Vaccines are a very controversial topic. Do I listen to the doctor who is obviously pro the vaccines or to my girlfriends who are forgoing them because they say there is a link between autism and vaccines? It’s really confusing!! Here are the most important things you should know about vaccines.
1. The best defense to fight serious and sometimes fatal diseases is by vaccinating our children. The only other way is to lock them up and keep them in a bubble, but that’s impossible. Even if you’re really careful about who your child associates with and the places she goes, it is still not a guarantee that she will remain healthy. If your child does get the vaccines then the symptoms will be much less serious than if she hadn’t had the vaccines. People think that if they breastfeed their baby they pass immunity onto their child. The only antibodies that she gets are the ones that you’re immune to. These antibodies only last until she’s 3-6 months. That’s why the best time to do it is when they’re in their first few weeks so that she’ll be well protected when she grows out of this natural immunity.
2. Many infectious diseases are uncommon in the United States because most children get vaccinated. The mumps and the measles sounds so old fashion but they still exist today and can be very serious even fatal. The diseases that we have vaccines for in this country are rare but are very common in the rest of the world. Experts thought that the mumps disease was wiped out of the U.S. years ago. Recently the disease came back and they traced it back to a child who had traveled to Britain. We have to do whatever we can to fight these threats.
3. If most children get their vaccines then it can basically protect them from many diseases. If some children don’t, then they won’t be able to protect the next one. This creates a situation where there’s bound to be an outbreak. So when making a decision, realize you’re making a decision for others as well.
4. Vaccines are super safe because they are tried and tested many times. First, they’re studied very intensely, then it goes through many trials. After that, the FDA looks over it to make sure that it’s safe and effective. After it gets approved, the FDA monitors it’s production. Each vaccine has to prove it’s effectiveness and safety.
5. Some parents think that it’s better to expose their child to the disease rather than getting the vaccine. They should realize that these diseases like chicken pox is very uncomfortable and may cause fever, soreness etc. where as vaccines do not have these side effects.
The best way to go about deciding, is to listen to your doctor. You can ask him all your questions until you feel ready and safe to go ahead with the vaccines. There are only certain things that we can do in order to remain as healthy as we can. Why not do what we are capable of doing?