2 May 2017
You Should Vaccinate
Protecting our children and those we love seems like a common-sense thing, right? Well, that’s not always the case. People are opting out of vaccinating themselves and their children, putting those who cannot vaccinate at risk. If we are healthy enough to be vaccinated, there is no reason you should be telling your doctor “no”. Immunizations can save your child’s life, protect others you care about, they are safe and effective, and, in the long run, they will save your family some time and money.
Vaccine preventable infections kill more people yearly than several other diseases, like HIV/AIDs or breast cancer in the US. Get this, they also kill more people in the United States annually than car accidents. Each year around 50,000 will die from a disease that could have been prevented. Do you want your child to be one of those numbers? If not, act now and take the steps needed to prevent their unnecessary death. By vaccinating your child, you are also protecting anyone who your child encounters. Rather it be their great grandparent, or the cute new born at the grocery store. Don’t only vaccinate our children, make sure we are vaccinated as well! A disease that could possibly only make us ill for a few weeks, could be a death sentence for your children, grandchildren, or parents. In most cases, vaccine preventable diseases are more detrimental to the elderly and very young. With a vaccination, a person is saving the life of countless people. So why wait?
Vaccines can prevent against diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough.
Vaccinations are effective and safe, they are among the safest medical products out there. Not only that, but they can prevent suffering and costs related to a disease. The potential risk involved with a disease that a vaccine can prevent are much greater than the potential risk from the vaccines themselves. Vaccines typically carry a “killed” virus, and it is impossible to get a disease from them. Others have live, but weakened, viruses designed to make sure you do not catch the disease.
Another benefit of vaccinating is that in the long run, it will save time and money. Many schools and sports activities will not allow your child in or participate if they are not vaccinated. In my opinion, this is extremely smart. Why would a public place want to allow a child in that could infect the area with a dangerous disease? Would you want that child going somewhere with a ticking time bomb of a disease floating around? Most insurances will cover vaccinations, and if you do not have health insurance most states offer aid to those in need to make sure their child is vaccinated and “money” cannot be an excuse. If one can get vaccinations done in a timely matter, you won’t have to go out of your way to get them done later in life. And...