To understand the importance of vaccinations, a person can either time travel to the 1920s, or visit India.
After decades of national work, India was finally able to eliminate polio finally in 2014.
Sitting on a first world couch, many people don’t realize how protected their life is and they never understand the alternatives. Often people fail to understand the importance of the choices their parents made.
One visit outside of America and reveal the reality. Because better resources and planning is lacking, immunizations are still not universal in many countries. Many diseases that most Americans think have become extinct still kill children overseas.
Dr. Vicky Arcadi, family practitioner and researcher for 25 years in Los Angeles, has staked out the leading role in the anti-vaccinating camp; a position she’s held since 2008 when the U.S. government started to require mandatory immunizations for children.
Dr. Arcadi says the parents of the majority of children she sees in her pediatric practice have decided against vaccines. She is a believer in eating fresh and raw foods and eliminating dairy,, sugar and artificial sweeteners. Dr. Arcadi says there seem to be scientific evidence that the preservatives in vaccines may actually contribute to children succumbing to Autism following vaccination. Some of the other reasons parents opt out of vaccinating their children are:
Some vaccines contain trace amounts of mercury as a preservative named thimerosal. Mercury poisoning has been seen all over the world and causes lesions in the intestinal lining.
The New England Journal of Medicine reported of a two-dose vaccine failure that went on to lead to the largest outbreak of mumps in twenty years. Dr. Gustavo H. Dayan, the report’s lead author, concluded that changes in vaccination policy might be needed to stop future outbreaks.
Recent reports indicate that different measles vaccines may be causing juvenile diabetes. The study systematically eliminated all components within the vaccine over the course of the research. Researchers found that apparently the only remaining commonality was the administration of the same type of vaccine.
There’s been a great deal of news from the anti-vaccination caucus lately, but the other side of the story may make things a little different.
Many kids in America used to get measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, tonsillitis and chickenpox. It makes sense that many kids caught these diseases, they were far more common in previous decades.
Many of the diseases which the “baby-boomers” caught as kids are now rare in America. That’s not to say that kids who haven’t been immunized are completely, well, immune. True, the odds are smaller that young people will get them, it’s the herd immunity working; the more children immunized against a given disease, the less prevalent the disease is and the less likely anyone will get it — even those kids who have not been vaccinated. Many of the diseases though which have been practically eliminated in the US are still a going concern in other countries.
Vaccines do come with potential risks and Keri Peterson, a physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City is a vocal advocate of vaccines for anyone who is not allergic to the compounds.
“If you are not vaccinated, no matter how healthy you are, you won’t be protected from serious illnesses,” says Peterson. “By not getting your kid vaccinated, you make them susceptible and also create a health risk for the general population.”
5 Reasons to Vaccinate
Immunizations May Save Your Child’s Life
With advances in medicine your child can now be protected against more diseases. Afflictions that once injured or killed thousands of kids have been eliminated completely. One example of the impact vaccines can have on a population is the elimination of polio in America. Once the nation’s most feared disease, now, thanks to vaccination, there are to reports of polio in the country.
Save and Effective
Vaccines are only given to kids after a long, thorough review by scientists and healthcare workers. Vaccines do involve some discomfort and pain, and redness may occur, but the discomfort is minimal compared to the diseases the vaccines are designed to prevent.
Immunization Protects Others as Well
Kids in America still get vaccine-preventable diseases. There has been a resurgence of measles over the past several years with the US having over 21,000 cases of whooping cough reported in 2010 alone. Vaccination not only protects the family members, but also helps to keep your friends from getting the disease as well.
Save Time and Money
A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be barred entrance at school or daycare. The potential costs of lost time at work, along with medical bills, which can result from failing to get vaccines can take a financial toll on a family. Getting children vaccinated is a good investment which often is covered by insurance. For low-income families without insurance, there is a program, Vaccines for Children, which is federally funded and will provide the vaccines.
Protect Future Generations
Smallpox vaccines wiped out the disease globally. Children today don’t have to get smallpox shots because the disease no longer exists. Vaccinating kids against German measles means pregnant women now have a lower risk of passing the virus on to the fetus. If parents continue vaccinating now, future parents may live in a world where some diseases today are no longer around to harm their kids.
Any parent contemplating the choice between vaccinations or no, will be wise to discuss the issue with their family physician and pediatrician. Parents should have a choice in vaccinating their children — or not.
By Jerry Nelson
Physical Exam NYC
National Health Sciences