While vaccines save millions of lives, some parents still refuse to get on board.
Next week is National Infant Immunization Week, as well as World Immunization Week. On the whole, vaccination rates are currently pretty high across the U.S.
According to the CDC, 95% of all children in kindergarten have been vaccinated against preventable diseases. These include the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and other illnesses.
But certain states have lower rates than others.
In Colorado, for example, almost 20% of children haven’t received their MMR vaccination by the time they’re 5 years old. In contrast, Mississippi residents can boast of a 99.7% child vaccination rate.
What accounts for the differences? Various people opt out of vaccinating their kids due to religious, philosophical or medical concerns. (Of note, some states allow philosophical or religious exemptions, while others do not. All allow medical exemptions).
According to a report on CNN, the majority of parents who don’t vaccinate their kids are vastly wealthier than average, covered by private health insurance, married, in English-speaking households, academically educated with college degrees, and non-Hispanic whites. (Privileged, in other words, to be blunt).
Parents.com has an article that presents some quality information on vaccines, and some of the common myths surrounding them, today.
Vaccines were invented to help people avoid certain permanently damaging and deadly diseases.
You won’t see a vaccination for the common cold any time soon, as it won’t kill you. Or blind you, for that matter. Illnesses such as polio, however, can cripple you for life. Mumps can cause you to go deaf, and measles can blind you. Forever. These illnesses don’t always cause a severe reaction, but they can.
And so, scientists of the past have developed amazing formulas that actually prevent humans from catching these diseases about 80-90% of the time, when they come in contact with them.
But fears are present. Some parents feel that babies these days receive too many shots, and all at once. During the 1970s and 80s, kids were vaccinated against 8 diseases. Now that number is 14.
That being said, according to experts, the total number of antigens that children receive through these vaccines today is just a fraction of what it kids used to receive. Formulas are now more effective and refined in their science.
And having a healthy kid won’t always protect them, in the end. Doctors say that 80% of deaths in children related to chicken pox actually occur in healthy children. A good diet full of vegetables, while otherwise beneficial, hasn’t protected them in this case.
What should you do? Of course, the decision is up to you. Do you child a favor and read up equally on both sides of the issue.