Safety of Childhood vaccinations
Are Childhood vaccinations safe?
Vaccines are known to save lives and provide protection against the spread of diseases; preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Vaccines are safe and they work. They have kept children healthy and saved millions of lives for the last 50 years (Largent 2012). Generally, vaccines are necessary in many parts of the world since vaccine preventable diseases are still widespread. Diseases can be spread by various means from one person to another. Therefore it is important that children be vaccinated at an early age so as to prevent them from contracting some of these diseases. Those parents who do not immunize their children are actually putting them at risk of catching a dangerous or deadly disease. Getting a vaccination is better than contracting the disease since childhood vaccination is a safe method (American Medical Association 2000).
Childhood vaccination is safe in the sense that vaccines are first made to undergo a test by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This organization cannot let a vaccine to be administered unless it has been proved to be safe and can work well in the children. This is followed by nationwide monitoring systems by the health officials for reports of any dangerous or new side effects.
Vaccines are safe;this is because experts from different medical institutions including American Academy of Pediatrics, World Health organization and the Institute of Medicine have reached a consensus that vaccines are safer than vitamins (American Medical Association 2000). Hundreds of people participate in clinical trials to test the safety and working of a vaccine before it is approved and licensed by the Food and Drug Administration. Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS) is then used after it has been licensedto track any form of health effects. Thismonitoring actually gives clear evidence...