To Vaccinate or not to, Mothers …that’s the Question?
Not anymore! If you are struggling with the pros and cons of Vaccinations, here are a few good thoughts.
3 Million Lives are saved worldwide each year by Vaccines – which in effect means that 45 Billion Dollars of future healthcare costs were saved by preempting these diseases. A case in point Smallpox has been completely eradicated and polio is on the threshold of being eradicated by vaccination and early interventions.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), “The two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world’s health are clean water and vaccines” I am sure as a concerned parent, you wouldn’t want your children to be a part of this statistic – that, 1.5 Million Children die annually from Vaccination Preventable Diseases.
At the heart of the debate are parents at both sides of the argument wanting the same thing, they want their children safe. Away from the concerns of corporate interests of big Pharma companies, should we risk the lives of our children based on a few arguments?
Vaccination refusals were largely to be blamed 2010 break of whooping cough in USA! Such was the case with measles and mumps. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world and a small shot can save you from future complications!
So here is the real scoop…
A Little History First:
Edward Jenner – An English scientist is known as the father of immunology discovered the smallpox vaccine which is the only effective preventive treatment of the fatal smallpox disease. He coined the term vaccination that comes from the Latin word “Vacca” which means ‘Cow’.
What are Vaccinations?
Vaccinations introduce dead or severely weakened disease particles into the body so that the body is trained to fend it off when exposed to the real thing. This does not cause the real disease because our immune system; even that of children’s immune system.
That being said, Vaccinations are not for kids alone – it’s important for adults to be vaccinated too.
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal and Meningococcal, Human Papillomavirus Vaccinations are some of the adult vaccinations.
Recently in 1995, Chicken Pox vaccination was introduced which can be administered to adults as well.
Refer to this infographic on the, ‘Science facts about some Vaccinations pros and cons, myths‘
Common Vaccine Myths
- Vaccines are ridden with toxic chemicals that can harm children
Thimersol, the chemical being referenced, does contain mercury. However, Thimersol has been removed from scheduled vaccines and only resides in the seasonal flu vaccine.
- The decision to not vaccinate my child only affects my child
Un-vaccinated children who contract a disease can infect infants yet to be inoculated, the small percentage of people whose vaccines did not take, and people with compromised immune systems.
- Receiving too many vaccines at once can override a baby’s immune system
Baby’s immune systems are strong enough to defend from the day to day viruses and bacteria with which they come in contact; they can also handle the vaccines. Remember, vaccines use deactivated viruses in their ingredients.
- Drug companies just do it to make profits
According to the WHO, estimated 2013 global revenues for all vaccines is around $24 billion, which only accounts for approximately 2 – 3% of the total pharmaceuticals market. Vaccinations keep them from needing their products in future.
Is it Safe to Give Vaccinations in Clusters?
Giving children multiple vaccinations in a cluster is completely safe. Many more germs are encountered every day when they play in the dirt! Cited
Side effects of Vaccinations
Mild redness, slight swelling around the injected spot, brief headache or fever are actually symptoms that the body is responding well to the treatment and is being trained how to deal with it when the real deal happens.
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