#4 – Superbugs May Meet Their Match in Vaccines
For years, doctors overprescribed antibiotics. Misuse and overuse of antibiotics has created so-called superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. Keeping up with vaccines can help prevent people from getting sick in the first place, which helps immensely in the frontline fight against drug-resistant bacteria.
#5 – New Strides Are Being Made in Vaccine Research
People forget that even a few generations ago, vaccines were virtually unheard of. Now that we’ve seen devastating illnesses be virtually wiped off the face of the planet, we as a society have been inspired to keep making new advancements. A vaccine against dengue fever has been licensed in a number of countries, and a malaria vaccine has just been rolled out in Africa.
#6 – There Are Some Valid Health Reasons Not to Vaccinate — WHAT?
Not everyone is able to get vaccines. Newborns aren’t able to receive many vaccinations until they are anywhere from 2 to 6 months old. People with compromised immune systems due to medical issues like autoimmune disorders or cancer being treated with chemotherapy can’t either. People with severe egg allergies even need to avoid some immunizations that contain egg (though egg-free alternatives for flu vaccines, at least, are becoming more widely available all the time).
There are also very rare occasions when a bad reaction happens. For instance, 1 in 14,000 children can experience a seizure after receiving the DTap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine, and the same side effect can occur in 1 in 3,000 children who receive the MMR vaccine. Children at higher risk for these side effects are often advised to skip these vaccines.
But, that’s not a decision to be made in a vacuum. Please consult your pediatrician.
#7 – But That’s What Herd Immunity Is For
Vaccinations are an important part of the social contract and when enough people are vaccinated, the herd immunity kicks in. Numbers vary from disease to disease, but essentially, when 85% to 95% of the population is immunized, it’s enough to root out the illness so that the people who legitimately can’t receive vaccines are protected.
It’s hard work and there’s a lot to learn when you become a new parent. But vaccines are important — for both your child’s health, and the health of society as a whole.
Facts About Vaccines – Sources
World Health Organization facts
Science Direct — Vaccines are not linked to autism.
How vaccines work as teachers to fight disease.
Malaria vaccine released in Africa.
What is herd immunity?