The U.S. recently suffered a measles outbreak of over fifty confirmed cases. This life threatening disease is preventable, but unfortunately, a number of people choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children.
Measles is a dangerous and very contagious infection. Its symptoms include red eyes, cough, runny nose, high fever, diarrhea and rash. It can lead to many serious complications, including pneumonia, blindness, brain inflammation and potentially death.
Parents should not be exempt from vaccinating their children, regardless of personal fear or mistrust of vaccines. Claims from countless high-profile studies have been misinterpreted, which in turn caused parents to fly into an unnecessary state of fear and chaos. Several common misconceptions about vaccinations include the belief that they are not necessary because children can have natural immunities or that they can cause autism.
There is no proven connection between vaccinations and autism, and although this theory was proved wrong, parents still believe in the myth.
When it comes to a child’s health, it is important to consult medical professionals and make educated decisions accordingly.
Although a child may have natural immunities to certain illnesses, it does not guarantee immunity to deadly diseases like measles, which is why it is very important to get a vaccine to prevent further issues.
Additionally, a parent has the responsibility to provide their child with a healthy life, which includes making sure that preventable diseases do not spread throughout their community as a result of their negligent lack of care.
Fortunately, the utilization of vaccines has caused cases of measles to drop significantly. However, just because a certain disease may no longer be very prevalent, it does not mean that immunizations for this disease are unnecessary.
It is always possible for a disease to return, especially when less people get vaccinated. Less vaccinations cause the chance of the disease spreading to dramatically increase.
It is much better to have everyone vaccinated regardless of whether or not they are prone to such diseases instead of taking the risk to endanger the lives of others. It is imperative that parents do everything they can to raise a healthy child and protect the lives of people around them by having them vaccinated.