Thoughts for vaccinating a child
by AJ on November 14, 2016 - 9:01pm
Most people are very familiar with vaccinations; whether they have children that were vaccinated at birth, they remember themselves vaccinated or someone they know being vaccinated. It is a typical that the majority of people have received vaccines because, this is what we have been taught to be the best practice. There have been many requirements throughout the world, requiring students to be vaccinated to attend school. Jie Jenny Zou and Roger Miller wrote the article, “Increasing number of New York school children skipping vaccinations” stating that, “More than 22,000 medical and religious exemptions were granted to students for the 2013-14 school year, up 27 percent from 2010-11, according to the state Health Department.” There have also been numerous studies to see if vaccinations have a link to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The website VaccineDecision.info wrote the article, “Vaccines and Autism” this article states, “The U.S. government has compensated families for children in whom it has been determined that vaccines were the cause of autism. Still the government denies that vaccines cause autism.” Along with this, there are new statements saying that the higher the rate of vaccinations, the larger the infant death rate is. Dr. Mercola wrote the article, “UK Scraps Pneumonia Vaccines Because They “Don’t Work’” which states, “The United States requires infants to receive 26 vaccines (the most in the world) yet more than 6 U.S. infants die per every 1,000 live births. In contrast, Sweden and Japan administer 12 vaccines to infants, the least amount, and report less than 3 deaths per 1,000 live births.” Are vaccines helping children, or are they doing more harm than good?
With all this new information about vaccinations arising, it is important to take intoconsideration the effects that vaccines have on children. Most schools require children tobe current on the recommended vaccination schedule. The exceptions are if they are religiously or medically exempt, where many parents are using this as a way of not vaccinating their children. Zou and Miller state, “The study also noted that 34 of the 62 New York counties reported high increases in religious exemption rates. Nationally, exemption rates have remained relatively stable until recent years, the authors added.” This information shows that parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children in New York State due to the possible risks, which is being seen more and more. One of the risks that may be associated with vaccinations is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The question if vaccines play a role in Autism has been a hot topic for a while. There is no firm confirmation if the two are linked or not. Parents and care givers still fear the uncertainty. They are unsure on whether to or not to vaccinate their children due to the adverse effects. This brings up a statement from the article “Vaccines and Autism”. This article stated that, “So why are there those that are so anxious to close the door on the possibility of a vaccine/autism connection? The answer is somewhat obvious, in that if there is a connection it would mean a lot less people wanting to give their children vaccinations. This was just the case in Europe, where vaccination rates decreased due to concerns with the MMR vaccine/ autism connection.” This is the case though, even without accurate data linking autism to vaccines, parents are still skeptical on vaccinating their children. Another risk of vaccinating children that many parents are concerned of, is the rise of infant deaths with the increase of vaccinations. Dr. Mercola stated, “Zimbabwe’s infant mortality rate tripled between 1990 and 2010 – when the most vaccines were added to their vaccination schedule!” While there is no data that has been proven to be completely accurate these are still issues that one must consider.
Many more risks and benefits will arise from the use of vaccinations as time goes on. A major risk associated with vaccinations is parents choosing not to vaccinate their children due to possible adverse reactions, may cause an outbreak of a disease. The risk long term changes in the child’s developmental milestones, due to vaccinations, have caregivers questioning what is better for their child. The increased risk of infant death syndrome where there are increase in immunizations brings concern to all families facing the debate of having immunizations administered on schedule. These risks associated with vaccinations make it an important decision to consider when vaccinating your children.
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