Here is the incredible thing. There are vaccines for 21 different diseases that are approved for children under 18 years old. That doesn’t mean that it’s recommended for your child to receive all of these. In fact, one of the diseases that has a vaccine to prevent is it smallpox! But since 1980 smallpox has been eradicated, meaning the disease is completely gone!
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Influenza (Seasonal Flu)
- Japanese encephalitis
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Poliomyelitis (Polio)
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Tetanus (Lockjaw)
- Typhoid Fever
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Yellow fever
Remember the organizations involved in vaccine safety? They help to determine which vaccines should be given routinely and which are only needed for special circumstances. Their recommendations are based on how many people in an area are likely to be infected and how our bodies respond to the disease naturally.
Like any medication, there are risks and benefits to vaccines. As an informed mama who wants to make the best decision for her family, it’s important to learn about BOTH the risks AND the benefits!
It’s like when your kids are fighting. He says that she hit him. But she says that he pulled her hair. You have to hear both sides of the story before you get the full picture of what is actually going on.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a closer look at some of the diseases that are vaccine preventable AND the risks or side effects that go along with the vaccine itself. All of the information will be from reliable, accurate sources and I will do my best to give you links along the way if you want to read some more.
This is about learning together because only with KNOWELDGE can we make the best decisions.
Are there specific questions that you have? Or rumors that you have heard? Let me know and I will do the research to find the best answers to those questions!