As a parent it’s only natural that you want your child (or children) to be in good health. To protect young members of a family from dangers that can’t be seen, heard, or felt, i.e., diseases, parents can choose vaccinations. In the developed world, cases of potentially lethal illnesses have been reduced on a massive scale and that’s only because most children continue to be vaccinated. Once they stop getting their shots those diseases return – and they’re tougher to beat. Many children remain unprotected because their parents believe that a child’s immune system will provide adequate protection during an illness and after it runs its course. That could happen, but it’s a dangerous thing to assume. Why take that kind of risk? not only will your child benefit from proper food eating habits, but also keeping them active even during days when the weather outside is bad. Getting your child to use an indoor rowing machine or cardio equipment is going to be difficult as children will find it boring, so I would suggest that an area where they can play indoors safely. Here are reasons children should get their shots.
Diseases Hang Around
While it’s true that diseases such as diphtheria, measles, and whooping cough have been controlled, they haven’t been eradicated. They’re still here, and they make life very unpleasant for children who haven’t been properly immunized. The diseased mentioned above don’t occur with great frequency in the developed world, but they can reach epidemic proportions elsewhere. And when people from an affected area travel abroad, they might carry something with them without knowing it. Many illnesses are contagious, and that’s a scary thought when you consider how many international flights are going around the world every day.
Vaccinations Are Safe
Not everyone likes needles and they cause some pain, but getting a shot is a small price to pay for preventing an illness that could threaten a child’s life. There have been theories going around about the possible link between vaccinations and autism; however, there is no concrete evidence to support this case. Autism is a highly complex disorder that develops before a child receives the first jab of a syringe. Refusing to administer lifesaving vaccinations can lead to disastrous results for adults and children alike. In 2010, California saw a resurgence of whooping cough not seen since the 1940s, and incidents like this can happen again without appropriate measures.
Vaccinations Aren’t Toxic to the Body
The success of vaccines may be undermined because of the following ingredients anti-vaxxers love to hate: mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, and thiomersal. What isn’t understood about these chemicals is that we absorb them on a daily basis, in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Only trace amounts are in vaccines.
Vaccines Save Money
Beyond saving lives, reduction in diseases means less pressure on the health care system. If a child comes down with measles, that means no school. Instead, he or she will be taken to the emergency room – and this kind of trip always costs money. What if an illness becomes serious and a child is admitted into intensive care? That means lots of medications, bills for special tests, etc.
If we trust medical professionals about a vaccine’s effectiveness, fewer people will become sick. As science continues to advance, we shouldn’t forget how many deaths have been prevented with vaccines.