Vaccination is a controversial topic, to say the least. There is so much information buzzing around the Internet, which makes it challenging to understand the pros and cons to each side of the argument. As you prepare your child to embark on their educational journey, here is a list that explains both sides of the argument to help you decide whether or not your child should be vaccinated.
Vaccines don’t cause autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a list of more than 40 studies that show no link between vaccines and autism. One study in 1996 suggested that there is an obvious link but it was later disproved and the doctor lost his medical license. Anecdotes are not proof or evidence of a connection.
Autism Vaccines can cause autism. One study in 1996 proved a link between vaccines and autism. There are a lot of anecdotes about children developing autism after vaccination. There may be limited supporting evidence between flu vaccines and autism, but there is plenty of evidence regarding vaccines like swine flu and HPV. There is no proof that vaccines actually save lives.
Yes, vaccines contain some mercury. Thimerosal has not been present in routine vaccines for children younger than 6 since 2001. Both the flu shot and some vaccines for adults and older children can be found in thimerosal-free versions, or with only trace amounts.
Yes, vaccines contain mercury. According to the CDC, most flu shots contain Thimerosal, a preservative containing about 50% mercury. There are a lot of other harmful chemicals in vaccines, and some people may find them immoral or unethical.
Concern: Vaccines side effects
Vaccines are not risk free. Kids who are higher risk for adverse side effects should proceed with caution, according to the CDC. However, enduring minor side effects is better than acquiring full blown infection. Also, adverse reactions are very rare.
Vaccines are not risk free. Some children have a higher risk for having side effects, such as seizures, soreness at the injection site, fever or death. 1 in 14,000 children suffer a seizure after receiving the DTaP shot; that number is 1 in 3,000 with the MMR vaccine.
Concern: Herd Immunity
If everyone in a community is immunized against a disease, no one, or very few, will get sick, thus stopping the disease from spreading.
The problem with herd immunity is that there will always be some people who can’t get immunized due to health or age restrictions, therefore making this argument irrelevant. Also, people can catch some diseases, like tetanus and hepatitis A, from contaminated soil or food, not another person.
Concern: Natural Immunity
While natural infection can provide a more complete immunity than vaccines, the person must first survive or endure the full infection.
Natural infection will often provide more complete immunity than a series of vaccinations.
In recent vaccine news – Check out this article about one Canadian mom’s measles experience.
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