This is such a thorny issue – with two very divided lines of thought on the topic. Both sides have equally persuasive arguments to support their viewpoint which makes it so much harder for parents to know who to believe. Such a dilemma – especially for new parents!
|A little leg just after receiving its 6-in-1|
Below is the Schedule for vaccinations as it currently stands here in Ireland – some people find it a bit harsh to give an 8 week old baby a 6 in 1 vaccination but apparently their little immune systems can already deal with up to a hundred different viruses at any given time.
[I have had to re-post this as Blogger will not recognise table] To see the current schedule of vaccinations please visit immunisation
The most controversial vaccination is the notorious MMR combination – nothing much was ever done to instil parental confidence in the vaccine after its bad press and fears were heightened when private doctors offering the choice of individual vaccines were arrested.
” As a result of the MMR vaccine controversy, vaccination compliance dropped sharply in the United Kingdom after 1996. From late 1999 until the summer of 2000, there was a measles outbreak in North Dublin, Ireland. At the time, the national immunization level had fallen below 80%, and in part of North Dublin the level was around 60%. There were more than 100 hospital admissions from over 300 cases. Three children died and several more were gravely ill, some requiring mechanical ventilation to recover.” [Wikipedia]
Personally, I am in two minds about vaccinations – on one hand, we have had a few unexpected trips to the Accident and Emergency with gashes and cuts and the first question they ask is whether or not the child has had a tetanus shot. I am always relieved to say YES – as it is just one less trauma the little victim has to suffer on that occasion.
When things do go wrong – as here………………
|A standard BCG vaccination – we were told to expect a bit of swelling but this just continued to swell.|
No-one wants to know anything about it! I went to the GP who referred me back to the clinic that administered it. The clinic referred me to my GP and it went on in a repetitive cycle until (thankfully) the matter resolved itself – the problem just disappeared!
|It got worse and every time the child flexed her arm (either at play or eating or watching telly) it would weep blood and thick yellow puss.|
It made me realise how alone the poor parents must feel who claim that a vaccine has caused epilepsy or autism and are just not believed; no-one wants to hear the bad stories – especially the ones who can help – the professionals!
“A vaccine controversy is a dispute over the morality, ethics, effectiveness, or safety of vaccinations. The medical and scientific evidence demonstrates that the benefits of preventing suffering and death from infectious diseases outweigh rare adverse effects of immunisation. Since vaccination began in the late 18th century, opponents have claimed that vaccines do not work, that they are or may be dangerous, that individuals should rely on personal hygiene instead, or that mandatory vaccinations violate individual rights or religious principles. These arguments have succeeded in reducing vaccination rates in certain communities, leading to increased outbreaks of preventable, and sometimes fatal, childhood illnesses.” [Wikipedia]