What You Need to Know About Immunisations
Being a parent can be difficult at times, especially when it comes to making decisions and choices that will impact the lives of children. And these decisions become even more difficult when they’re mired in controversy, as is the case with vaccinations.
While medical practitioners are almost unanimous in their support of vaccines and the necessity for them, there is a trend, especially in Western countries, for parents not to want to vaccinate their children.
Whether you’re opposed to vaccination or a firm believer in immunisation, here are five widespread anti-vaccination concerns and what medical professionals have to say about them:
Vaccines Aren’t Necessary Anymore
Some people believe that the chance of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease has decreased significantly due to medical evolution and improved lifestyle conditions across the world. However, the only vaccine-preventable disease that is completely eradicated from the world is smallpox. Polio is the next closest to being eliminated, but it still exists in some countries. Research shows that if enough people are vaccinated, it’s harder for the disease to spread.
Vaccines Weaken a child’s immune system
Another concern is that vaccines may weaken a child’s immune system, and that natural immunity works better than biologically engineered alternatives. A report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), refuted this claim with research that found no significant difference between the immune systems of vaccinated and unvaccinated children.
Vaccines Cause Autism
A study published in 1998 suggested that the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine might cause autism. However, the research used in that study was found to be false and the claim had to be retracted. According to a research review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no valid scientific evidence linking the MMR vaccine to autism.
What Goes Into Vaccines
Those opposed to vaccines believe that vaccinations may be harmful because they contain unsafe toxins. It’s true that vaccines include chemicals like thimerosal and formaldehyde, the dosage found in vaccines are extremely low. Although these chemicals can be found in vaccinations, they are also present in day-to-day substances such as seafood and poultry.
As a parent, you have an obligation to make what you think is the best decision regarding your children’s immunisations. Deciding whether to vaccinate or not is an important choice, one which must be made from an informed position.
If you need more information on these, or any other claims made for or against vaccinations, please speak to your trusted healthcare provider.