Though a hotbed topic, vaccines have statistically been proven to provide the best chance at preventing your child from contracting various diseases, such as measles, mumps, the flu, and even cancer. But even with the numerous benefits many people are still skeptical about the need to get their child immunized. Vaccines are analyzed, tested and reviewed thoroughly for harmful elements by scientists, doctors and healthcare specialists and contrary to it’s largest myth, vaccines don’t activate disease.
Kim Warden, LPN, of Hamilton Community Health Network, offered up this perspective “Parents take their children to the pediatrician and trust their judgment surrounding development and all sorts of common diseases. Why mistrust about vaccine recommendations, especially with all sorts of testing is behind these vaccines.”
There will always be people – infants, pregnant women, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems – who can’t receive vaccines. But the more people who don’t vaccinate, increases the chances of increasing opportunities for viruses and bacteria to establish themselves and spread. Take in mind, international travel where many counties have diseases that aren’t rampant here in the United States. Those germs come back to your community after a traveler is infected and infect those who are not vaccinated. With COVID-19 now being a state of emergency and people still traveling, it is not worth the risk to not consider vaccinations as a preventative measure.
Vaccines are one of the greatest discoveries in modern medicine, because of vaccines children now days aren’t at risk of dying from influenza, measles, smallpox, whooping cough, or rubella, to name just a few. Today these ailments can be completely prevented with a simple injection.
So, when deciding whether or not to vaccinate your child, remember the science behind vaccines, not your neighbors or your favorite celeb’s opinion on vaccines. Know and understand the importance for yourself and make an educated decision that will benefit your child in the best way possible.
Hamilton Community Health Network is dedicating the entire month of July to Kids health and wellness where topics of regular check-ups, immunizations and physicals will be the focal point of various media output. To get parents and kids motivated to see their doctors, Hamilton is giving parents a chance to win a $100 gift card and their child a chance to win a bike upon scheduling an appointment! For more information on the importance of vaccinations or Kids Health and Wellness month, call 810.406.4246.