The use of vaccines has led to major improvements in child health. Many of the infectious illnesses you or your parents had as children, from chickenpox to polio to measles, no longer affect most children today thanks to vaccinations.
As parents and caregivers, we all want to take the safest steps for our children, and that includes paying attention to the things that go into their bodies. As a result, vaccines have come under more scrutiny in recent years, with some parents questioning their safety and necessity. Despite these concerns, thankfully, the vast majority of parents still choose to vaccinate their children according to the recommended schedule.
Vaccines are safe
Some people have expressed concerns about vaccine safety. Vaccines save lives and protect against the spread of disease. Not immunizing children puts them at risk to catch a disease that is dangerous or deadly and also puts others in contact with that child at risk. Getting vaccinated is much better than getting the disease.
Most reactions from vaccines, such as a sore arm or slight fever, are very minor and do not last long, whereas the diseases they prevent are often severe and can be fatal.
Some parents have questions on the safety of vaccines, the number given at the same time, myths about autism, and contents of the vaccines themselves. There is ample information to answer these questions, which are best discussed with your child’s doctor who is committed to working with you to keep your child well.
Research has been conducted on all of these topics and more, and the studies continue to find vaccines to be a safe and effective way to prevent serious disease.