To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? Parents with infants and young children have been tussling with this proverbial question for several decades now. With the advent of the internet and the World Wide Web, parents have been bombarded with a plethora of information about pros and cons of vaccines from all kinds of sources, some creditable, and some are not. To the non-scientific community, these conflicting information can create problems in the decision making process; thus, forcing parents to make the wrong choices and putting their offspring and others at risk. However, this article will attempt to address the importance of vaccinations, how vaccines work, why we should vaccinate, and why parents should not be afraid to vaccinate their offspring.
Immunization is very important to the safety and health of everyone, especially children. Whether on not to vaccinate is the big question here. The only reasonable choice to make is to vaccinate. Immunization is not bad; moreover, the choice to not receive shots is dangerous. The choice to vaccinate your child could be a choice of either life or death. Vaccines are safer and easier than many people think. Immunization can protect from loss of time and money due to hospitalization, and can save future generations. Becoming educated on vaccinations and how they work will save lives one day.
People in the United States are urged from day one that vaccinations are important for the well being of their children and for everyone that your child may come in contact with. Recently, childhood vaccinations have been stigmatized as a negative process. Parents have become increasingly concerned about the effects and side effects of vaccinations. The problem being, that the infectious diseases that are being prevented for, are being forgotten about. Vaccinations have been doing their job in protecting us for so long that the infectious diseases are less scary than vaccination process itself (Austvoll-Dahlgren & Helseth, 2012, p. 271). Vaccinations are a preventative measure and one that will continue to be implemented in children for their individual safety and for the safety of the public. However, it is still the families’ choice whether or not they want to proceed with the vaccination process or not. Most vaccinations are going to be administered by a registered nurse, therefore, it is the role of the nurse to supply information, and answer questions when counseling families through this process. The goal is to make people feel as comfortable and as informed as possible so that they can make a decision on whether to submit to the vaccination process or not.
According to the CDC (2014) vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases, some that can be deadly. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children are not just gambling with their child’s life, they are also gambling with the lives of others. It is always better to prevent a disease than to have to treat it after it occurs. People with weakened immune systems are not as strong such as pregnant women, newborns, cancer patients, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive people, transplant recipients, and the elderly are also affected by the choice not to vaccinate.
When children are born and for the first two years of their lives, they receive multiple shots and drops of vaccines. These vaccines protect them from getting diseases that were deadly and common in children many decades ago. Vaccine is one of the greatest achievement in medicine history. There were thousands of lives lost in the battle with some of the terrifying diseases like smallpox and polio. Now, after years of vaccine invention, vaccination spread in many countries which helped in eradicate several illnesses. In the United States, each family is required to show their children's immunization chart in order to get accepted in many educational institutes. Parents usually face the decision whether to vaccinate
Over many years there have been parents that are very resistant to giving their children vaccines for the most complex to simplest diseases. Getting your children vaccinated could potentially save your child’s life and wipe out the disease for good. All children should be vaccinated when they are old enough to get the medication because if they do not get vaccinated it could put their health and others’ at risk. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.
A. As a parent, you may not prefer seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination is a critical venture in securing your child against a scope of genuine and possibly deadly diseases. Immunizations are brisk, safe and greatly powerful. Once your child has got vaccinated against an infection, their body can battle it all the more effectively. In the event, that a child is not vaccinated, they will have an expanded danger of getting the illness.
Since their first introduction in the late 1700s, vaccinations have been a controversial topic of discussion. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent the spread of disease. Although we can attribute the eradication and control of many diseases to vaccinations, there are still many Americans who are refusing to vaccinate their children based on their belief in a few unfounded fears. Most of these fears that the anti vaccine community believes are centered around the health risks involved with the practice of vaccinating. The majority of these fears have been disproven through extensive research. With the continued research and innovations of the
For many years, vaccines have been implemented in the healthcare of Canadian infants and children. They are the best and safest way to prevent against many deadly illnesses that can be contracted in a person’s lifetime, such as measles, rubella, and polio. It has been the standard practice of many health care professionals, however many people are choosing to not have their children vaccinated. The anti-vaccine movement has caused many mothers and fathers to not have their children complete their recommended vaccinations. Many are given false information regarding immunization, therefore as pediatric nurses, it is essential to perform health teaching with parents to provide them with the proper information regarding vaccines. As nurses, we need to be sure families made aware that vaccines are the safest and most effective way children can be protected from a variety of deadly illness, remove any barriers families may face with getting their vaccines, and help families feel less anxious when having their infant immunized.
Our parents who liked during this time of the world, mostly worry about illness and the fear of it. They think getting vaccinated helps ease tension and cut back on communicable illnesses at the same time. “Due to CDC (Centers for Disease Control) they recommend that you get 29 doses of 9 vaccines for children until age six. Although there is no current law requiring certain immunizations for children here are still rules to enter public schools” (vaccines.procon.org) According to benefits vs. Risks “When it comes down to it there are many benefits that comes When getting your child vaccinated. Saving a life, decreasing the rate of diseases, safe, and they are cost effective. These are just the main reasons why it will be good for you to be yourself and your child vaccinated” (immunizeforgood.com). another great point about getting a shot is it can protect you when you travel. According to New Health Advisor, “It protect you from traveling simply because a disease, like the measles no longer exists in the U.S does not mean that it does not exist anywhere else. When receiving your shot, it protects you from any illnesses that may catch somewhere else” (newhealthadvisor.com). an important factor to think about is that it can save future generations. According to Procon.org, “vaccinated mothers protect their unborn children from viruses that could cause birth defects and vaccinated communities can help stop disease for future diseases”
My ideal audience for this presentation would include new and parents to be, so that they are able to make educated decisions with regards to vaccinating their children. The information about vaccinations will be beneficial for every person in the world. This presentation will also be educational to any person that plans to become a parent, or a grandparent, at any time in the near, or not so near, future.
Using the health belief model we can teach new mothers and adults the benefits of vaccines and the risks of remaining unvaccinated. Such as, “If children and adults aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people” (Importance of Vaccines). Also, many people are not aware that just because a disease isn’t as prevalent as before that they do not need to be vaccinated for the disease. “Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year” (Importance of Vaccines). Many diseases are preventable, there just needs to be more education based on the
One of the risks of choosing to not vaccinate your child is that it doesn’t just affect their health; it potentially affects the health of those around them. For example, say your child does contract a disease such as measles and is in daycare or at the hospital being treated for it. In that time your child could potentially spread the disease to other children that are either unprotected because they aren’t old enough to receive the vaccine yet, or have compromised immune systems due to something such as cancer or someone suffering from kidney failure and they are unable to receive any live vaccines, or children who have received the vaccine and still have a low immunity against the disease. Choosing to vaccinate your child will protect people around your child, and that’s the ultimate goal with vaccines is to protect the health of the general public.
Purpose: The purpose of this speech is to inform my audience on the importance of vaccinating their children. My central idea is that current education is too lax, we need to better educate our new parents on the importance of vaccinations.