Just How Safe Are Vaccines?

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When Not To Vaccinate

A child’s doctor should always be informed of any allergies and health condition of a child before they are vaccinated, to prevent the likelihood of a severe reaction to any of the ingredients.
In addition, a child should not be vaccinated if they are very ill. It is usually okay to proceed when they are suffering from a mild cold or the sniffles.

In a child with a weakened immune system, due to disease such as cancer or HIV/Aids or alternatively medication including steroids, radiation therapy or chemotherapy, vaccination is not advisable.

Vaccinating Against Harmless Diseases

Some diseases that vaccines target are relatively harmless, causing some to believe that vaccines for these cases are unnecessary.

  • Chickenpox is an example. It often manifests as just a rash with blisters and can be treated with acetaminophen, cool compresses, and calamine lotion.
  • The measles is normally a rash accompanied by a fever and runny nose and can be treated with rest and fluids.
  • Rubella is often just a virus with a rash and low fever and can be treated with acetaminophen.
  • Rotavirus can normally be treated with hydration and probiotics.

Of course there are exceptions, and situations where these diseases are fatal.

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Delaying Vaccinations

Some parents choose to follow their own immunisation schedule, in order to delays or spaces out several vaccines. The motivation behind this is to prevent children from receiving more than two shots at any time.

This is considered a good way to limit overexposure to toxins, and some think that a child’s immune system will benefit from a more gentle approach.

Other’s argue that young children naturally adept at handling vaccines, considering that they are exposed to more antigens, bacteria, viruses, toxins, and other substances that can stimulate disease-fighting antibodies, in a single day of eating, playing, and breathing than they are through immunizations.

Still, there are also a rising number of parents opting to delay immunization for their children and even skipping some of them entirely. In cases where vaccinations are a requirement of attending a particular school, religious or philosophical reasons are typically cited to exempt students from these rules.

Most doctor’s do not support this approach, advising parents that delaying or stagger the vaccinations could put their young child in harm. The younger the child the more vulnerable they are and the more danger these diseases present, so starting early is the key.

The Importance of Vaccines

Vaccines are the best defense that we have against many life threatening diseases. There is no question that they prevent less danger than the diseases they aim to prevent.

Millions of people live longer on average because of the protection vaccines provide, and life expectancy has risen by more than 30 years. Infant mortality has decreased from 100 deaths per 1000 to 7 between the 1900s and 2000s. Vaccines have played a huge part in this, when prior to vaccination for diphtheria, small pox was one of the most common illness and death among children, now it is rarely reported.
Children receive more vaccines today than they did 30 years ago, thanks to medical advances they can now be protected from at least 14 dangerous diseases.

Summary

The general opinion is that vaccination is safe and one of the greatest health developments of the 20th century. Supporters point out that illnesses, including rubella, diphtheria, smallpox, polio, and whooping cough, are now prevented by vaccination and millions of children’s lives are saved. They contend adverse reactions to vaccines are extremely rare.

Opponents say that children’s immune systems can deal with most infections naturally, and that injecting questionable vaccine ingredients into a child may cause side effects, including seizures, paralysis, and death. They contend that numerous studies prove that vaccines may trigger problems like autism, ADHD, and diabetes.
At the heart of the vaccine debate is the idea that when you immunize your children you don’t just protect them — you help shield your entire community. The answer is not an easy one, but it is extremely subjective. When it comes to our children there is nothing that stirs us more.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Would you choose to vaccinate your children or not? We would love to hear from you.

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