Vaccination or immunization is one of the most effective ways to keep your child healthy. Vaccines are very safe and there are rarely any reasons to not get vaccinated. However, a study from the University of Michigan found that 93 percent of pediatricians had at least one parent who refused a vaccination for their child during the past year. Despite all its benefits, there are a lot of myths regarding the risk vaccines possess.
Here are some myths and truths about vaccines:
Myth 1: Vaccination can affect the child’s immune system
Truth: Thanks to the recommended immunization schedule, your child may receive up to 23 shots by the time she’s 2 years old and as many as six shots at a single visit. This may lead to the parents being concerned about how vaccines may affect their child’s developing immunity and cite these as a reason to refuse a vaccine. It is important for parents to know that it is perfectly safe to give your child simultaneous vaccines or vaccine combinations to prevent against diseases such as hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis etc.
Myth 2: Kids with immature Immune System don’t need Vaccines
Truth: This is the biggest mistake anyone can make. Even kids with less developed immune system need to be vaccinated. Delaying or avoiding vaccination leads to susceptibility to diseases like vaccines. Delaying MMR by even three months can increase the risk of febrile seizures. There is no proof that spacing out vaccines is safer, and going by the vaccine schedule provides the best possible protection.
Myth 3: Vaccination Causes autism and other Disorders
Truth: There are a lot of concerns about the link between a combination vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella – called the MMR vaccine – and the developmental disorder autism. However, this myth has been debunked and discredited. The notion has persisted because autism tends to emerge or is found around the time that the vaccine is given. Experts have stressed that the vaccine is not the cause behind this problem. There is no evidence to support this myth.
Myth 4: The Side effects of Vaccines are worse than the disease itself
Truth: Although mild and moderate side effects, such as febrile seizure and high fever are common, serious side effects of vaccines are far rarer. It is important to remember that it takes 10 to 15 years, and several studies for new vaccines to make it through all four phases of safety-and-effectiveness testing, before they get approved. Each new vaccine intended for children is first tested in adults, and then in children. It goes through a rigorous process and the chance of vaccines causing deadly side effects is almost unheard of.
It is better not to take chances and avoid giving into myths for the health and safety of your child. If you have any questions regarding vaccination and immunization, get in touch with our experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.