Should your kids be getting so many vaccinations?
Some parents fear that the possible adverse side effects of vaccines outweigh the benefits of immunizing their children. The increasing rate of autism in the United States has led some to believe there is a connection between vaccinations and the development of autism though doctors strongly refute this. What do you think?
Here are some statistics on vaccinations in the United States:
A study from the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research found:
- 49% of children between the ages of 2 and 24 do not receive all of the recommended vaccinations or do not get vaccinated at all.
- 1 out of 8 undervaccinated children had parents who intentionally chose to deviate from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s recommendations for vaccination
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports:
- Each child in the US is recommended to receive 26 doses of 9 vaccines by their first birthday (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child.html). In the United Kingdom, only 18 doses of 6 vaccines are recommended in the child’s first 12-13 months.
- 1 in 88 children in the US was diagnosed with autism in 2008, as opposed to only 1 in 150 children in 2000
- 2-5% of young children will experience at least one febrile seizure after vaccination