Right after birth, your child’s pediatrician will want to begin vaccinating your child against diseases. Most parents will go ahead and allow their child to be immunized. Others, however, refuse vaccination in fear that it will cause serious illness or damage to their child. Immunization for baby is very important. There are 5 reasons that you should have your child immunized.
1. Immunizations Can Save Your Child’s Life:
Thanks to the advances in medical science, your children can be protected from diseases that once were known to kill or injure thousands of children each year. These diseases no longer exist thanks to childhood immunizations. For example, Polio was one of the most feared diseases in America. It left thousands of people paralyzed or dead across the United States. Thanks to immunizations, Polio does not exist anymore.
2. Immunizations Are Safe And Effective:
Doctors did not begin giving vaccines to children until they had years to carefully review and test them for safety and effectiveness. It is common for a child to have side effects following an immunization , however, they are very mild. They include a slight fever, redness or tenderness around the site of the injection, and mild discomfort. These side effects are nothing compared to the symptoms of the diseases that you child could catch because they were not vaccinated. Serious side effects, such as allergic reactions are extremely rare.
3. Immunizations Protect The General Public:
While most children in the United States get vaccinated, there are some parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. This is the reason that there are still thousands of whooping cough and measles and whooping cough outbreaks each year. The children who develop the disease are those who were too young to be fully vaccinated, and who came in contact with a child whose parents refuse to have the vaccinated. It is up to parents to vaccinate their children to protect the other children in the community.
4. Immunizations Can Save You A Great Deal Of Time And Money:
Unless your child’s vaccinations are not up to date, they would not be allowed to attend school or child care programs. This can make life difficult, as you would need to stop working an home school your child. Also, if your child does become sick due to a disease that you could have had them vaccinated against, it can be very costly. The bills for the doctor visits and long term disability care can be extremely expensive. Most insurance companies cover childhood vaccinations. There are also no cost vaccination programs for families without insurance and who cannot afford the cost of the vaccination.
5. Immunizations Protect Future Generations:
Ago, parents feared that their child would develop smallpox. Today, thanks to immunizations, that disease has been eradicated worldwide. Parents no longer need to worry about it. There are many diseases that were problems years ago that caused severe disability and even death. However, thanks to many generations of parents immunizing their children , these diseases are not an issue today. If we continue vaccinating our children, their children and grandchildren will not need to worry about contracting these horrible diseases.
When parents are given the option to immunize their children against deadly disease, they should take it. Vaccinations are safe, effective, and can save your child’s life as well as generations of children after them.