Childhood vaccinations

Though vaccinations can prevent a number of childhood illnesses, some believe mandatory vaccination violates individual rights and can actually do more harm than good. Many people do not believe that they should be forced by law into getting their children vaccinated but many states do allow exemptions for moral and religious beliefs.  In my opinion, my right to not have my child infected with a communicable disease trumps your right to skip immunizing your child.

On 30 March 1967, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed Mumpsvax, The Mumpsvax vaccine was recommended for routine use in the US in 1977. The chickenpox vaccine first became commercially available in 1984.

Before the widespread use of the vaccine, measles was so common that infection was considered “as inevitable as death and taxes. In the United States, reported cases of measles fell from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands per year following introduction of the vaccine in 1963

As a child I had measles, chickenpox and mumps. It used to be common practice back then to expose your child to these diseases, so they would develop a natural immunity. There were no vaccines.

From January 1 to April 19, 2019, 626 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000, second only to the 667 cases reported during all of 2014. According to the Associated Press, over 1,200 people have died in Madagascar as a result of a measles epidemic dating to last year. By mid-March, 117,075 cases had been reported by the health ministry, affecting all regions of the country.

Serious side effects of vaccination appear to be no more common than those from other types of medication such as antibiotics, fever reducers and pain relievers. In my opinion, vaccines have helped children stay healthy for more than 50 years, they are safe and vaccinations work. Yet many parents still question their safety because of misinformation they’ve received. Just because it is on the internet doesn’t make it true. That’s why I think it’s important to turn to a reliable and trusted source, including your child’s doctor, for information. Most healthcare professionals believe in their effectiveness to prevent life threatening illnesses.

Most childhood diseases are rarer due to vaccines according to what I’ve read and if they are not given, the bacteria and viruses that cause these diseases could begin to infect more and more children. In the United States vaccines protect children from many diseases but in many parts of the world vaccine preventable diseases are still quite common. Because these diseases may be brought into the United States by Americans who travel abroad or by immigrants, it’s important for your child to be vaccinated.

 A highly weakened strain of the Rubella virus is given as a vaccination to guard against the disease commonly called Measles or German Measles. Many studies have shown that this immunity lasts at least 15 years while a natural immunity created from actually contracting the disease will last a lifetime.

According to the CDC, Chickenpox is a very contagious disease.  The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get the chickenpox vaccine. Without being vaccinated and contracting Chicken Pox could cause shingles in later life.

Mumps vaccine is also created from an extremely weakened strain of the mumps virus. The mumps virus is self-limiting and will provide a lifetime immunity if contracted. The duration of the vaccine protection is unknown, however it has been shown to last at least 12 years.

According to a report by researchers at the Pediatric Academic Society, childhood vaccinations in the U.S. prevent about 10.5 million cases of infectious illness and 33,000 deaths per year. Vaccines have reduced and in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. Your children don’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease was eradicated decades ago and currently there is no evidence of naturally occurring smallpox transmission anywhere in the world. However, small quantities of smallpox virus officially still exist in research laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, and in Russia.  

Polio has almost been eliminated but according to the world health organization two countries in the world have never stopped the transmission of Polio (Pakistan and Afghanistan). As long as a single child remains infected with poliovirus, children in all countries are at risk of contracting the disease.

It is natural to want to understand the potential risks of vaccination, especially when the benefits are invisible, but you’ll never know how many times your child is exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease and makes use of their vaccine-induced immunity. Vaccination is not just a personal choice either. The “vaccinated community” where everyone possible in a community has been vaccinated against a disease helps to protect those who are not able to be vaccinated. These include children too young to receive vaccines and those Individuals with weakened immune systems. 

I believe it is a good idea to have children vaccinated against childhood diseases. This helps protect only you but your family, friends, and neighbors

I am not a medical professional and don’t even play one on television, however I do a lot of research and tries to reach informed opinions. One of these topics he has researched is childhood vaccinations.