Immunization for Kids
Immunization has been a disputable issue over the last years, especially with reference to children. Possible risks are often observed, but on the other hand, potential negative aftereffects of non-immunization are the subject of even more heated discussions. It is necessary to highlight the arguments for immunizations of kids, since there are new threats and challenges in the world nowadays, one of them being poliomyelitis.It is immunization which serves to protect kids from various serious illnesses and complications of diseases including amputation of limbs, paralysis, brain damages, loss of hearing, and even death. This is the most general and the most vivid argument for childhood vaccination.
Apart from this, numerous diseases can spread easily, and it is due to immunization that they do not. There are instances of polio or diphtheria in some countries, though there was a global program aimed at immunization of children against these diseases. Nevertheless, polio occurs again, since children immunization was ignored by irresponsible parents. Thus, new polio infections have been registered in Ukraine recently. The first step made by local authorities was immunization of children. However, there are families where parents refuse from vaccination. As a result, there is a real threat to their children’s health.Some parents are afraid of what this or that vaccine consists of.
However, there are no worries here, since before immunization starts, vaccines undergo an extensive testing. Information about a vaccine is constantly studied and evaluate by medical professionals in order to conclude about its safety and effectiveness. Vaccine recommendations are as usual updated from time to time. Safe immunization is guaranteed to practically all children with the exception of highly allergic children and kids with weakened immune systems because of illnesses or a medical treatment (National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, 2015).As Jacqueline Howard observes (2015), there are parents who start arguing against immunization for their kids after getting misinformation or not getting relevant data at all. As a result, there are some misguided arguments against vaccination.
For instance, an English study showed in 1998 a connection between immunization and autism. It was true, but Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the leader of the research, was accused of falsifying the obtained data. Consequently, the study was retracted, and Wakefield was deprived of the medical license.According to the survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates (2011), 50% of parents reported their children received the H1N1 vaccine. Approximately 45% of the interviewed agreed to have their kids vaccinated in case of a new flu epidemic. The level of parents’ familiarity with childhood vaccines is an important factor which influences the public opinion concerning immunization. Thus, the half of the parents reported a high level of familiarity. Moderate familiarity got similar results. And there are only six per cent of the interviewed who consider the knowledge of childhood vaccination as limited.At the same time, about 90% of the parents answered that childhood vaccines are effective enough and important for the health of their children.
According to the parents who participated in the survey, …