Have you been wondering about whether or not to vaccinate your child and have been searching for a resource that clearly lays out objective, scientifically-based information that illustrates the pros and cons of immunization?
I’ve recently stumbled across a site that is an excellent resource for parents – it’s called the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC).
The following questions were taken from their site and highlight key areas that parents should be contemplating if they are caught in the uncertainty of whether or not to vaccinate.
- Am I or my child sick right now?
- Have I or my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
- Do I or my child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems?
- Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for myself or my child?
- Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects?
- Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction?
- Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations?
- Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice?
If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, and 3, or no to questions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and do not understand the significance of your answer, you may want to review information on NVIC’s website with links to other websites and resources so you can better answer these questions designed to educate consumers about the importance of making fully informed vaccine decisions.