According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control in the United States, more than half of the child population in the country was given flu shots in 2012. Although CDC officials claim that the number has improved compared with that of 2011, a shade above 50 percent is still a low number.
In an effort to keep children protected, many vaccine developers have found new ways to administer flu vaccines:
Just as the name suggests, the flu vaccine is administered via a nasal spray. This type of flu vaccine is virtually painless, making it a great option for children who have a phobia of needles.
There used to be a time when children with egg allergies could not be vaccinated because eggs were a component of flu vaccines. This is no longer the case as vaccine developers have found a way to create egg-free flu vaccines.
Although flu vaccines do not guarantee an impenetrable defense against the flu, studies have shown that people who have had their shots and came down with the flu after that had only very mild symptoms and were able to recover faster than people who were not vaccinated. As the temperatures begin to drop, keep your child protected by having him or her vaccinated at an accredited pediatric clinic.
Before the creation of the MMR vaccine in 1988, measles, mumps, and rubella were common diseases throughout the world. All three diseases were highly contagious and had the ability to develop fatal complications such as meningitis and encephalitis.
Thanks to the MMR vaccine, cases of measles, mumps, and rubella began to drop worldwide. However, just as the vaccine was close to eliminating the diseases, a study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield claiming a relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism in children was published. This sparked a massive controversy as many parents decided to skip immunization shots for their children altogether.
In an effort to confirm the results of Wakefield’s study, many researchers followed Wakefield’s process in an attempt to reproduce his results. Curiously, not a single researcher was able to reproduce Wakefield’s results. This led to a thorough investigation, which revealed that Wakefield had manipulated his study to get the results he wanted.
Although doctors, scientific experts, medical journals, and Wakefield’s colleagues have already disproved the findings of Wakefield’s “study”, many parents still refuse to have their children vaccinated for MMR.
While doctors have acknowledged that the MMR vaccine can still allow children to contract any of the three diseases, the chances of it happening are extremely lower in those who were immunized than in those who weren’t. In the rare case that a person who has gotten the MMR vaccine contracts any of the diseases, the severity will be significantly less, allowing patients to recover much faster.