Are you for or against the vaccine debate?
There is an increasing number of children being diagnosed with diseases that in the past we had not seen for many years, such as: whooping cough, measles, polio. The vaccinated percentages of children used to be around the 85-95%. Now in some areas of Australia approx 45-50% of children are vaccinated.
I have had this post in “draft” for a number of weeks now since the vaccination debate reared its ugly head again. I wanted to provide a fair and unbiased account of the argument for and against vaccination
I have friends on both sides of the equation. Those who have immunised their children and those who have chosen not to immunise their child.
The topic covers a number of issues and questions. Most of it related to people’s belief’s and values about the prevention of disease and the impact on the child short term and long term.
According to the World Health Organisation:
“A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and “remember” it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters.”
” Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.”
Why people do not immunise:
* The belief that possible side effects that can occur if given e.g…austism, seizure, nerve damage, low muscle tone
* Children have natural immunities in their body’s systems to combat disease
* Getting vaccinated doesn’t mean it is effective longterm or preventative of disease. (Being vaccinated is not the same as being immunised)
* The vaccines contain toxins and chemicals that can potentially harm children e.g mercury, glycerin, formaldehyde
* The belief that preventative illness & disease stems from hygiene, satiation & nutrition
* Vaccines are a money making scheme via the pharmaceutical
Resource: The People’s Chemist
Why people do immunise their child.
* for a child to be able to be included in education and daycare facilities
* to prevent the child being infected by diseases such as whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis
* to prevent children passing infections onto others more vulnerable e.g., other children, the elderly, newborns, toddlers
* the majority of those vaccinated prevent & protect the minority from disease
My Midwife View:
My medical background and training is obviously biased towards to the need to vaccinate.
I do respect the fact that others have chosen not to vaccinate their children and the reasons why they have nominated their child to “opt out” of the vaccine schedule.
Again I feel that education is the key to informed choice. There is always going to be those who choose to not to vaccinate or only use part of the vaccine schedule for their children. As long as the information & reasons are built on actual facts rather than scare mongering.
From a personal perspective, I have had discussions with my grandparents in the past, whose family members & childhood friends have died due to illness such as polio. That is only 2 generations to eradicate the polio virus yet this generation (2013) are seeing a return to these illnesses already. It is heartbreaking to watch young babies and children heal and undergo treatment for these diseases that simply are preventable by a vaccine.
To more information about Vaccines
Have you chosen to vaccinate your children? How did you come to that decision?
(Please be respectful in the comment section, this is a heated topic)