National Immunization Awareness Month!
By Brooke Robinson, Office Manager
October 18, 2013

        With all of the controversy swarming vaccinations in the past several years, have you ever found yourself concerned that maybe vaccines are not safe for your child? Maybe all of these accusations are true and vaccines really do cause autism. This can be a very scary thing for parents who only want the absolute best for their children.

        Before I became a parent, I did not care about vaccines. All I knew is that there were heated debates; some say vaccines are the best thing we can do for our children and some say it is the worst. When I gave birth to my son in 2010, I told Dr. Solari that I had been seriously considering not vaccinating my son due to hearing the scary rumors that vaccines do more harm than good. Dr. Solari strongly urged me to do my own research from reliable sources so I set out to find the truth about vaccines. I am now a very strong advocate for vaccines! I make sure that my son stays up-to-date on his vaccines so that he has the most protection possible. I also am quick to defend vaccines in conversations with my friends and family who may have been sucked in to the wide-spread rumors that vaccines are dangerous. Now, I am excited to have the opportunity to share some information with you! I do, however, always encourage this to everyone I talk to about vaccines: Do your own research from highly reliable sources. (And for the record, news articles such as cbs.com and websites who already have a vendetta against vaccines such as naturalnews.com are not reliable sources.)

         Doctor Solari says, “Vaccines have been one of the most important preventative health measures available to physicians throughout modern history. Vaccines have saved more lives than any other single medical advance.” He is not the only medical doctor who holds this view. The overwhelming majority of medical doctors (who have to at least have 8 years of schooling under their belt plus their experience in practicing medicine) hold this view as well. Pediatricians are even going as far as to require all of their patients to stay up-to-date on their vaccines to be able to remain a patient at their practice. It is commonly thought among mothers that doctors are doing this in an effort to impose their vaccine views and opinions on “uneducated” parents. This is not the case! Doctors know and understand how important vaccines are and want to make sure they are providing the absolute best care to their patients. They also want to make sure they provide a safe atmosphere for infants and children with compromised immune systems who are unable to receive some vaccines. If these children and infants would contract a vaccine-preventable disease, the chances of complications and possible death are significantly higher than healthy, older children and adults.

        Another very common theory is that “Big Pharma” (meaning the pharmaceutical companies who develop the vaccines) are only out for our money. Rumors have spread that these companies have put out an expensive product telling us it will save the lives of our children, when really it is harming our children; the idea is that they want our money, but do not care about our children. This is a false accusation as vaccines do not bring in money for pharmaceutical companies like some may believe. The amount of research to develop the vaccine and then put the vaccines through extensive testing to ensure the safety of the vaccines cost the pharmaceutical companies high dollar amounts. In addition to this, most vaccines do not need boosters throughout a person’s lifetime. Most vaccines are given at young ages of a person’s life and then are never given again. The vaccine industry is not one that people continuously return to throughout their lifetime.

        If you are concerned that vaccines are not effective, I urge you to take a look at “the numbers”. Before the polio vaccine was developed and released, an average of 13,000 to 20,000 cases of polio were reported each year. Now, we are 1% away from polio eradication! Only three countries in the world still have active cases of polio. The number of people who died as a result of complications from chickenpox has been reduced by 78% since the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine came out in 1996. These are just two examples of how the numbers and statistics speak for themselves. These numbers and other astounding statistics of how vaccines are saving lives and preventing unnecessary suffering can be found on the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov.

        Over the next several weeks, I will highlight some vaccine-preventable diseases to show what exactly these vaccines are preventing against, as well as give more statistics as to how vaccines are saving “more lives than any other single medical advance.”  We are spoiled by vaccines and do not know what our ancestors before us had to face before vaccines were developed. I am looking forward to writing the next several blogs and encourage you to not only stay tuned in to our blog, but if you have questions or feel uncertain about the safety of vaccines, please call our office today and we will be glad to answer any questions that you may have.

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