To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate
Ah, yes. That is the question. The topic of vaccinations incites heated debates among medical professionals and mommies alike.
I am not going to tell you to vaccinate your kids or not. That choice is yours. Instead, I have provided you with some resources (from both sides of the argument) so that you may make an educated decision!
What is a vaccine?
Vaccines are biological substances made from various ingredients, depending upon the type of vaccine, used to create antibodies against specific diseases. Types of vaccines include pills, injection, or nasal spray. After vaccination, the body builds these antibodies to create an “army” and ward off a particular disease. Creation of these vaccines is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Here are a couple of myths about vaccinations – are they true or not?
Myth #1: Vaccinations cause autism
This myth of our times was academically discredited, but the public took hold of it because frankly everyone wants something to point finger at in explanation of the growing numbers of autistic children in the U.S. You can read the original study here: lancet.com.
However, interestingly there have been some cases where regressive autism (autism symptoms that arise only after two years of age) resulted from a reaction to a vaccine.These patience have been able to improve and recover from autistic symptoms through “biomedical and holistic approaches”.
Myth #2: Vaccines contain live viruses
This is partially true, some do. According to Vaccines.gov, measles, mumps, rubella, rotavirus, smallpox, chickenpox, yellow fever, and shingles contain the live virus. But don’t freak out! Do your research.
Myth #3: If I’m vaccinated, I can’t get the disease/virus
Not always, as we have seen this past winter with the flu shot being only 17% effective against the most prevalent flu strain during the season.
Myth #4: Vaccines contain fetal tissue
In the 1960’s, two voluntary abortions resulted in the fetal tissue that is still used today to create some vaccines
Myth #5: Vaccines have eradicated many illnesses from society
In the United States, vaccines have reduced or removed nine diseases from circulation since the beginning of the 20th century. These include measles, diptheria, smallpox, rubella, polio, and tetanus among others.
Myth #6: Vaccines contain mercury
Mercury is an ingredient in thiomersal (C9H9HgNaO2S), a chemical compound used to kill bacteria in vaccines. This compound is used in some flu vaccinations as a preservative (which is 25 micrograms of mercury per .5 mL dosage), but is not recommended for use on children under age 2. Some other vaccines may contain trace amounts of the substance as it prevents growth of deadly bacterial infections such as staphlococcus (staph infection).
Hope these resources were helpful to you! Here are some websites to further your research:
Whether or not you vaccinate, it is your choice. Do not make other parents feel guilty or negligent either way, for they are exercising their own rights. Educate and decide for yourself. Remember, you are the best mama for your kids!