If you’ve just gotten to the internet in the past five minutes, you may not have noticed that vaccines are somewhat of a controversial subject.
Immunizations are one of the greatest (if not the greatest) advancement of the past century or so, saving millions from now-preventable diseases and eradicating some of the biggest killers in human history. But as memory of childhood deaths from smallpox fade from modern consciousness, so too does the drive to continue vaccinating children according to the vaccine schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)
A recent survey of parents across the United States revealed that 10% do not vaccinate in accordance with the recommended timeline, opting for deferred vaccination or declining some of the vaccines recommended by the CDC. Only 2% of parents opt not to vaccinate children at all, the survey revealed.
Vaccine researcher Dr. Paul Offit was interviewed in relation to the survey’s results and reiterated that not only were vaccines generally safe, but that there was no benefit to delaying a vaccine and that the practice is not known to prevent the rare side effects that stem from vaccines.
… 81 percent of parents who skipped or delayed vaccines did not “agree” with the fact that leaving children unvaccinated puts them and their community at risk for disease.
“That’s wrong,” Offit said. “Those decisions are being made not only on false beliefs on vaccine safety, but also false believes on contagious disease and transmission.” He added that the vaccination schedule was developed out of safety data from the clinical trials of vaccines.
Researchers say that decreasing experience with the diseases vaccinated against coupled with a heightened perception of vaccine danger is causing the trend of vaccine rejection. But the experts also advise against doctors “firing” non-compliant families from their practices.