Vaccinations save lives

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 15, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated July 16, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Most people at one time or another have dreaded receiving vaccinations but endured the momentary pain from the needle's prick to get the shot knowing it was for their own good.

Vaccinations help millions of people every year keep from getting serious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses.

Vaccinations in children help keep down the spread of such illnesses as measles, chicken pox, mumps and polio, to name a few.

It is hard to imagine what our communities would be like if vaccines had not been researched and developed to knock out the epidemics that were quickly spreading across cities decades ago.

For example, polio was once America's most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, with the polio vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.

As responsible parents, we must not let scare tactics keep us from vaccinating our children. We must protect them and keep them healthy.

A recent scare tactic spreading across social media is by a Victoria woman who claims her baby's doctor gave her the wrong vaccination, which has made her ill.

The doctor documented the accidental administration of the vaccine which protects young teens against HPV. Medical experts said it did not harm the child.

But the mother is waging an anti-vaccination campaign at the expense of the doctor's good name.

Specialists in HPV vaccine research maintain the shot would not cause health issues in a child under the age of 1 as the mother has claimed it did.

The non-live vaccine is designed to stimulate the body to produce antibodies that, in future encounters with HPV, bind to the virus and prevent it from infecting cells, medical experts said.

The worst it could do is cause an irritation and a slight fever, another expert said.

The doctor reported the mistake, which speaks highly of her professional character.

It is time we understand and accept that vaccinations are well researched and tested before being approved for use on children or adults.

Before jumping on the bandwagon to say this was dangerous and that all vaccines are dangerous, parents need to do their research through credible sources that have science on their side.

We must do our research to understand how vaccines work and any possible side effects they may cause.

To learn more about vaccines, talk to your doctor or do your own research using reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control or American Medical Association.

Anti-vaccination advocates will always be in our society, but let's hope they too do their research of credible resources and learn vaccinations help keep them and their children healthy.

Research has debunked the blatant lie that vaccinations cause autism. The doctor who started that scare tactic has been stripped of his credentials, but anti-vaccination advocates still stand by this fallacy.

Anti-vaccine supporters should not stop parents from protecting their children from diseases and viruses.

It is the parents' responsibility to keep their children healthy.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.


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