Vaccinations spark a lot of debate in the parenting community. Anti-vaccination advocates assert that vaccinating children exposes them to harmful ingredients that can cause grave side effects, most notably autism. However, the recent measles outbreak has many parents reconsidering their stance against vaccination.
The media has played a tremendous role in molding society’s perception of vaccinations. As specialists in pediatric care, it is our duty to ensure parents are properly informed regarding the nature of vaccines. If you’re on the fence about getting your child vaccinated, here are 5 reasons why it may be in your best interest to do so.
Measles are making a comeback
As previously mentioned, measles are making a huge comeback. So far, the disease has affected more than 150 people across the United States. International travel has been identified as the culprit for the most recent measles outbreak. Unvaccinated travelers pick up the virus outside the U.S. and unknowingly bring it back home. If your child is unvaccinated against the measles, they are at risk to contract the virus.
Every child deserves to be protected
Many anti-vaccination advocates argue that most diseases that vaccines target aren’t big a deal, but any disease that induces debilitating side effects should be cause for alarm. Parents should be wary of claims that viruses such as the measles, chickenpox and rubella are relatively harmless. This only encourages the spread of such diseases among children who are not vaccinated.
Unvaccinated children can actually promote outbreaks
Vaccination is beneficial to the community at large because it generates herd immunity. When a large portion of the population is immunized against a contagious disease, herd immunity provides a veil of protection over unvaccinated individuals. With more and more parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, herd immunity is slowly but surely diminishing. Unvaccinated children not only have a higher risk of developing certain viruses, but also promote the spread of these viruses when they do become sick.
Vaccines don’t end at childhood
While you may be able to shield your child from vaccinations when they are young, you won’t be able to do so in their adulthood. Vaccines don’t just stop existing when your child becomes an adult. Examples of vaccines recommended for adults 19 and over protect against influenza, Varicella, Tetanus and human papillomavirus (for women).
As a healthcare providers and parents, we vaccinate our children
We wouldn’t recommend vaccinating your child if we didn’t vaccinate our own. For this reason, every parent is given the recommended schedule for vaccinations to review once their child reaches the proper age for vaccination. After thoroughly discussing the facts about vaccinations, parents can then make an informed decision about how they intend to move forward. Our recommendation will always be to vaccinate your child. Based on your child’s medical history, we are able to recommend what vaccines should be administered.
For the sake of your child’s health, it is fundamental to keep them vaccinated. To find out which vaccines your child should have this year, call an experienced Orlando pediatrician at Family First Pediatrics at 407-335-4760 or schedule an appointment online.