Childhood vaccinations pros and cons

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The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child by Robert W. Sears

With the spate of publicity surrounding the possible health risks posed by childhood immunization, parents are no longer simply following doctors orders and automatically having their children vaccinated. Instead, they are asking questions. The problem is the search for answers only leads parents to conflicting, one-sided information: doctors claim that parents are endangering their childs life if they refuse shots, while radical vaccine opponents claim parents are endangering their childs life if they accept shots. With The Vaccine Book, parents finally have one, fair, impartial, fact-based resource they can turn to for answers. Each chapter is devoted to a disease/vaccine pair and offer a comprehensive discussion of what the disease is, how common or rare it is, how serious or harmless it is, the ingredients of the vaccine, and any possible side effects from the vaccine. Ultimately, parents will have to make their own informed decisions as Dr. Bob Sears is neither pro-vaccine nor anti-vaccine. But The Vaccine Book will provide exactly the information parents want and need as they make their way through the vaccination maze.
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According to the World Health Organization, 2 to 3 million deaths are avoided each year, thanks to vaccinations. They also say that 1. These numbers are staggering and lend credibility to just how important vaccines are. Still, there has been debate over whether vaccines are actually safe and effective for preventing diseases like pertussis whooping cough , measles, and polio. Read on for more information about how vaccines work, which vaccinations you and your child need to stay healthy, where you can get them, and when you should. Your immune system is composed of organs, cells, glands, and fluids.

When germs enter the body, the immune system recognizes them as foreign substances antigens. The immune system produces the right antibodies to fight the antigens. Vaccines contain weakened versions of a virus or versions that look like a virus called antigens. This means the antigens cannot produce the signs or symptoms of the disease, but they do stimulate the immune system to create antibodies. These antibodies help protect you if you are exposed to the virus in the future. Vaccines not only help keep your child healthy, they help all children by stamping out serious childhood diseases.

About the Author:

Kristie Jernigan is a health writer with over 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix. Edward Jenner who was a country physician from England created the first vaccine in , according to Harvard Medical School. Jenner developed the small pox vaccine, which changed the course of this deadly disease. Since that time, many other researchers and physicians have developed other vaccines. Vaccines have both pros and cons when it come to the health of your child and some parents are struggling with making the decision to vaccinate.

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