Vaccines Have Stood the Test of Time

More now, than ever, parents need to realize the necessity of vaccinations for their children.

By Melinda Henricks

Despite current misinformation, vaccines are imperative to the health of our children.

A loving mother paces the hospital, her baby is in the intensive-care unit suffering from deadly meningitis, tubes are everywhere and she can’t hold or comfort her daughter.

This mother loves her child and wanted to make an informed choice regarding immunizations. Instead, she became overwhelmed with the controversy surrounding vaccines and she hesitated; her child suffered from a severe case of meningitis.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, about 30 percent of parents in the United States hesitate when it comes to vaccinating their children. Due to continued concerns about autism and negativity surrounding vaccines, many parents are now electing not to vaccinate their children.

When parents hesitate to vaccinate their children and ignore science, everyone is at risk. According to the American Drug Administration, vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, whooping cough, and meningitis are still a threat. Outbreaks of preventable diseases occur when parents decide not to vaccinate their children.

The polio outbreak from 1945 to 1960 was essentially eliminated in the United States because of the polio vaccine. Government statistics show that during this time period there were over 35,000 cases annually. By 1961, the vaccine was being given regularly and the number of cases dropped to 17 that year.

Additionally, children that are not vaccinated can spread diseases to children who are too young to be vaccinated, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems. Vaccinations are safe and effective. All vaccines undergo careful review by scientists, doctors and the federal government to ensure safety.

The FDA requires 10 or more years of testing for all vaccines. Moreover, vaccines protect the herd. Herd immunity or community immunity means that when a critical portion of the population is vaccinated against a contagious disease, it is unlikely that an outbreak of the disease will occur, thus protecting everyone.

The Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines, Ellen Clayton, MD and JD Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. and co-author of Adverse Effects of Vaccines, summarized the results of the report as follows: “The MMR vaccine does not cause autism! The MMR and DTaP do not cause type 1 diabetes. And the” killed flu vaccine” does not cause Bell’s palsy, nor do any of these trigger episodes of asthma.”

Parents have the right to make informed health and welfare decisions for their children. Concerns about autism should be overcome by the fact that these combination vaccines have been used successfully since the 1940s. Not until recent years, have autism or other vaccine-related fears become the issues that they are today.

Obviously, parents love their children and want to do the best for their health and safety. It is important to “heed the warnings of experts, Vaccinate your children.

The cost to your child and society can be deadly. Because vaccines have been successful, most people have not experienced diseases in epidemic proportion.

So, don’t wait, or hesitate, vaccinate.

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