For some parents, the choice to have his or her child is extremely difficult. For other parents, it seems the only path to choose. Either way, it is a personal decision that must be made as soon as the baby enters the world.
There are reasonable arguments both pro and con having a child vaccinated. There are risks to vaccinations. Some children have died after being vaccinated. However, vaccines do work. Potentially harmful viral and bacterial diseases have vanished or dwindled severely as more children are vaccinated.
If you are struggling to decide, there are some things to consider. If your child is allergic to yeast, eggs, alum, latex, MSG, aluminum, lactose, sorbitol, gelatin, and some other substances, some vaccines contain them as ingredients, so you are better off skipping the vaccinations or talking to your child’s pediatrician to find a vaccine that is clear of an possible allergens.
The same goes for children with asthma, cancer, blood disorders, immunosuppression, cerebral palsy, seizures, and other ailments. The vaccinations can cause adverse effects in these children endangering their lives. Again, talk to your child’s pediatrician to see if there is an alternative that will not affect the child. If not, you should skip the vaccine.
Those who strongly opposed vaccinations often do by saying that the diseases had already started to disappear on their own due to hygienic practices. There is truth to this statement, but the numbers also suggest that the vaccines truly work. When the vaccine for measles was introduced, there were almost 500,000 cases of measles per year.
Within five years, the numbers plummeted to less than 20,000. The same is true for Hib. Since it was put on the market in 1990, the numbers of cases have dropped from 20,000 to 1,400 in a two-year span. In the late 1980s, Russia stopped giving children the diphtheria vaccine. By 1989, the number of cases rose from 800 to 50,000 cases and around 1,700 deaths occurred as a result.
A second fear revolves around the vaccine actually causing the disease it is supposed to prevent. Many vaccines are 98% effective, but there are some people who do not grow the necessary antibodies from the vaccine. In these people, the disease can form. This happens very rarely, less than 1% of the time. There is no proof linking the vaccine to the disease.
It just means the vaccine didn’t work in that particular person. Studies have shown that some common medicines like aspirin and antibiotics will reduce the effectiveness of a vaccination. If someone takes aspirin and then goes for his or her vaccinations, the aspirin can cause the vaccination to fail.
One of the largest concerns is that the vaccination can lead to death. Only in a small number do effects of vaccinations lead beyond the common low-grade fever and swelling/tenderness at the injection site. Giving your child acetaminophen before and after the vaccine can help curb those side effects.
Those who have shown more severe side effects typically have an illness or condition not disclosed to the doctor before hand-allergy, current illness (flu, cold), or physical condition. Even then, only one per every 10,000 to 1,000,000 vaccines ever led to something more serious.