For years, parents have been concerned with the effect of vaccines and how they can cause autism.
While it is a legit concern, the reality is that there have been a number of studies that show that is not the case. Now, I might not be a parent and I do not know how I would react if and when my child would be scheduled for vaccination.
However, what I do know is that I would check and research. Vaccines protect children from fatal diseases, and I want my child protected at all times.
Natural Immunity versus Vaccination
One of the points to avoid vaccination is that natural immunity often offers better immunity than vaccination. The problem is, natural immunity often costs more than what you get. For example, natural immunity can help your body fight off natural chickenpox or varicella, but the price is costly.
Varicella infection can sometimes lead to pneumonia, and vaccines prevent that. Polio infection, for example, can cause permanent paralysis. Mumps infection often leads to deafness. All of these can be prevented by vaccination. Now, natural immunity will provide better protection for your immune system, after you’ve been infected, but are you willing to take the risk with your children?
Vaccines do not Cause Autism
For years, there have been concerns that vaccines might cause autism, and that there is a link between autism and vaccination. However, all of those concerns have been countered by a study. There have been a number of studies, all of which studied the connection, and the result is always the same, there is no link. One of the latest studies on the subject is a 2013 CDC study. The study looked at several antigens in the vaccines and studied the effects in the first two years after vaccination. The result showed that children did not get autism from vaccines.
The main concern people have been vaccine ingredients, and one that has been specifically studied is thimerosal. In 2004, a review shows that thimerosal has no connection with autism. Nevertheless, the ingredient was removed between 1999 and 2001 from vaccines, except for flu vaccines.
Side Effects of Vaccines
Now, while vaccines do not cause autism, there are risks of certain side effects. Those side effects include soreness, low-grade fever, swelling or redness at the injection area. There are vaccines that can cause fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness, and headache, but those are all temporary conditions. In some rare cases, vaccines can cause an allergic reaction, but vaccines are never given to a child that has a known allergic reaction to some of the components in the vaccine.
Why Should You Vaccinate Your Baby?
The question every parent asks himself is should I vaccinate my baby while she/he is young, or wait for natural immunity to take its course. The reason vaccines are given to young babies and children is simple: the risk of complications is greater in young babies and children. A vaccine can prevent some diseases that pose risk. Postponing vaccines is never a good idea, since it might be too late for the vaccine to be effective.