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Why do I have to vaccinate my child?

20 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree

In brief: To save their life

Prior to vaccinations, thousands of children died each year from infections.
Vaccines were developed to enable children (and adults) to develop protection against these illnesses. Except for smallpox, all of the vaccine-preventable diseases are still present somewhere. All it takes is for an unimmunized child to come in contact with someone with the disease to contract that illness.

In brief: To save their life

Prior to vaccinations, thousands of children died each year from infections.
Vaccines were developed to enable children (and adults) to develop protection against these illnesses. Except for smallpox, all of the vaccine-preventable diseases are still present somewhere. All it takes is for an unimmunized child to come in contact with someone with the disease to contract that illness.
Dr. Mark Patterson
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Why Gamble?

Immunizations may be the single safest, most effective heath intervention produced in the last 100 years.
They are proven to be 99% effective, safe and have saved literally millions of children's lives. A caring, educated parent immunizes.

In brief: Why Gamble?

Immunizations may be the single safest, most effective heath intervention produced in the last 100 years.
They are proven to be 99% effective, safe and have saved literally millions of children's lives. A caring, educated parent immunizes.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many reasons . . .

Because getting immunity from a tiny shot is better than suffering paralyzing polio.
Because we're all in this world together, it is unethical for some people to benefit from others' getting vaccinated, while they themselves don't get vaccinated. It's a small planet, so everybody takes the minuscule risks from vaccines, and everybody enjoys herd immunity and the benefits of a healthy population.

In brief: Many reasons . . .

Because getting immunity from a tiny shot is better than suffering paralyzing polio.
Because we're all in this world together, it is unethical for some people to benefit from others' getting vaccinated, while they themselves don't get vaccinated. It's a small planet, so everybody takes the minuscule risks from vaccines, and everybody enjoys herd immunity and the benefits of a healthy population.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Christopher Breen
General Practice
4 doctors agree

In brief: Please vaccinate

Vaccines are extremely important for children.
Recently, diseases like pertussis, mumps, measles, and diphtheria have been on the rise in our country because children are not being vaccinated. Pertussis and diphtheria are extremely deadly and mumps can cause infertility it males later in life. In order to keep these diseases at bay vaccinations need to be given.

In brief: Please vaccinate

Vaccines are extremely important for children.
Recently, diseases like pertussis, mumps, measles, and diphtheria have been on the rise in our country because children are not being vaccinated. Pertussis and diphtheria are extremely deadly and mumps can cause infertility it males later in life. In order to keep these diseases at bay vaccinations need to be given.
Christopher Breen
Christopher Breen
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2 comments
Dr. Michael Mirochna
It's hard to say we need to vaccinate against diseases we don't see anymore, but that's the reason we don't see them anymore!
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Having seen children die from each & every vaccine- preventable illness except HPV, I agree most wholeheartedly.
Dr. Michael Mirochna
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Its the law

We are both blessed and cursed by how well vaccination programs have worked.
We no longer see most of the diseases we vaccinate for. Most doctors now couldn't diagnose some of those diseases because we have never seen them. The reason you have to vaccinate is that one of the strong points of vaccination is herd immunity. The more people immunized, the less likely of a bug making the rounds.

In brief: Its the law

We are both blessed and cursed by how well vaccination programs have worked.
We no longer see most of the diseases we vaccinate for. Most doctors now couldn't diagnose some of those diseases because we have never seen them. The reason you have to vaccinate is that one of the strong points of vaccination is herd immunity. The more people immunized, the less likely of a bug making the rounds.
Dr. Michael Mirochna
Dr. Michael Mirochna
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Avoid faulty idea

Many assume that since everyone else got theirs you don't need to worry about your kids.
Wrong! We lost 40 infants last year to whooping cough with that reasoning when we lost none/yr in the 90's.As long as we have international air travel, someone incubating a disease can arrive from anywhere in the world and bring it to your mall or supermarket the next day.

In brief: Avoid faulty idea

Many assume that since everyone else got theirs you don't need to worry about your kids.
Wrong! We lost 40 infants last year to whooping cough with that reasoning when we lost none/yr in the 90's.As long as we have international air travel, someone incubating a disease can arrive from anywhere in the world and bring it to your mall or supermarket the next day.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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