In today’s society the need to vaccinate or not has become an important issue. It is recommended that during the first few years of a child’s life that they have as many as twenty-four vaccines. Many parents question if that is too many, which ones are necessary, and if they are safe. As the old saying goes, “Prevention is better than the cure.” If you are on the fence as to whether your child should be vaccinated do your research and then decide what is best for your child.
Pros of having baby vaccination
Immunity—this is a very important reason to have your child vaccinated. By being vaccinated, your child is creating immunity against different childhood diseases. They are doing this by deliberate artificial stimulation of their body’s defense system. Most vaccines are safe and do not cause major side effects.
Protecting the health of the community—being vaccinated help to prevent diseases such as measles and chicken pocks. If the child is vaccinated then there is less chance of them getting a disease and passing it on to members of their community, especially to the children in their school. For example, if an unvaccinated child gets the measles and then a pregnant woman gets the measles it can harm her unborn child.
Cons of having baby vaccination
Side effects—with most vaccinations there may be generalized side effects such as a small lump at the site of the injection, slight fever, headache, pain, or redness. They will normally go away after a couple of days but there are rare instances where you will need to take your child to her pediatrician if they persist longer or become worse.
If you have any concerns about whether to vaccinate your child or not consult their pediatrician and explain to them your fears and concerns.