To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate? It's a widely debated topic and from the offset, I wish to make clear that I am neither pro- nor anti-vaccinations. My standpoint will always be for the betterment of my patients and helping them to make the most accurate and informed decision regarding what is right for them. Immediately, I wish to strengthen this with the rhetoric – “All parents wish to do what is 100% right for their precious child(ren); no sane parent would consciously choose to do something harmful to their child and their child’s future.”
So when it comes to vaccinations there are a few major points of conversation that I feel need to be addressed:
- You are always making “the better of two evils” choice so make sure you have studied, researched and weighed up both sides correctly.
- Until such time as it is a legal requirement (and I personally hope this never happens constitutionally), it will always be the parent’s decision on which vaccination, when, how much, how often (what vaccine schedule to follow), how many diseases are vaccinated in one and how the vaccination is administered.
- Only choose the vaccinations for those diseases where your child will most certainly (100% chance or greatest likelihood) either be maimed or die from. This will automatically clear many diseases off the list.
- Consider the likelihood of a negative consequence of the disease against the likelihood of a negative consequence of the vaccination. For example, the likelihood of sterility for boys from mumps is smaller than the likelihood of getting a neurological condition from the vaccination.
- There is no vaccination that gives 100% immunity to the condition vaccinated for, therefore your child may still get the condition for which he/she was vaccinated for.
- Vaccinations are a huge stress to the developing body and immune system; make sure that you are consciously and constantly working towards improving your child’s immunity through the right lifestyle choices. This will maximise the chance of a good immunisation (the person becoming immune to the disease vaccinated for).
- Do not vaccinate your child if they are or have (within the last month) had any form of immune compromise or challenge including “runny nose, common cold and flu”. Research has shown that this is where many of the negative impacts of vaccinations occur and the efficacy of immunisation becomes less and less.
- Do not buy into the emotional sensationalism on both sides of the argument. It is as unlikely to prove that unvaccinated children spread disease as much as it is unlikely to prove long-term consequences of diseases and vaccinations.
- Children with well developing immune systems should be able to overcome many if not all of the conditions vaccinated for with minimal negative effects as long as immediate and correct care is given.
My intentions and approach will always be to promote the development of the immune system and the choices associated with that.