Avoidance of vaccinations is becoming the norm because of inconvenience, fears of side effects, causing other syndromes, and the inability to make the appointed time for a vaccination.
On the Rise
The measles illness has risen 30% across the world because parents are refusing to vaccinate their children. Parents are avoiding vaccinations for religious, personal and philosophical reasons. Information on vaccines are not thorough enough to make the best decisions. Therefore, fear is a part of the decision making process. Vaccinations must be proven to be safe in order to make educated decisions.
Fear of Side Effects
Who wants to put something in their body that creates these kind of side effects? There are many types of side effects from the varied vaccinations. The most common side effects are fever, chills, and red at the sight. But, with some vaccinations-influenza type B shot-sepsis and pneumonia are possible.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) all vaccines can cause anaphylaxis shock and contain ingredients that can be harmful. Ingredients like thimerosal (a mercury compound) could be harmful. Some physicians and parents think thimerosal is linked to some autism cases. Glutaraldehyde, a compound used to disinfect medical and dental equipment, is used in some DTaP vaccinations and exposure can cause asthma and other respiratory issues.
This is why parents are hesitant toward vaccinations. All kinds of ingredients can cause other effects like polio, TD, and DTaP vaccines contain 2-phenoxyethanol, an antibacterial that is a skin and eye irritant that can cause headache, shock, convulsions, kidney damage, cardiac and kidney failure, and death.
The measles vaccine (even though speculations have come out about the vaccine) totally eradicated measles in the year 2000. After this point, they are on the rise again and parents have an abundant and sometimes legitimate fears. Measles is rising in some states-Washington-and children are getting infected. When families travel outside of the United States children become infected without a vaccination because its highly contagious. Should everyone be put at risk because families are choosing not to vaccinate? Could choosing not to vaccinate eventually cause more health problems in our society?