Vaccinations have saved millions of lives and prevented even more adults and children from disability since the early 20th Century. Many diseases have been all but eradicated as a result of public health campaigns and “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is a situation in which a significant proportion of the population is immunized and as such, the risk of spreading an infectious disease from one person to another is so low that it is unlikely to occur. Not only is it critical that adults are vaccinated to protect themselves, and their babies, from contracting deadly diseases, but immunization is important to protect others from also becoming ill. Immunizations are recommended for adults and children by the following organizations:
If you have any questions or concerns, speak to your health care practitioner.
There’s no question that people sometimes experience negative side effects from vaccines. While side effects vary according to the vaccine itself, the most common side effect – discomfort and redness at the point of injection remits quickly. Some folks develop a low-grade fever, headache or diarrhea. The risk of serious harm or death is extremely small. Earlier ‘research’ linking vaccinations to autism and other conditions was found to be fraudulent. Even today, a leading NGO AutismSpeaks says there’s no connection between vaccination and autism; they also recommend folks follow their family doctor or pediatrician’s direction.