“Getting injected with a disease? No thanks!” People who don’t want to get vaccinated frequently say this. The truth is, who would accept an injection to get sick?
But vaccines are not the injection of a disease. Actually, vaccines are “the teachers of the body,” because they teach it to fend off viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, many of them fatal.
Alarming side effects occur very rarely. So, because the idea is to stay healthy, we’ll start with the safest of all vaccines: “reliable information”.
First dose. What are vaccines?
We begin our vaccination schedule with a first dose of immunization. The best part? It does not hurt.
What vaccines ARE:
- Vaccines strengthen the immune system.
- They contain viruses or bacteria in a very small and safe amount
- Vaccines teach the body to defend itself against future infections.
- Vaccines do prevent diseases.
What vaccines are NOT:
- They are not an injectable disease.
- Do not cause diseases.
- They do not cure diseases.
Children are vaccinated at birth and complete their vaccinations when they turn about 60. For more details, check vaccination guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Second dose. Can vaccines do harm?
Vaccines, just like medication, can cause side effects. With vaccines, usually we talk about a little discomfort in the injection site or a mild fever.
Although these cases are very rare, there can be serious side effects:
- High fever.
- Weakness and behavioral changes.
- Allergic reactions like rash, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, or dizziness.
Should these or any other unusual reactions occur, contact your doctor immediately.
Vaccines undergo multiple tests before being administered to the population and they are kept under strict monitoring. Parents and the general public are also invited to communicate any undesirable reaction to vaccines by using the Vaccines Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS).
The important thing is to always remember that there are many more advantages to getting vaccinated against diseases such as polio, tetanus or diphtheria.
Third dose. Vaccines do not cause autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorders are usually diagnosed during the first years of life, a period that coincides with the administration of most vaccines. Hence many think, through baseless judgment, that vaccines were the cause of this condition. However, this theory has never been proved. On the other hand, all studies show that there is no link between vaccines and autism.
Reinforcement. Why are vaccines important?
Vaccines help protect us against diseases that can have very serious consequences, even death.
Incentives to get vaccinated include the facts that:
- Vaccines save lives because they provide protection.
- Vaccines have eradicated disabling diseases such as polio.
- The benefits of vaccines vastly outweigh the risks.
- Allergic reactions are very rare.
Even after learning about the benefits of vaccination, some parents choose not to vaccinate their children. Many do so because of religious reasons. In other cases, such as patients with weakened immune systems, you can obtain an exemption because of medical reasons. In both scenarios, the Puerto Rican law protects them.
We recommend you talk to your primary care physician or pediatrician and ask any questions you may have on this subject. Because health will always be the most important thing, subscribe here and get more information to live better.