The number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases has been reduced by over 90 percent, yet many parents still question the safety because of misinformation.
As a parent, you know the importance of car seats and baby gates and other ways to keep the children safe. Did you know that 1 of the greatest ways to guard them is being hotly contested both online and in the real world?
The truth is vaccinations can save your child’s life
Due to rapid advancement in medicine, your child may now be protected against more diseases than ever in history. Some diseases that used to injure, or kill, thousands of children have been eliminated entirely. Others are close to extinction. Polio is just one instance of the impact that immunization have had in America. Polio used to be one of the country’s most-fear diseases. Where it used to cause death and paralysis nationally, today, thanks to immunizations, there are zero reports of polio in America.
Safe and Effective
Immunizations are given to children only after a long and careful scientific review. While there may be some discomfort, redness and tenderness at the point of vaccination, this is insignificant contrasted to the trauma of the diseases the vaccines prevent. Severe allergic reactions happen but are very rare. The prevention benefits of shots are greater than the potential side effects.
Kids in America still get vaccine-preventable diseases. During the last several years, America has seen a resurgence of measles and whooping cough. Since 2010, there have been tens of thousands of whooping cough each year. Each year, between 10 and 20 babies, too young to be fully vaccinated, die. While some infants are too young to be protected by vaccination, others might not be able to get specific immunizations due to allergies. To keep them safe, it is vital that you and your children, who can get vaccinated, are adequately protected.
Save Time and Money
Children with a disease that could have been prevented with immunizations may be denied attendance at school or even daycare. Some preventable diseases may result in disabilities and can take an economic toll because of lost work time, doctor bills and even long-term care. Getting vaccinated is a sound investment and is generally covered by insurance. For low-income parents, the Vaccines for Children program is a federally financed plan that provides vaccines at no charge.
Vaccines help protect future generations. Immunizations have reduced or eliminated many diseases that killed just a few generations back. One example is smallpox: smallpox vaccines eliminated the disease globally. Your children won’t have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease doesn’t exist today. Giving children rubella vaccine dramatically decreases the risk that pregnant women will pass this virus to their fetus. As a result, birth defects associated with rubella are no longer seen in America.
Talking to Others
Face it. Parents talk. Parents with children talk about the kiddies. Lately, the subject of vaccinating the children has been everywhere. If you believe children SHOULD be immunized, how do you respond to parents who are anti-vaccination?
If they claim that immunizations cause autism, explain that the physician who published that study falsified data. Also, be sure to tell them that he received over $675,000 from a law firm intending to sue vaccine makers.
If they point out a co-worker who never immunized his kids, and they never got sick, explain how lucky his children are. Thanks to the community around them that had a large portion of its members immunized, his kids are protected by the effects of herd immunity.
If they believe that immunizations cause allergies, tell them that correlation is not the same thing as causation. There is no evidence to support an imagined vaccine/allergy connection. In large-scale observational studies, no significant association between immunizations and allergies was found.
Also, be sure to tell them that because of vaccinations, kids aren’t being crippled by polio or killed by measles. Tell them that 1.5 million children, each year, never live to see their 5th birthday because they did not receive vaccines against preventable diseases.