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Is Vaccination Important?

The debate between the safety and harmful effects of vaccination have been in media and blogs for quite some time. One of them would be the belief of causing autism. People who are mostly against them are parents believing vaccines are causing harm to their children without listening to health experts on how important and beneficial they are to us. And some folks think about conspiracies that vaccines affect a child’s immune system to an extreme. Some families get confused on whether they should have their children vaccinated or not. Even though the stats and view of health professionals deem that vaccines are safe, some parents still get influenced due to the exposure of media about harms in vaccines.

The most common issues are parents believing they don’t want to do the wrong thing by preventing their children from being vaccinated. Adults also need them throughout their lives. Many adults in the U.S. are not aware of the vaccines they need and should take advantage of the best protection provided from serious, and sometimes deadly diseases. The FDA oversees vast lab testing of the vaccine that can take years to make to be sure it is safe and effective. After that, they commence testing it on people and it can take several more years before the clinical studies are complete and the vaccine licensed. Once approved and licensed, the CDC, FDA, NIH, and other federal agencies monitor and investigate any probable safety concerns.

Just like any medicine, vaccine may cause some side effects like low-grade fever, or slight pain at the injection area which is normal. The reaction goes away on their own in a few days. It’s always best to make a good decision in getting your child vaccinated and not hesitate too long. People should research more information about vaccines to help them make the right decision and not be influenced by fear or the media.

Here’s a few tips on why it’s important to get vaccinated:

  • Vaccination is a highly effective, safe and easy way to help keep your family healthy.
  • On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to possible life-threatening diseases.
  • Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.
  • Many vaccine-preventable diseases are contagious, like flu, pertussis (whooping cough), and meningitis. Getting your recommended vaccines can reduce the risk that you get sick and spread disease to others.
  • Adults who smoke, have asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases.

Even if the diseases aren’t around anymore, it’s still important to protect ourselves against them.