Are Vaccines Safe for Our Children?

Vaccinations are a critical part of a child’s health care, and the law requires that all children have the appropriate vaccinations in order to attend public schools.  Vaccinations can help keep a child protected from deadly diseases and can also help in preventing the spread of potentially dangerous diseases to others in the community.  Some parents as well as experts worry about the safety of such vaccinations, and there is considerable debate as to whether or not certain vaccinations are safe and/or necessary.

Some experts claim that vaccinations are extremely necessary and that children do not have the type of immune system in order to keep them protected in a school setting without using vaccinations.  All children are expected to receive a series of vaccinations prior to entering a school and proof of such vaccinations is often required before school admittance is permitted.  Some experts also argue that the majority of dangerous diseases which vaccinations are intended to defend against will attack younger children and this is why it is vital for children to receive vaccinations prior to entering the school setting.

State law mandates that immunizations are recorded and that record will have to be presented to the school prior to school entry.  Parents planning to register a child in a local school system will have to bring a proof of immunizations with them along with other health related documentation.  Every state has different laws, and the parent will need to find out what laws are in place so that all regulations can be met with expediency.  In some instances, and for the purposes of religious beliefs, a family can be exempt from getting vaccinations.  Again, state law applies in such an instance and parents will need to discover what the laws are regarding religious exemption from vaccination requirements.

Children receive a series of vaccinations that are given to them over a period of time.  Usually such vaccinations include a vaccine for tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, and rubella, as well as chickenpox.  Tetanus shots sometimes require booster shot several years after the initial vaccination, and other vaccinations also require follow-up booster immunizations in order to keep one’s immunity strong.

Some experts concerned with the safety of vaccinations express concern for the symptoms that one develops immediately after having a vaccination as well as potential severe side effects.  General side effects associated with receiving vaccinations include things like developing a fever, pain at the site of the injection, swelling at the site of the injection, and allergic reactions like the development of a rash, and/or swelling.  Other serious side effects that many people are concerned about include things like neurological related side effects and the correlation between the use of vaccinations and the onset of autism.  Experts that believe vaccinations are beneficial assert the fact that many lives have been saved by vaccinations.  Meanwhile, those against the use of vaccinations argue that there has been some serious neurological damage that some vaccinations can be blamed for; until further research can be conducted the question will remain as to whether or not 100% of all vaccinations are safe for all children.

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