Vaccinating your child is the process of supply a very small, weak strain of a disease into the child. By doing this, usually through a shot, the body is able to develop antibodies that will protect you for the rest of your life from contracting these diseases. Diseases such as small pox, diphtheria, polio, Hib infections and others can stop because of these vaccinations in children. So, why questions what these vaccinations can do?
Evidence And Concern
For some children, there is a risk of becoming infected with some type of illness or even the specific illness that is being contracted for. Doctors take great strides to insure that children do not get ill from their vaccinations but in some children, the development of antibodies is not possible, and for others the vaccinations can lead to other problems. For some time, patients believed that by getting vaccinations their children were at a higher risk for complicated medical problems including autism. While there is evidence to support that this is not true and that there is no link, some parents believe that there is a risk and therefore have avoided allowing their child to be vaccinated.
The government does require that children be vaccinated by illnesses prior to being able to go to school. By doing this, they help to prevent the spread of these illnesses from child to child. Some of them can lead to blindness, painful infections and even can be fatal. Vaccinations help to ward off these problems. Yet, there are parents that have not gotten their child vaccinated who are now battling to get their child into school. Some may accomplish this others will not. Only parents can make a decision whether or not to risk their child's life by not getting vaccinations or to get them and risk potential health risks.
What You Need To Know
Making an educated decisions about vaccinating is important to all families. No matter what you may have heard, get the facts straight from your doctor about your own child's risks. There are many facts to consider in these cases.
- 10 percent of children are vaccinated properly in some inner cities, where illnesses persist
- Vaccinations are normally not worrisome. While there are risks, they are only present in a small fraction of the population. Talk to your doctor about potential risks to your child.
- There are eleven diseases that children are vaccinated against. The vaccinations often need to come in doses, which usually amounts to 16 total doses of the vaccine over a several year period.
- Most vaccines are fully complete by the time the child is two years old.
- Most doctor’s offices, city governments and even hospitals offer low cost or free vaccinations to families that require them.
- Vaccines are covered under Medicare plans for children who qualify for the program
It is easy to see the benefit that vaccinating provides. Children in the United States are well vaccinated for the most part. If you compare the fact that only about 1500 cases of measles in children in the United States since 1983, and the fact that in countries without vaccinations, these diseases are epidemics, you can see just how effective they can be.
Another way to look at the effectiveness of vaccinating is to see it monetarily. It is estimated that for every dollar spent on vaccinations, this saves an estimated ten dollars in health care costs down the road.
What should you do? Should you risk not having your child immunized? Should you get the vaccines and hope for the best? Before making this decision, talk with your doctor. Find out what they can provide to you in the way of information. In most situations, you will be able to get answers to your questions and find out what the likely effect will be on your child. In most cases, children will get over the initial prick of the needle within just minutes. They may run a slight temperature later, but most children are not bothered in any way from the shots they receive.