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Vaccinations in children

There's a lot of controversy on whether or not you should vaccinate your children and

how many different backgrounds and different thoughts affect what happens with what happens

when you do vs. do not. There are a lot of pros and cons with how vaccinations should go in

young children in different cultures, religious beliefs, parenting choices, health choices and how

it could help or harm your child. This is important research because it shows what happens to the

children if you do or do not vaccinate them and how not only their health is affected, but also

how their education is affected. This will help my future patients because my goal in life is to

work with children from birth to eighteen years old and how to help their parents figure out the

best thing for their child(ren) and how healthy their choices are due to the research they have

found. This really is interesting for me because this is what I want to do in life with becoming a

pediatrician and the health of children. I’m going to have to go and educate not only the patients,

but the parents and that is so important to me and my healthcare career.

Throughout generations the vaccines have changed and adapted as medicine has gotten

stronger and better. A few decades ago every single parent vaccinated their children because

more sicknesses were highly contagious and were going around and more people were dying

from these illnesses. “Childhood diseases that were commonplace less than a generation ago are

now increasingly rare because of vaccines” (Harvard law school 2006). Another fact about these

newer vaccinations is they have found a way to put multiple vaccinations into one and have

made them a lot more manageable. The pediatrician and most schools have vaccine schedules

that do work together. Most schools require a certain amount of vaccinations and a set schedule

to go along with the district and state rules. Hence why the shots you get when you are about 6 is

called “kinder shots” because you have to get them when you start elementary school.
There are also parents who don’t vaccinate or they just delay their children’s shots due to

their own beliefs and lack of information and understandings on the vaccinations. “In what may

be a combination of the two challenges previously discussed, many individuals challenge

vaccine programs because of a lack of information about vaccines” (Harvard Law School). These

parent have done mass amounts of research and believe that all because of shots that you can

have multiple problems and have various colds and such due to the vaccine, but this is just their

beliefs. “Parents who sought out vaccine information were often overwhelmed by the quantity

and ambiguity when interpreting that information, and, consequently, had to rely on their own

instinct or judgment to make vaccine decisions” (Department of History and Sociology of

Science, University of Pennsylvania). This is showing that the parents have done a mass amount

of research and have noticed that there could be many problems that do come along with getting

your child vaccinated, but there has been not much scientific proof that there is problems that do

come along with vaccinating your children. According to many pediatricians that have been

doing this for many years do recommend getting all of those vaccines on time and there are no

side effects other than a small red dot and sometimes a small amount of inflammation at the

injection site.

Many doctors and nurse practitioners actually stand with shots and that if kids have

access they all should get them on the right schedule. There was a lot of thought and ideas into

making the schedule. It isn’t like they just made it out of the blue they did various amounts of

research and studies to see what different age groups can actually handle what they have put into

these vaccinations and help you fight off various infections and diseases. When a child doesn’t

get vaccinated it isn’t only putting themselves at risk, but they are also harming others that come

into contact with those kids. The doctors are only there to educate and heal them, if a parent is on
the fence of what to do with vaccinations and how they should go about various different

vaccines the doctors or the nurse practitioners will lead them towards what makes the most sense

to the parents and the patients and what is the healthiest options for them. “The potential of

vaccines to prevent illness and save lives has never been greater. Yet, that potential is directly

dependent on parental acceptance of vaccines, which requires confidence in vaccines, healthcare

providers who recommend and administer vaccines, and the systems to make sure vaccines are

safe” (Vaccine Hesitancy).

Although you should always vaccinate your children with every single vaccine that is

recommended and needed (along with your yearly flu shot) you should always do research as

well. Vaccines have developed over the years and they have gotten not only stronger, but also a

lot more effective. “Vaccination has changed the modern world. Indeed, it has led to the

elimination or significant decline of many diseases that once posed significant and potentially

deadly health risks” (Sheriff Andy Taylor). There are definitely pros and cons with vaccinations,

but there are also no proven lifelong side effects after getting your vaccinations at any age.

“Parents no longer have to spend restless hours worrying as their children suffer the body’s

natural response to disease. In economic terms, this translates directly into fewer missed hours of

work and less administrative difficulty, leading to a generally more productive society” (Jonas

Salk). The vaccinations have proven to actually be a lot more helpful than being harmful due to

the fact that these children won’t be getting these awful illnesses and aren’t getting affected by

them. “Children no longer must miss vast stretches of school to overcome a debilitating battle

with pertussis (although there is no doubt that some children lament this decline in excused

absences from school). Parents no longer have to spend restless hours worrying as their children

suffer the body’s natural response to disease. In economic terms, this translates directly into
fewer missed hours of work and less administrative difficulty, leading to a generally more

productive society” (Jonas Salk). This is showing that there are multiple positives about these

vaccinations and they are working the way they are supposed to and it’s helping them focus on

getting their children healthy and happy and not worry about any other children who are or are

not vaccinated.

In conclusion, you should vaccinate your children with all of the required ones and you

should have a very thorough conversation with your pediatrician about what is the healthiest

options for your child and what is the healthiest for them and how they are going to react to all

of the major vaccinations that they are going to get and if their immune system is able to handle

it yet. The controversy has been way too wide spread with how the vaccination process should

go with children and if it is a good idea or not. Not everyone has the same beliefs with the

vaccination process and that is totally normal because not everyone is going to have the same

beliefs with everything and how their parenting styles are. At the end of the day, you should give

your children every vaccines they need and focus on making them healthy and happy without

worrying about the “what ifs” if you don’t vaccinate them.

Works cited

Balding, B. (2006). Mandatory vaccination: Why we still got to get folks to take their

shots. From:

https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/8852146/Balding06.html?sequence=2
Salmon, D., Dudley, M., Glanz, J., & Omer, S. (2015) Vaccine Hesitancy. From:

http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(15)00314-1/fulltext

Wang, E., Baras, Y., & Buttenheim, A. (2015, October 27th). Everybody just wants to do

what’s best for their child: Understanding how pro-vaccine parents can support a culture

of vaccine hesitancy From:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X15015339