Why to vaccinate?
Why it’s important to vaccinate your children
The main goal we parents have is to make our children feel good, help them survive. We feed them, we dress them, we protect them.
If children today were exposed to all the diseases they were exposed to 50 years ago, without the protection of vaccines, they would end up in the same situation as the children of that time.
For example, diphtheria outbreaks caused many deaths, as did whooping cough. Today people in the developed world don’t know what diphtheria is, there are few people with whooping cough. We no longer see this phenomenon because two generations have already been vaccinated and therefore these organisms are no longer circulating in the environment.
A short time ago, meningitis caused by meningococcal, pneumococcal, Hemophilus, measles or mumps caused many deaths.
Rubella killed, and also resulted in many children with severe deformations if the mother contracted rubella during pregnancy. Today this no longer happens because mothers were vaccinated against rubella when they were young girls, 20-30 years ago.
The bacterium of tetanus is present on the ground, or on rusty nails. If it gets inside a wound of a person not vaccinated against tetanus, the individual will have terrible neurological symptoms and die a very excruciating death. When I was a child, you could hear of so many children dying of tetanus.
Polio used to deform many children, and in Italy alone one thousand children died of measles each year.
Vaccines are the reason for the survival of millions of children around the world who would have died of these terrible diseases.
They are therefore the most important means among those with which the medicine of the twentieth century has ensured the survival of very large masses of children and greatly improved their quality of life.
But (ironically!) vaccines have also always been the object of obtuse and fierce opposition ever since, in 1796, the English doctor Jenner began the first immunizations with the smallpox vaccine.
As has happened to other worthy discoveries (think for example of Galileo!), obscurantist prejudices have often prevailed, causing delays to the introduction of vaccines too many times, with serious damage for everyone.
Even today there are individuals and groups who fight real crusades against vaccinations because they are convinced, on the basis of a false or distorted interpretation of the facts, that they are more harmful and risky than useful.
Yet the large amount of data in favour of vaccines is an incontrovertible fact and also easily verifiable by anyone. It is no coincidence that they enjoy the unconditional favour of researchers in the field, of all the national organizations of paediatricians, and of authoritative organizations such as the Centre for the Control of Infectious Diseases, the WHO, UNICEF, etc.
All ignorant or corrupt?
It would not be difficult for me, in order to disprove certain sites that publish false or distorted data on vaccines taken from non-existent or absolutely discredited sources, to cite all the research that in the last fifty years has proven the extreme advantage of vaccines.
You can download the table below which is the recommended vaccination schedule. Vaccines are done as soon as possible to reduce the risks.
Until a child has been vaccinated, he or she risks contracting the actual disease.
The only reason to delay vaccination is if the child is very ill with very high fever fever, if he has an important ongoing disease (not a cold or other trivial disease).
It seemed useful to give a list of the questions I usually receive from parents about vaccines with the relative answers.
1. Why should I vaccinate my baby?
Because it is the most natural and safe form of prevention of many infectious diseases that are very risky for your health.
2. Why are there “mandatory” and “optional” vaccines?
This distinction has nothing to do with the effectiveness and importance of each vaccine. It is due solely to “historical” reasons, that is, the fact that the first vaccines introduced in many countries had to be made mandatory to force people to overcome suspicions and reticence and vaccinate their children.
Today, most vaccines are optional, although highly recommended by experts, because people are better informed and more willing to subject their children to the immunizations available.
3. Is it true that “too many” vaccines do not allow the immune system to develop normally?
The opposite is true. Each vaccine stimulates a reaction of the immune system that is perfectly similar to that of natural infections and therefore contributes to the evolution and maturation of the system itself.
4. Is it true that the hepatitis B vaccine can cause autism and multiple sclerosis?
It is absolutely unfounded.
5. Is it true that oral polio vaccine (Sabin) can cause polio?
This question gives me the opportunity to highlight how, contrary to what the alarmists against vaccines imply, researchers and health authorities are extremely vigilant in detecting any very rare side effects of vaccines and try to remedy them immediately.
It is true that the oral polio vaccination, as long as it was practiced, caused one case of polio for every million first doses, which made it very difficult to realize the link between the vaccination and the event itself.
In the meantime, however, the “wild” disease, which before the introduction of the vaccine occurred in frequent epidemics and continually caused deaths and permanent handicaps, has completely disappeared, with enormous benefits for humanity.
However, once the researchers discovered the link between the very rare cases of polio and the oral vaccine, they immediately went back to making the polio vaccine prepared with the killed virus (Salk).
However, after the first two doses of Salk, the child is now protected against the possibility of contracting polio from Sabin and this can therefore be used to complete the vaccination schedule.