In light of the recent increases in Whooping Cough and the alarming rise in deaths this year, does the debate of vaccines need to be addressed again.
How safe is it to have a vaccine during pregnancy? and how does parents decision to refuse vaccinating there babies affect the number of cases?
The ultimate question is -Should vaccines be made mandatory? Would this save lifes?
I can totally understand the need for reassurance where vaccinating during pregnancy is concerned. Think back to the anti-sickness jab given in the 60’s which caused birth defects.
Worrying I know but the NHS website assures you that it is safe and if anything will help protect your baby in the first few weeks after birth before they have the Whooping Cough jab. I think it is really important that if you do have any worries that you do ask as many questions to your mid-wife and doctor.
I did that very thing when it came to Snoop’s MMR vaccine.
I had read a book and heard from a few friends who have nephews and nieces that aren’t vaccinated and quiet naturally my curiosity was roused.
The book I read was The Truth about Children’s Health by Robert Bernardini, M.S.
I have to say on reading the chapter on vaccines, the content was quiet scary. I am talking about the language they used and the emotions they were trying to evoke in the reader.
In the space of 1 hour -the length of time it took to read the chapter, I had switched from being fine with vaccines to OMG.
This prompted me to speak to my doctor.
The first question she asked was how old the book was?????
It was nearly 10 years old.
She then asked me what hard facts and evidence was in the book???????
Thinking first I realised there was no real hard evidence at all, just anecdotal.
The doctor directed me to a site with an article on vaccine safety.
What I read made sense to me, more so then the book.
I have always believed that to vaccinate your child is to protect them and now I had looked further into it I was sure I was doing the right thing.
Of the millions of children vaccinated I don’t doubt some might have a funny reaction -a fever, crankyness, soreness at the site of the jab -That far out weighed the risk of Snoop getting Mumps or Whooping Cough.
As far as the book is concerned I know they are trying to inform parents but in my opinion they are scare mongering parents and blaming all of society’s issues on bad vaccines, from anti-social behavior to the increase in the prison population. It’s all down to vaccines????? I am not so sure.
Millions of children in third world countries are fighting for vaccines while parents in the West turn them down.
You can never ask too many questions so if you are in any doubt your best place to start is asking your doctor.
Do I think vaccines should be mandatory?
No I don’t think they should as it is a parents right to choose.
Do I believe in the vaccines?
Yes of-course I do, and after asking the right questions and looking into the facts I believe I made the right choice to protect my son.
Sally Dixey is a personal trainer with Crossfit London in Bethnal Green