In a world where the topic of vaccines is one of the most controversial yet, weighing the pros and cons of vaccinations for their own child can be immensely difficult. Forms of vaccination have been around for centuries, and for the most part, they have proven to be one of the most successful, most revolutionary medical inventions in history.

However, you may be wondering, “If vaccines work that well, then why are they so controversial?” Despite how heavily debated vaccination is, facts are still facts. However, there are indeed pros and cons to vaccinating your child, and you should weigh them before making a doctor’s appointment.

The Cons

  • There’s a risk of natural infection that can come from a vaccine. Although this is possible, the risk of getting the disease that the vaccine prevents is far greater than that infection that can easily be treated.
  • Vaccines can be expensive in the short-term. Paying for multiple vaccines all at once during the ages your children need to get them can be pretty expensive. In spite of this, parents need to consider that treatment for a preventable disease can be far more expensive than paying less for the vaccines that can prevent those diseases.
  • Giving children shots can be very difficult and have consequences. Parenting is already difficult enough without adding shots into the mix. Children will most likely scream and cry before, during, and after getting their vaccines, so a parent worrying about this behavior is a genuine concern. Even after your visit to the doctor’s office, children might still be showing this behavior. However, if you go to a pediatrician, a medical professional that specializes in treating children, it is their job to make sure their young patients are comfortable. The pediatrician and nurses will most likely make your child feel better after administering the shots and will do so by calming your child down or even providing an incentive to your toddler, such as a fun sticker or piece of candy.
  • Vaccines don’t work 100% of the time. While vaccines do work most of the time, there is a small chance that they will not be effective, which is why there is risk involved in getting your child vaccinated.
  • Some vaccines can cause febrile seizures, which most commonly occurs in children. Although some studies suggest that there is a risk for getting febrile convulsions after receiving vaccines, it is doubtful. It is even more likely that your child will experience febrile seizures if your child contracts the diseases that vaccines prevent.

The Pros

  • Vaccines can save your child’s life. Very real, life-threatening diseases like measles, pneumonia, pertussis, and many more are easily preventable by simply vaccinating your child. The risk of subjecting your child to catching these illnesses is much greater than the smaller risks that are associated with vaccines.
  • “Natural Immunity” isn’t as effective as some people make it out to be, and vaccines are much better at making children immune. Yes, your body does have its own immune system to rely on when protecting against different sicknesses. Some argue that contracting certain diseases and then getting better also provides a “natural immunity” from the disease that a vaccine would provide. Despite this, it is important to remember that a very young child’s immune system is not fully developed yet to handle the symptoms and repercussions of tackling the disease head-on. It is much safer to take the approach of vaccination because it gives your child a small dose of the vaccine that is just enough to make your child immune to it, but not enough to make your child extremely sick.
  • Protecting your child from diseases means protecting other children from diseases too. While it is completely understandable to care more about your own child rather than the children of other parents, it is still every person’s responsibility to help keep their community safe as a whole. Not only would vaccination save your child’s life, but also it would save other children’s lives as well by not spreading diseases.
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Where Can I Get My Child Vaccinated?

Now that we’ve gone over the pros and cons of vaccinations, the next step for you is to find out how and where you can get your child vaccinated. Here at Fox Medical Centers, we provide a multitude of vaccinations for both children and adults at our South Florida clinics.

Feel free to book an appointment, and our medical professionals will be more than happy to assist you in this process. As a parent, you are responsible for your child’s health and well-being, so think critically when thinking about how you can protect and watch over your child.

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