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Vaccinating children is difficult topic and dilemma, facing today's parents. We would not like to clearly indicate a specific solution: vaccinate, not vaccinate or selectively vaccinate. People on both sides of the barricade are guided by the same: the need to protect our own children. And discussions based on the dispute, who loves their children more, are pointless at the source.
It is worth paying attention to one thing that is often forgotten: the decision not to vaccinate does not apply to only one child, as opponents of vaccination say. It affects the entire population, including vaccinated children.
Are vaccines safe?
There is sufficient evidence that vaccines are safe and save lives. On the other hand, there is not enough evidence that vaccines are 100% safe.
Like other medical supplies, vaccines are not free from side effects and like the simplest medicines, taking them carries some risk. This risk is greater when vaccines interact with other drugs, foods, environmental factors or diseases. Is this an argument not to vaccinate children? Absolutely not. Risks in life cannot be avoided.
Two extreme positions
The topic of vaccines divided parents into two basic groups. The first, which like most doctors, experts and pediatricians believes that Vaccines are a good way to protect children and the entire population against dangerous diseases.
Proponents of vaccination
- refer to research that proves that vaccines can kill infant deaths,
- indicate studies that show that unvaccinated children experience more cases categorized as "side effects of vaccinations" than vaccinated children: especially epilepsy, delayed development, communication problems.
On the other side are parents who believe that in in the long run, vaccines are more harmful to children than have a positive effect on them. They also indicate that no studies have yet 100% confirmed the safety of vaccinations. They also stress that the consequences of vaccination are too often ignored.
Safety is not synonymous with 100% no risk. The fact that we feel safe in our own home does not mean that there can be no harm to us. The same is true for vaccinations and taking many other medicines.
Talking about vaccine safety means that the benefits of using vaccines far outweigh the risks. Vaccines save lives, prevent disease, which does not mean that their use never leads to negative consequences.
According to various sources, the use of the vaccine can pose a serious risk to one child in 2-10 thousand children. Otherwise: the likelihood that the vaccine will benefit a child is 20 times higher than the risk of a serious injury from the vaccine.
Do vaccines cause autism?
Vaccines are not the cause of the autism epidemic, which does not mean that can trigger its symptoms in children who have a genetic predisposition to this disease. This information should be important for parents of children whose families had autism.