It is impossible to know how much your child will benefit from a vaccine. Exposure to disease is not something that can be measured, and you will never know how many times in their lifetime your child is exposed to a disease and protected by their vaccine. Research shows that vaccinations have saved millions of lives. In the United States, diseases such as measles, diphtheria, smallpox, mumps, and polio have almost completely been eradicated since the introduction of vaccines.
Even though these diseases are no longer a common threat, doctors say it is still important for children in the United States to receive the vaccine. Serious disease is still a threat to children in other countries, and traveling internationally without the protection of vaccinations can be very dangerous. Children who never have or never will travel internationally are still protected by their vaccines when they are around other individuals who have traveled abroad and been exposed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone over the age of six months old to receive some form of the influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 flu season. However, there are some rare cases, according to the CDC, where the Influenza vaccine is not recommended. This includes:
- Children younger than six months
- People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine, including gelatin, antibiotics, or another ingredients.
The CDC also recommends that if you are planning on getting the influenza vaccine that you receive the injectable version. These include the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season, as it has been determined to be ineffective.
At Urban & Taylor, S.C., we’re committed to informing U.S. citizens about the invisible dangers of regular, routine vaccinations that are advertised as being safe 100% of the time. The truth is that our safety is never guaranteed when we receive a vaccination– even for one as routine as a flu shot.
One of the most dangerous vaccine injuries and conditions is caused by the flu shot, in fact. This condition is called Guillain Barré Syndrome, and while rare, it can lead to major implications and lifelong debilitating consequences. Here’s everything you need to know about Guillain Barré Syndrome.