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Will Daycare Make Me Get My Child Vaccinated
I am considering a daycare for my daughter that accepts children who aren't vaccinated. My child is up to date on all shots. Would she be fine in this environment?
No; get the vaccines: Since modern vaccines have been available, hundreds of thousands of children have been saved by vaccines. Everything in life has its risks, but the risk in a vaccine is miniscule compared to the risk of the bad diseases. So, to live together equitably in our society, every child takes the miniscule risks of vaccines, and every child has an equal opportunity to enjoy a healthy life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably yes: A child who is exposed to diarrhea at daycare, will probably get sick because kids at daycare tend to pass germs to one another every day. If the child has protection against the diarrhea, either from having a vaccine (against that exact germ), or from having had the diarrhea illness (caused by the same exact germ) in the past, then the child may get just a mild illness or no illness at all. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If my child and I got exposed to strep throat in the daycare, how likely are we to get it within a week?
I was told today there is a child in my 2 yrs old daycare group whose brother has chicken pox. How likely it is for my toddler to get chicken pox?
People move around: Americans are a very mobile people. We travel to many places in our lifetimes. Also, tourists and workers from all over the world come to our communities. Thus, children should be vaccinated for serious and/or very contagious diseases, even if such diseases are not here at the moment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but . . .: This is a free country, so unless there is a major epidemic, people may choose to not get vaccines. However, all children are expected to be vaccinated because they can be harmed or killed by diseases, their diseases can infect other people living next door, the diseases are easily preventable, and since america is an equitable society, all children must share in the minuscule risks of vaccines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was vaccinated against tetanus as a child, than restarted my series Mar. 2015. 2nd shot Apr. Not yet 3rd. Am I protected if I get cut? Is 2/3 safe?
Deadly choice : Vaccines prevent illness ; death.In spite of the misinformation put out by vaccine haters, they are safe ; effective. Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90's to over 30000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants ; children.This has resulted in >; 30 preventable deaths, primarily in kids. ...Read more
Yes: Vaccines have decreased illness rates dramatically, but there are some people who don't respond to vaccines and are still susceptible. This is one reason that a large percentage of the population needs to be immunized to make a dent in the transmission of a disease. Herd immunity protects if the immunizations aren't effective. (if others in the herd don't have mumps, you won't get mumps.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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