Vaccines: Helpful Or Harmful?

Vaccinations are a hot topic around the world right now. The decision to vaccinate or not to vaccinate is hotly debated due to their positive effects on society and sometimes bad rap.

Types of Vaccinations

One of the most common used vaccines given to children is the Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus. Diphtheria is rare, but given to children under the age seven. Very few side effects are reported through this vaccination, but some children experience edema, erythema, and tender areas around where the shot was administered. Some children also experience a low-grade fever.

Pertussis or whooping cough is less rare than diphtheria; only 2,000 cases are discovered each year in the United States. Children only receive this vaccine before age six since many children experience side effects after that age. Though tetanus is also rare (only 100 cases per year in the United States), the fatality rate is high (40 percent), so this vaccine is extremely popular.

Other vaccines include polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Children are immunized at ages two and five for polio ad age 15 months for measles, mumps and rubella. Measles side effects include fever and rash, mumps side effects include swelling at the injection.

Helpful Or Harmful

Pros of Vaccinations

There are many reasons to get your children vaccinated. The most important include keeping your child safe, keeping others safe, saving money and keeping future generations safe from diseases. Keeping your children safe is probably at the top of that list. There once was a time when thousands of people were killed by diseases that we now have the medicine to stop. Diseases like polio, measles and mumps took many lives and now are reduced to 100 to 2,000 cases per year.

Vaccines are very safe. Under the supervision of medical professionals, vaccines can keep your children safe without the worry that they could be harmful. Though some children experience serious side effects, these instances are rare. Getting your kids vaccinated not only protects them—it protects children who are too young for the vaccines. Some kids (like babies) are unable to get these vaccines since their immune systems cannot handle them.

Keeping older kids vaccinated helps to reduce the likelihood the disease could be spread to younger children and the elderly. While vaccines can seem costly and time consuming, they will actually save you and your kids in the long run. Vaccinating your kids is much more cost-effective and much less time consuming than the amount of time and money you’ll need to invest in recovery from a major disease.

Cons of Vaccinations

While vaccines are important for our society to stay healthy and alive, there are some downsides to vaccines that parents should know about. The first is the dangerous side effects. Some children experience side effects such as anaphylaxis and intussusception. Others report seizers, coma and brain damage. This may be due to the ingredients in some vaccines. Some flu vaccines contain a mercury compound while others contain formaldehyde.

Certain vaccines also contain animal products like egg that can be harmful to those who are allergic to eggs. Many people are uncomfortable regarding vaccinations because they can contradict certain religious laws.

The Verdict

While vaccines should be administered under a physician’s care, with consideration to those who have certain allergies, vaccines play an important role in our society. Not only can they save our lives and the lives of our children, they can save the chances future generations have of fighting deadly diseases.

Mark Sadaka is a vaccine injury lawyer who represents numerous clients from around the country. Sadaka’s firm has the resources and expertise necessary to successfully handle these medically complex cases. Go to Vaccine Injury Help Center if you have vaccine injury related concerns.