Dec 09, 2012 No Comments
Most immunization – thought worries about perfectly understandable – are unfounded. Don’t let the following myths keep you from immunizing your child.
- Myth: Giving so many shots all at once isn’t safe.
Reality: studies have shown that vaccinations are just as safe and effective when given together as when given separately. There are many combination vaccines that have been used routinely for many years (MMR, DTaP). Researchers are continuing to develop other combo vaccines that may became approved for use in the near future. But the best part about these combination vaccines is that they mean fewer total shots for your child – something you’re both likely to appreciate.
- Myth: If everyone else’s children are immunized, mine can’t get sick.
Reality: Some parents believe that they don’t have to immunize their own children if everyone else’s child are immunized – since there won’t be any diseases to catch. That theory hold up. First of all, there’s the risk that other parents are subscribing to the same myth as you, which means their children won’t be immunized either, creating the potential for an outbreak if a preventable disease. Second, unvaccinated children put vaccinated children at risk of the disease as well (vaccines are about 90% effective; the high percentage of immunized individuals limits the spread of the disease) – so not only might you be hurting your child, you might also be hurting your child’s friends. This, unvaccinated children can catch whooping cough (pertussis) not only from other unvaccinated children, but protects against it isn’t given after age seven and immunity has largely worn off by method. The disease, while still highly contagious, is so mild in adults who not diagnosed – which means that adults who don’t realize they have whooping cough can inadvertently spread it to children, who are much more vulnerable to its effect.
As antiquated as they sound, many of these diseases are still around. In fact, lapsing rates of MMR vaccinations among preschool children led to a sharp jump in the number of measles cases and in 2008 reached their highest level in the U.K. since 1995. Cases of mumps, too, have been increasing since 2003. Experts believe this is due to incomplete vaccinations.
- Myths: One vaccine in a series gives a child enough protection.
Reality: researchers have founded that skipping vaccines puts your child at increased risk of contracting the diseases, especially measles and pertussis. So, if the recommendation are for a series of four shots, for example, make sure your child receives all the necessary shots so he or she is not left protected.
- Myth: Multiple vaccines for such young children puts them at increased risk of other diseases.
Reality: There is no evidence that multiple immunizations increase the risk for diabetes, infectious disease, or any other illness. Neither is there any evidence to date that there is a connection between multiple vaccines and allergic disease such as asthma. Finally, there is no sustained evidence that vaccines causes autism or other development disorders.