Do Vaccination Benefits Outweigh Risks?

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Hi Dr. Ottoman here with a tip about vaccines, recommended vaccinations for children include Tetanus diphtheria and pertussus, also known as whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps rebella also known as German measles meningitis, pneumonia and chicken pox. These are vaccine preventable diseases, and before the vaccines were developed, they claimed thousands of live annually.

Still many parents are concerned about the safety of vaccination, let me reassure you that vaccines are safe. There may be minor side effects such as soreness on the injection site but the benefits versely outweighs the dangers of catching the disease. Refusing to vaccinate has consequences.

In 2010, more than 21, 000 cases of whooping cough occurred in the US. And 22 children younger than one died. When children don't get the vaccination with our help and everyone else is at risk. About 5% of the time vaccinations don't produce some immunity but since there is no easy way to tell for whom the vaccine didn't work, everyone should get vaccinated so the disease never takes hold in a community.

Wide spread vaccination even helps those 5% of people whose vaccines aren't effective avoid infection. It also protects those who are too young to be vaccinated such as new borns and those who were unable to get vaccinated such as a child receiving chemotherapy for cancer. If you have questions about vaccination for your child, talk to your pediatrician.

I'm Dr. Altman for more ways to protect your family's health watch all our smart tips, right here.