Baby vaccine safety

I have a friend who has decided not to innoculate her baby. Now I am really afraid after all the things she has said about the safety of these injections. So are inoculations safe or not?

This is not an easy issue, and there are strong and emotive opinions on both sides of the fence. For every argument on one side, there is a strong counterargument. This is an issue which you will have to research yourself and make your own decisions over. If you have a doctor whom you really trust, then you could ask his or her opinion. But the argument against vaccinating will say that the thoughts of doctors are strongly influenced by the drug manufacturers, who have a vested commercial interest in making sure that your baby gets vaccinated.

Consider the argument that childhood diseases have been almost eradicated in the Western world, since the advent of inoculation counterargument inoculation programmes. The counterargument would be that the introduction of inoculation programmes coincided with the rise in the living conditions of the average person in Europe and America. Thus the improved nutrition and hygiene of these populations would have led to a reduction in the incidences of childhood diseases anyway. It would be interesting to apply this argument to the drop in mortality rates for children in very poor African populations who have been inoculatedinoculations.

There is a lot of concern about the link between autism and MMR inoculations. There are reports of children whose behaviour changed soon after receiving an immunisation, and who was later diagnosed as autistic. The counterargument would be that it is just unfortunate that the injections coincide with the age at which autism starts to present itself. In a study done in Denmark on over half a million children, most of whom had been immunised, the results showed that the incidence of autism in this population was actually lower than in the general population. However, the study was later criticised as being funded by a pharmaceutical company.

Immunised children do sometimes get these childhood diseases and this is used as a criticism of the process. The counterargument would be that they experience a far milder form of the disease than they would have had they not been immunised. This is particularly important in virulent diseases such as measles and whooping cough, which were often fatal in the not-so-distant past.

The argument that the vaccinations themselves contain toxic and harmful constituents is strongly denied by the manufacturers. They claim that the vaccines are safe, and carefully monitored for any aberrations in quality. How can you be sure of that? You can’t. But how would you feel if your child was adversely affected by a disease that could have been avoided had you inoculated the child? There is no easy answer. Whatever you decide, you will meet other parents who are strongly in disagreement with your decision. You will have to expect that, and once you have made a decision one way or the other, be prepared to stand by that decision. +27 (0)81 885 4683 

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