6 reasons why parents do not vaccinate their children and why they should do this
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Vaccination of children is a topic that divides parents into two camps, those who claim that the vaccine can infect children and those who are on the immunization side.
More and more parents are avoiding vaccinating their children, and this is worrying doctors, who point out that diseases that we thought were eradicated in our country, such as polio, for example, could reappear, as happened in Ukraine, very close to our country.
Reasons why parents refuse to vaccinate their children there are many, some parents argue that the exact side effects are not known exactly because not enough studies have been done in this regard, especially since they are new vaccines. Other parents consider that the big pharmaceutical companies have huge profits from vaccines, first of all their marketing and then because they cause diseases for which all these companies have the remedy.
Another factor that tipped the balance against vaccination was the judgment of a court in Italy, issued in 2012, according to which ROR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine it would cause autism. But this argument is no longer a solid one, because the Bologna Court of Appeal ruled that the first court, in Remini, gave a verdict on the basis of fraudulent evidence and therefore annulled it.
At the same time, due to the fact that these diseases have been eradicated, parents regard them as mild afflictions. Nothing is worse, however, and measles and rubella and mumps are quite serious diseases, especially for adults, where complications can occur.
Here are the 7 most common reasons parents refuse to vaccinate their children and their explanations for these concerns:
1. "Too many vaccines in such a short time will overwhelm the child's immune system"
Currently, children are vaccinated for up to 2 years against fish 10 diseases, and this can make parents reluctant for so many medicines given to the baby. But doctors say it does not count the number of injections the child makes, but what is in them, especially antigens. Therefore, antigens the vaccines they contain today are less than those of the vaccines that children made in the 90's for example.
The number of antigens has decreased even though the number of vaccines has increased since now I use acellular vaccines, ie a vaccine lacking cellular elements, obtained by purifying the antigenic components of pathogenic microorganisms.
2. "The immune system of the child has not reached maturity, so I will only make the important vaccines now and the others later"
In case of illness, a delay of several months until the vaccination can be too long, and the child may become ill. The vaccination scheme was designed to provide the highest degree of protection and is very well reviewed by immunology experts who have extensive experience in the field, so if a vaccine is to be given at 6 months, it is best to do so. you do then and not at 3, if that's the recommendation.
3. "Vaccines contain toxic substances such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, antifreeze
In general, vaccines they are nothing but water with antigens, but they need other substances to stabilize the solution and increase its efficiency. Vaccines do indeed contain small amounts of aluminum salts that stimulate the immune system.
Formaldehyde is also an adjuvant to vaccines, but it is used in extremely small amounts, there are many fruits that contain more formaldehyde than a vaccine, and the human body tolerates it without problems in small quantities. In fact, all these adjuvants are used in quantities that a child's body accepts without any problem.
Although some parents have learned from various sources that vaccines would contain antifreeze, this is simply an error, most likely caused by the similarity of the word "antigen" and "antifreeze".
4. "Vaccines are a source of income for pharmaceutical companies and doctors"
Indeed, pharmaceutical companies that produce vaccines have something to gain from their sale and the fact that immunization against certain diseases is mandatory, but vaccines are by far not their main source of money.
Even for pediatricians, vaccines are not an important source of income, so no doctor will recommend you vaccinate your child just because they would get rich through this procedure.
5. "Some adverse effects of vaccines are much worse than the diseases you have"
Some side effects are quite common in vaccines, we are talking about redness and edema (swelling) at the location of the sting, may rarely occur fever, constipation or diarrhea, but really serious reactions, such as anaphylactic shock, are extremely rare. Studies show that the chances of a child having an allergic reaction to a vaccine are 1 in 1 million.
6. "The obligation to vaccinate my child is a violation of my rights"
Many parents considering harmful vaccines I see the obligation of immunization as a violation of their rights, claiming that they are responsible for the health of the child and in the decisions related to it, the state should not intervene.
It is not only the case of parents in Romania, but also from other countries in the West, France and even the United States of America. Currently, in our country, through the National Immunization Program, children must be vaccinated against infectious diseases such as polio, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, "rubella", mumps, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae B type infection, tuberculosis.
Because they are highly contagious, children who have not been immunized against them are exposed to very high risks and are a danger to those around them. In some cases, it is not necessarily about the individual health of a child, but about an entire kindergarten group because of two children who refused the vaccine.
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