Parents Should Make Sure Children Get Their Shots, ASAP

Author: Beth Bahr

Parents should make sure children get their shots, ASAP

As a parent, your child's health and safety should be one of your top priorities. One of the ways you can ensure his well-being is to give him all of the immunizations that pediatric medical professionals typically recommend, as soon as possible.

Some mothers and fathers may have concerns about certain early immunizations, which are sometimes referred to as "booster shots." They may think that delaying these injections is more beneficial to their child's health than getting them taken care of at the youngest age recommended by pediatricians, or they may want to cater to a youngster's common - and fairly understandable - fear of the doctor's needle.

However, it is widely regarded among experts in pediatric care that the earliest doses of these vaccines are the most effective doses. For infectious diseases such as whooping cough, which are extremely dangerous if contracted but can be easily prevented with immunization, this is particularly emphasized, as is the case with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and even the shots given to prevent chicken pox.

In addition to cases of parents disavowing vaccination due to an adherence to religious beliefs, other reasons for delaying shots include beliefs of dangers inherent in certain vaccines, such as an increased likelihood of developing autism spectrum disorders. A significant portion of the pediatric medical community has debunked this belief due to conclusive studies, but the belief holds fast for some nonetheless.

In the end, no doctor or nurse can make medical decisions for your own children regarding this topic - that is your responsibility alone as a parent. If you do choose to avoid vaccinating them, you must safeguard your children's health with the utmost care.

Conversely, if you're considering delaying a shot, you should consult your doctor - perhaps seeking out a second opinion if possible - to determine the best course of action. Your children are of the utmost importance to you, and you must treat them accordingly.

Do you think vaccinations will be helpful or harmful to your youngsters? 

In Brief

  • As a parent, your child's health and safety should be one of your top priorities.

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