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If i choose not to vaccinate my child against the measles, am i really putting them at risk? i think it would be better to risk my son getting measles than taking the chance that the vaccine itself could damage his health somehow.

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Jeu
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Measles : Measles is not always a minor childhood infection. It can cause your child serious health problems and is very contagious. This places other children and families at risk. I think that your son should get the immunization for measles.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Measles vaccine: It is better 2 have ur child vaccinated against measles than risking the disease. The disease is bad. U could have one sick child on ur hands and the risk of complications from the disease are jsut as high if not higher withthe disease.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Vaccinate!: There are many strong opinions about whether or not to vaccinate. People cite religious, safety, or other reasons. To a certain extent, most of the population will be protected by the fact that "everybody else" is vaccinated. That argument will only last so long until you or your child get a preventable disease. The wise choice is to take advantage of all offered and recommended vaccinations.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Do you feel lucky?: A long history of tracking the disease has demonstrated that approximately 1 out 2000 cases will suffer a potentially life threatening consequence such as pneumonia or encephalitis. Is it the worth the risk?And in 40-50 years the vaccine has not been shown to have these side effects.Seems like the vaccine is a slam dunk decision.

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