Every year parents across the world face the decision over whether to vaccinate their children against common ailments, such as the flu and chicken pox. With plenty of research and advice both for and against, seemingly all from well researched medically based brains, it is an almost impossible decision to make. This blog will attempt to collate a few bits of advice and research on both sides, showing just how difficult the decision is.
On this FOR side we have the following arguments:
Immunizations can save your child’s life and can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Disease have been eliminated completely, and there are some close to extinction – mainly down to a good vaccination programme.
Vaccines are only given after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals. The small amount of pain or tenderness at the area of injection is much less than what could be expected from the disease itself.
Protection over others that are cared about. A resurgence in the number of cases of measles and whooping cough. Some children are unable to be vaccinated but by vaccinating those around them they are offered some protection by prevention of disease spread.
Saving your family time and money, some schools don’t allow non vaccinated children to attend, and sometimes vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities which could potentially mean high medical bills or long term disability.
Protecting future generations. Smallpox has been eliminated through vaccine programmes, and the chances of suffering from rubella is also diminishing along with the risk of suffering from birth defects associated with pregnant woman passing on the disease during pregnancy.
On the AGAINST side we have:
The many times that pharmaceutical companies have broken trust with the general public. Covering up problems in order to continue raking in profits. One example being Vioxx a drug that caused deaths from heart attacks and stroke, but was kept on the market for years.
Vaccines are loaded with chemicals and poisons, including antifreeze, aluminium, lead, cadmium, sulfates, acetone among many others. By injecting these deep into your body tissues, the toxins are absorbed into the blood and detoxifying them is next to impossible.
Why are there no studies comparing the health of vaccinated children against those who aren’t vaccinated? One possible answer is that the health of non vaccinated children would be better than those who had received the recommended vaccinations.
Other countries have raised the age of vaccinations. For example Japan raised the age to 2 years old back in 1975, resulting in lower infant mortality rates. Australia recently suspended the flu vaccine for children under 5, after an alarming number of children turned up in ER with reactions within hours of getting the vaccine.
A number of vaccines have been removed from the market after causing serious injuries. You can always get a vaccination but it isn’t possible to undo a vaccination. Leaving it as long as possible allows the child’s immune system to develop further and handle the vaccine better.
Of course there are further arguments on both sides of the vaccination dispute, these are just a few, which makes it clear as to why so many parents and people have problems with deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children.