Vaccination has been used for many years to decrease the rate of preventable diseases both in children and in adults. These diseases include influenza, tetanus, meningitis, among others. Fairly recently however, there have been questions about the safety and even the necessity of vaccinations, especially in younger children. It has been cited as worsening a child’s condition in some cases, and vaccination as the cause of autism has been a hot topic between proponents and protesters against vaccination in young children.
- All vaccines administered by doctors should have passed a licensure or approval for human use. The National Regulatory Authority is the body that grants these licenses, only after they have been proven to have met all established standards.
- Immunization is one of the most cost effective ways to prevent diseases, preventing up to 2.5 million deaths every year across all age groups from diseases such as measles, pertussis and tetanus.
- Worldwide, there is an estimated 1.3 million children who die every year of pneumococcal disease and rotavirus diarrhoea. These diseases would have easily been preventable with vaccination.
- In the World Health Organization regions of the Americas, measles have been eliminated. Mortality from the disease across the globe has dropped by 74% between year 2000 to 2007, due in large part to the ramped up vaccination campaign.
- The link between autism and vaccinations has not yet been established. Thimerosal, a mercury based preservative that used to be used in certain vaccines (still used in some flu vaccines today) has been blamed by some as the cause of autism related disorders, but scientific studies have shown no link between the chemical and autism. The Center for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and the Institute of Medicine all accept and agree to this finding.
- Doctors are required to report any adverse vaccination effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in order for the effect to be studies and the link between the vaccine and the effect established or debunked. If an adverse effect is proven to be linked with the virus, measures will be taken to correct the problem.
- Some combination vaccines are cause for concerns for some parents, worrying that this will be too much for a child’s body to handle. These vaccines like MMR which stands for measles, mumps and rubella contain antigens that help the body ward off infections. It is also important to note that a child’s body is well equipped to handle such antigens. In fact antigens can be introduced to the child’s body even in routine play.
- Many vaccine preventable diseases can have dangerous consequences—not everything can be slept out. Some can lead to seizures, blindness, brain damage, and many can prove to be fatal.
- It is not advisable for a child to skip or delay vaccinations because this leaves them exposed to deadly diseases for a longer period of time.