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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?
Chicken pox: Not very. Especially if your child received the chicken pox vaccine. Even without, the liklihood of the illness being transmitted to your child through a classmates brother is very very low. ...Read more
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
I had my child vaccinated up to a year old then became skeptical. Is there a way you can help me feel unskeptical? I want to get him vaccinated
Delusional thought: The suspicion about vaccines predates the founding of our country.Ben franklin, knowledgeable & articulate, resisted that new smallpox vaccination.In his memoirs he expressed regrets after loosing a son to smallpox.Move the clock forward to today & some will always resist truth & many babies will die or be injured for their folly.The success of vaccines has left many people ignorant to the danger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
!4 year old--Minor: Legally, a 14 year old need not be asked permission for vaccination. Of course, information, explanation and warning should be given to them. The parent can make this decision. Emancipated minors' definition in US may be different in Canada. Not familiar with that. Please check with your doctor. ...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
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
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