16 doctors weighed in:
Can you please tell me why it'ssuddenly dangerous to give an infant cold medicine, yet safe to pump them full of vaccines?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Very different
Vaccines allow the immune system to build up a natural protection against certain infections to avoid getting sick in the first place.
Benefits:great.Risks: small. Because of routine vaccinations, it is uncommon to hear of a child dying of childhood illnesses; a few generations back, it was all too common. Cold medicines only treat symptoms and can have side effects. Risks can outweigh benefits.

In brief: Very different
Vaccines allow the immune system to build up a natural protection against certain infections to avoid getting sick in the first place.
Benefits:great.Risks: small. Because of routine vaccinations, it is uncommon to hear of a child dying of childhood illnesses; a few generations back, it was all too common. Cold medicines only treat symptoms and can have side effects. Risks can outweigh benefits.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Scott Katz
The problem with cold medicines and young children was that the medicines didn't significantly help the symptoms of the common cold. Some parents would give larger doses, thinking they weren't giving enough, and overdose their child. This did result in several deaths.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Efficacy and Safety
The nature of your question suggest a negative opinion about vaccines.
These have a proven track record of safety and saving millions of people death and suffering. Note the word proven! otc cold medicines cure absolutely nothing and have been shown to be dangerous[there is zero equivalence to your attempts to make these issues comparable.Pediatricians have attempted to control otc meds for years.

In brief: Efficacy and Safety
The nature of your question suggest a negative opinion about vaccines.
These have a proven track record of safety and saving millions of people death and suffering. Note the word proven! otc cold medicines cure absolutely nothing and have been shown to be dangerous[there is zero equivalence to your attempts to make these issues comparable.Pediatricians have attempted to control otc meds for years.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
Thank
Dr. Henry Rascoff
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Distinction
cold medicines are not a cure for any condition in any age group.
furthermore, they can have serious side effects, particularly in children under age 4 years. that is why they're not recommended in this group. on the other hand, vaccines prevent very serious and even deadly disease in those who receive them, and even in other individuals in society ( so-called herd immunity) while being very safe

In brief: Distinction
cold medicines are not a cure for any condition in any age group.
furthermore, they can have serious side effects, particularly in children under age 4 years. that is why they're not recommended in this group. on the other hand, vaccines prevent very serious and even deadly disease in those who receive them, and even in other individuals in society ( so-called herd immunity) while being very safe
Dr. Henry Rascoff
Dr. Henry Rascoff
Thank
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: We use what works
Cold medicines were well thought of for a long time, but research showed they did little.
When they studied the ER visits for toxic overdoses they found many kids self treated to the point of danger.SInce it did little good & sometimes harm,use became discouraged. If you want to understand why vaccines,walk through an old cemetery & view all the little headstones.Vaccines save life,cold meds do not

In brief: We use what works
Cold medicines were well thought of for a long time, but research showed they did little.
When they studied the ER visits for toxic overdoses they found many kids self treated to the point of danger.SInce it did little good & sometimes harm,use became discouraged. If you want to understand why vaccines,walk through an old cemetery & view all the little headstones.Vaccines save life,cold meds do not
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
32 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors