A Debate: Should You Vaccinate your Child?

A Debate: Should You Vaccinate your Child?

It is every parent’s responsibility to vaccinate their child – at least that is what the law says. Correct us if we are wrong but if you are a parent living in the U.S. these days, you may have heard of the endless debates of parents, creationists and science enthusiasts about this issue.

If you have not heard about this, we will be walking you through these various standpoints so that you will be kept up to date and so that you can form a conclusion of your own.

Vaccination is the process of injecting an antigenic material, popularly known as vaccine, in order to boost up a person’s immune system thereby completing the immunization procedure.

The government has made it clear to all U.S. citizens to vaccinate their children. The CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in their website (www.cdc.gov) this requirement in their following statement:

“State vaccination laws include vaccination requirements for children in public and private schools and daycare settings; college/university students; and healthcare workers and patients in certain facilities.

State laws also determine whether providing vaccinations to patients is within the scope of practice of certain healthcare professionals. The Public Health Law Program provides selected resources for public health practitioners and their legal counsel on state vaccination laws.”

But we must highlight the fact that even up until these days; there are still some states that respect the decision of parents to except their child from immunization.

Parents have different reasons as to why they chose to let their child off the hook and at the other side of those reasons are our own scientific grounds as to why it is a must for every parent to submit their child to vaccination.

THE DEBATE

Skeptics: Vaccines do not work.

Many people believe that the whole process of getting your child vaccinated will just be useless because vaccines do not work in the first place. Vaccines are created for children to be immune to diseases like small pox, polio, whooping cough and many more. But children naturally develop immunization in their body as they grow.

Aside from that, there has been no case of children suffering from the aforementioned diseases in these contemporary times. In fact, vaccines are just water and it only makes pharmaceutical companies and healthcare institutions earn more.

Experts say…

Vaccines are effective in boosting up a child’s immune system. The reason why we do not experience those diseases in the present times is that because the adults in this generation are currently vaccinated during their infant years. And regarding money, immunization services are often given for free by the government so one can opt for the free service instead of paying.

In addition to that, children will be naturally immune to the disease once they have had the infection but if their immune system cannot handle it, they will indubitably experience intolerable pain and some will eventually succumb to death. You do not want that, do you?

Skeptics: Vaccines cause autism.

A study in the year 1997 shook the research community when a British surgeon named Andrew Wakefield published a study in The Lancet, a prominent medical journal. His study claimed that vaccines created against the following diseases causes the increase of autism cases in children in Britain:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (MMR)

Experts say…

According to publichealth.org and we quote:

“The paper has been completely discredited due to serious procedural errors, undisclosed financial conflicts of interests, and ethical violations. Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license and the paper was retracted from The Lancet.

Nonetheless, the hypothesis was taken seriously and several other major studies were conducted. None of them found a link between any vaccine and the likelihood of developing autism”

Rest assured that vaccination brings more benefits than harm to your child. With those myths cleared, we hope that you will visit your nearest health institution or pharmacy and follow your child’s vaccination schedule.

Eastern’s Pharmacy is a Pharmacy in Seattle that offers flu shots to help keep the immune system of your beloved angel up and fighting against the harmful effects of flu.

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