contagious disease

To immunise or not to immunise that is the question

When you look into the Pros and Cons of vaccinating your first child it is not clear cut by any means. In fact the more I researched the more unsure I became. Both my children had allergies and a severe allergic reaction was something I was very worried about. In the end I compromised. My son received all of the of the vaccinations as a baby except for the measles one. That was administered in a hospital just in case he had a reaction when he was older. My daughter was very allergic so I delayed all vaccinations till she was ten reasoning that it was more risky to introduce a risk to her as a baby with an undeveloped immune system than when she was older.

I by no means am claiming that I made the right decision. My point is that it is not a simple decision as you will see from the Pros and cons I have provided below

PRO

Vaccines can save children’s lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that “most childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective in preventing disease.” [43] According to [email protected], a United Nations Foundation partner organization, vaccines save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year [44], which equates to roughly 285 children saved every hour. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 732,000 American children were saved from death and 322 million cases of childhood illnesses were prevented between 1994 and 2014 due to vaccination. [45] The measles vaccine has decreased childhood deaths from measles by 74%. [44]

 

CON

  • Vaccines can cause serious and sometimes fatal side effects. According to the CDC, all vaccines carry a risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in about one per million children. [49] The rotavirus vaccination can cause intussusception, a type of bowel blockage that may require hospitalization, in about one per 20,000 babies in the United States. [49] Long-term seizures, coma, lowered consciousness, and permanent brain damage may be associated with the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) and MMR vaccines, though the CDC notes the rarity of the reaction makes it difficult to determine causation. [49] The CDC reports that pneumonia can be caused by the chickenpox vaccine, and a “small possibility” exists that the flu vaccine could be associated with Guillain-Barr? Syndrome, a disorder in which the person?s immune system attacks parts of the peripheral nervous system, in about one or two per million people vaccinated. [49]. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) says that vaccines may be linked to learning disabilities, asthma, autism, diabetes, chronic inflammation, and other disabilities. [82] [83]

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