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Wondering when and which vaccines your little one needs to get? Wondering whether immunizations are safe at all? Here is the information you will need – from finding out exactly how vaccines can protect your child from diseases to easing your little one’s fears (and soothing any side effects). Read below to discover why keeping up with your munchkin’s vaccinations is by far the best way to safeguard her or his health.
Are Immunizations Safe?
The good news that you probably have not been hearing enough about vaccines is that they are very efficient and safe. Like anything in life, getting vaccines is not entirely risk-free – but the enormous welfares outweigh the small risk of a severe complication occurring as the result of a shot in most cases. While reactions do sometimes happen with some vaccines (such as redness and soreness where the shot was given, fussiness, or a low fever), the vast majority of these reactions are short-lived and mild. Severe reactions are exceptionally rare.
The Bottom Line on Safety
Vaccines are far safer than the illnesses they prevent. Because of immunizations, many of the childhood illnesses that once threatened our most vulnerable inhabitants have been almost wiped out in the United States. Concerned because you have heard vaccines are associated with autism? That folk tale has been disproven time and again by lots of studies. Without a doubt, immunizations are one of medical science’s most astonishing stories – definitely a story that deserves more headlines.
How to Protect Your Children
That said, your top priority as a parent is, of course, protecting your little one from harm in any way possible that you can. When it comes to vaccinations, one of the best ways to protect your kid is to learn all you can about immunizations from reliable sources – and your child’s pediatrician tops that list. Before having your kid vaccinated, do your homework so that you can feel good about the informed decision you are making. Discuss with the pediatrician the possible risks and side effects from the particular shot. You should also make sure you receive the handout called the “Vaccine Information Statement” from your pediatrician. Armed with accurate information, you will be able to schedule those vaccines with trust.
Question: “I am worried about getting my baby vaccinated. Just how safe are they? Can the reactions be worse than the endanger of disease?”
It is understandable to be concerned about shots and their safety – especially when you can not pick up a paper, turn on the television or click on a Web site without reading or hearing about frightening claims of potential adverse health effects. Some parents have become so worried, in fact, that they are refusing to immunize their children. Why take needless risks, they wonder, when the communicable diseases shots prevent just are not that common anymore?
But here is the first thing you need to consider when determining whether or not to vaccinate your child:
The reason that those diseases – illnesses that once made childhood a very dangerous proposition – have largely disappeared from the U.S is because of widespread immunization.
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