To Vaccinate or Not Vaccinate… That is the Question

As a future pharmacist and certified immunizer, I take this topic very seriously and I’m here to discuss the pros and cons of immunizations.

Pros:

  • Protecting yourself and your family from vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Avoiding complications from vaccine-preventable diseases (i.e. blindness, brain infections, bleeding, paralysis, death).
  • Herd Immunity (When the majority of the population is vaccinated, it is unlikely that an outbreak of the disease will occur. This is incredibly important to protect newborns and infants who are too young to receive certain vaccinations).
  • Saves $$$ by preventing disease (also most insurances cover preventive measures)
  • Protects future children (vaccine-preventable diseases can sometimes cause birth defects)
  • Eradication of Diseases (Small Pox was basically eradicated until the recent ‘anti-vaxer’ movement)
  • Most vaccines contain only harmless ingredients (unless the patient has an allergic reaction to something)

Cons:

  • Vaccines cause Autism (btw this is false). Vaccines have never been proven to cause Autism. The ‘scientific study’ that this myth was based on was proven to be falsified. Even if it did, I feel like this argument is basically saying you’d rather risk your child dying or being paralyzed than risk them being Autistic, and that is cruel.
  • You can get the Flu from the Flu Shot. (FALSE. It is impossible to get the actual Flu from the Flu Shot. It can cause cold symptoms as your body is trying to get used to the shot, but it is not the Flu).
  • Vaccines cause redness, initial pain, and soreness.
  • Vaccines can have significant side effects. This is true, but they occur rarely and the benefits seem to outweigh the risks. (The prevalence of a serious syndrome, called GuillainBarré Syndrome, is estimated to be 6 to 40 cases per 1 million people.)

For more information about Vaccine Adverse Events and Vaccine-preventable diseases, click the links below:

Vaccine Adverse Events: Separating Myth from Reality

Vaccine-preventable diseases: signs, symptoms & complications

VACCINE MYTHS DEBUNKED

VACCINES: THE MYTHS AND THE FACTS

Stay Immunized and Stay Golden,

Emily

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