With so much controversy going on in the media, many people are wondering this critical question: Why immunize?
The most obvious answer is that it helps protect especially vulnerable people, such as the elderly and small children, from otherwise preventable diseases. As the school year rolls around, it becomes especially important to receive vaccinations. Classrooms and/or dorms can create a petri dish of bacteria due to constant interaction with others.
It’s true, some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it’s really worthwhile to keep vaccinating.
It’s much like bailing out a boat with a slow leak. When we started bailing, the boat was filled with water. But we have been bailing fast and hard, and now it is almost dry. We could say, “Good. The boat is dry now, so we can throw away the bucket and relax.” But the leak hasn’t stopped. Before long we’d notice a little water seeping in, and soon it might be back up to the same level as when we started.
Unless we can “stop the leak” (eliminate the disease), it is important to keep immunizing. Even if there are only a few cases of disease today, if we take away the protection given by vaccination, more and more people will become infected and will spread disease to others. Soon we will undo the progress we have made over the years.*
Facts about Immunizations:
Diseases are becoming rare due to vaccinations. However, it’s critical that we continue to immunize until the disease is eliminated.
In 1947 Japan reduced pertussis vaccinations and an epidemic occurred as a result.
Vaccinations help to protect our children, their classmates, and their classmate's families.
Vaccines, like all medication, can cause a reaction. However, many children never have a reaction. For those who do, most reactions will be minor such as a sore leg, a slight rash, or a mild fever that goes away in a day or two.
Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases.
Please feel free to contact us for any questions you may have regarding immunizations.