We don't like telling parents what to do — we like to show you what others have been doing or what experts are saying. We're a guide that hopefully can help you discover your parenting style. But there is one thing we feel that parents must do: vaccinate their kids.
The global medical community led by the World Health Organization (WHO) assures you that the vaccines you see in your child's yearly immunization chart are safe; the advantages definitely outweigh the risks. These vaccines have been rigorously tested across multiple phases of trials before it is approved for use, and it is regularly reassessed once it is on the market.
If there is any decision to be made for your child not to get his shots, we implore you to make it with your doctor. Without the necessary immunization, you leave not just your child vulnerable to preventable diseases for his whole life lives, but the rest of your family's community as well.
This sign at a doctor's office in the U.S. perfectly illustrates the domino effect of refusing to vaccinate children. It had been written by the Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters (NRVS), a group of parents, teachers, and doctors who believe vaccination is a community issue that can save lives.
The sign, shared on Facebook by a biological anthropologist named Sunni Mariah (she wrote about the sign: "throwing some serious shade"), reads:
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When your daughter gets rubella when pregnant, how are you going to explain to her that you chose to leave her at risk?
Contracting rubella or German measles while pregnant can lead to miscarriage, pre-term birth or stillbirth. The baby can also develop Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), which can cause congenital disabilities and developmental problems such as deafness, eye defects, and heart malformations.
What will you say when she calls and tells you she has cervical cancer because you decided she wouldn't need the HPV vaccine?
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract in women (and men). The HPV vaccine does not only protect against HPV-related cancer for life but from genital warts, which can develop into cancer in 10 to 30 years'time.
What do you tell your son when he breaks the news to you that he cannot have kids, thanks to the mumps that he got as a teenager?
Mumps is highly contagious, but it is easily preventable by getting the vaccine. Getting infected by mumps can lead to inflammation of the brain and other organs. In teenage and adult males, having mumps can cause orchitis, the swelling of the testicle, which may affect a man's ability to procreate.
And what do you say when he gives influenza to his grandma? How do you explain that she won't be coming home from the hospital? Not ever.
Influenza of the flu is a respiratory disease that can infect the nose, throat, and lungs. While its effects can be mild to severe with a lot of serious complications, it is highly contagious. One infected person puts younger children and senior citizens at risk, so everyone should get the yearly updated vaccine.
Do you tell them that you didn't think these diseases were that serious? That you though your organic, home cooked food was enough to protect them? Do you say sorry?
With the controversies surrounding some vaccines, such as the dengue vaccine and MMR vaccine (which does not cause autism!), not having your children immunized should always be upon the advice of your doctor. If you miss one vaccine dosage, you don't have to start over; it's also not an excuse not to complete the doses.
There are a total of 13 recommended vaccinations (not including the dengue vaccine) on the 2018 childhood immunization schedule for Filipino children, ages 0 to 18 years old. Prevention is always better than cure. If there is a way that you could prevent your kids from getting sick, wouldn't you want to give it to them?