When our children are born – we vow to protect them. Keeping kids safe becomes the driving force of almost every single decision, from buying an automobile to child-proofing the kitchen to taking out insurance policies. Yet so many moms and dads are still hesitant in regards to their child’s vaccinations, even when today’s immunizations have been confirmed to protect against more diseases than ever before in the history of our country.
Polio, once America’s most feared killer of youth, has long been absent in the United States due to advancements in medical science. Smallpox no longer exists. Immunization slayed that dragon almost four decades ago. Unspeakable diseases that once resulted in the death of thousands are no longer a threat today – a testament to the ingenuity of the American health system, and the diligence of parents and doctors, alike.
Child vaccinations are safe, effective, and the result of tireless review and evaluation by scientists and medical professionals. While allergic reactions can occur – they are extremely rare, and advances in technology have made receiving vaccinations virtually painless, as well.
While it may be a point of contention with your four-year old, it’s hard to argue that the momentary discomfort associated with a needle is the tiniest of prices to pay in exchange for a lifetime of peace.
Consider the following:
- Vaccinations protect your entire family (and complete strangers, as well). Vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough have continued to rear their ugly heads in recent years. By vaccinating your child, you are also protecting those individuals who cannot benefit from them, such as infants who are too young to be vaccinated and children with auto-immune disorders and life-threatening allergic reactions.
- Diseases are frequent fliers. Illnesses that are not prevalent in the United States, such as diphtheria, still regularly occur in neighboring countries, and can make their way stateside with nothing but a plane ticket.
- Vaccinations save money. Immunization is typically covered by major insurance carriers, and can prevent an onslaught of medical bills resulting from long term disabilities – such as paralysis or amputation – that vaccine-preventable diseases can yield. Federal assistance is also available to low-income families who cannot afford to pay for vaccinations outright.
Keep your children safe with these vaccination tips:
- Consult with your child’s pediatric provider to find out if your baby is due for any vaccinations.
- Regularly refer to child vaccination schedules provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
- Learn the symptoms of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Continuous, complete vaccination can provide a safer and healthier future for our children, their children, and children we may never even meet. Those far-off generations will never run in our rounded-edged kitchens or ride in our practical minivans, but by vaccinating now – we will keep them safe one day.