When was the last time you saw a kid with diptheria, tetanus, polio, mumps or rubella? Do you even know what they are and what they do to your little ones? This is the sad reality we face as doctors!
Vaccinations are just a routine part of growing up which sadly some parents have become complacent towards. I think as a GP one of the most challenging conversations we have is with parents who have reservations about vaccinating there kids.
These reservations are often well meaning but not well founded and most have read a fair bit about why they should or shouldnt vaccinate their children. There are many questionable sites, articles and youtube videos that propogate the following messages
- Vaccines especially measles, mumps and rubella cause autism
- Vaccine ingredients (eg the myth that they contain mercury) are going to cause harm
- Vaccines are a form of population control used by the wealthy against the poor
- Vaccines are not necessary, they are just a profit making machine for wealthy drug companies
- Vaccines are not necessary, if good hygeine is used.
- Vaccines are not necessary, there is nothing better than the immune system learning to fight off disease on its own.
While the above reasons may be well intentioned (which parent wants to deliberately harm their child) they have no substance or evidence to them. Time and time again, study after study has proven that vaccines are safe and effective in preventing disease.
While GP’s often respect a parents wishes (it does sadden my heart, that kids are being put at risk of terrible diseases especially when kids get diagnosed with a condition that could have been prevented).
I encourage everyone to make sure their kids are immunised and their immunisations are up to date. If you have concerns or queries about vaccines, please do not hesitate to speak to your family doctor about them.
Click here to view the NSW Immunisation Schedule.
The advice provided on healthykid.com.au is of a general nature and in no way should replace your therapeutic relationship with your doctor