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The intellectual dishonesty of the “vaccines didn’t save us” gambit

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To Vaccinate or Not Vaccinate — That is The Question

Not much in life is more confusing than health care when talking about vaccinations. Other than the near mandate to get vaccinated when heading overseas, the question of “To vaccinate or not,” will get a thread going on social media. It seems that everyone has made their choice and will fight to the end to defend it. So what is a person to do?

Despite risks, and there is always a risk with any medical procedure, most people trust in vaccinations. Giving everyone a chance to air out their viewpoint can be proactive. Too many parents though panic when it’s time to make an informed decision.

Neutralize the Nay-Sayers

Vaccines are not 100-perfect effect. Some persons may have health reasons for avoiding a vaccination. Some vaccines can’t be given before a specific age. These facts, and the decision we make, often affect other people. For example, y not getting vaccinated, we may endanger the lie of a child too young to get the pertussis vaccine.

As a cooperative effort, there are more benefits. If enough receive vaccinations against particular diseases, “herd immunity” emerges and provides a space for those who cannot be vaccinated to be protected indirectly. For some illnesses, maintaining herd immunity can trigger the disease’s elimination and, possibly, eradication. Measles is just one disease which could be eradicated in this manner.

There are also risks. Most of the adverse effects of vaccinations are mild and fleeting. Despite this, there is still a real, but minute, risk of more significant reactions. Vaccinating against a backdrop of morbidity will happen, and we have become skilled at noticing.

The idea of a possible adverse reaction is a stumbling block for some.  Others don’t vaccinate because of stories of sickness following a vaccine. There are other reasons as well: Becoming frightened of vaccine ingredients, a mistrust of science in general, or something else. All have one thing in common — they are built on logical fallacies which permit us to answer some questions.

As our vaccine decisions affect society, other societal benefits are revealed If we allow ur vaccinated children to play with unvaccinated kids, the reason(s) for not vaccinating are based on logical mistakes. We can engage as parents. We don’t need the detailed knowledge of health workers to ‘convince’ anyone of the rightness of our position.

Getting, and staying, involved with anti-vaccination discussion groups and pointing out the logical fallacies, we can neutralize the enormous amount of misinformation and reduce the numbers of persons who choose not to vaccinate “after doing their research.”

What’s a Parent To Do?

First, speak with your child’s physician — their pediatrician. What is best for your child may be getting a vaccine as an infant and got getting a booster when they’re five. When your child is five, the doctor may recommend getting a flu vaccine. There are many factors involved in determining what your child needs and what can be skipped.

There are some vaccinations highly recommended such as measles, mumps, and rubella, or MMR. T-dap (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) and any other dangerous illnesses your child may be exposed to. Children who need to skip MMR and T-dap are the exception.

Again, have an open and transparent dialogue with your family physician. Only after discussing your concerns can you decide on a course of action