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Home » Blog & News » Parents Choosing Not To Vaccinate Your Kids? Risks And Responsibilities
The choice not to vaccinate, or to partially vaccinate, is just that, a choice. As a parent, you have the ability to choose whether or not to vaccinate your children. Vaccinations are designed to help the immune system build up a protection against disease. This happens through administering a weakened form of the virus, proteins, or toxins from the organism. There are some people, perhaps those in the anti-vaccination movement, who believe that the administration of any form of the virus, whether it be weakened, or killed, is enough to make you sick. Some believe that the risks of vaccinating do not outweigh the benefits. Of course, many would also argue that vaccinations are the only safe and effective method to protect yourself and others against the risk of infection. Parents are responsible for the health and well-being of their children and it is up to each individual to decide if vaccinating is the right choice. Delaying or refusing to vaccinate your kids creates certain risks and it’s important to know what those risks look like. We’re talking about the risks and responsibilities that come along with the choice not to vaccinate your kids.
The decision to delay vaccination, partially vaccinate, or refuse vaccination completely isn’t one that should be taken lightly. There are many various factors to consider when making the decision not to vaccinate, or to partially vaccinate your child. Two big risks include the medical and social implications of not vaccinating.
There are many medical implications that come along with choosing not to vaccinate your children. Along with the decision not to vaccinate comes the understanding that people around you are at a higher risk of contracting a disease in the case of an outbreak. It is also important for parents of non-vaccinated children to inform any and all medical professionals of the child’s vaccination status first thing. Your child may need to receive distinctive, or out of the ordinary, treatment due to their vaccination status. Also, non-vaccinated pregnant women are more vulnerable to diseases that may cause complications in pregnancy, so be sure to be open and honest with your doctor about whether your family is vaccinated or not.
There are also some social implications that come along with the choice not to vaccinate your kids. It might not be uncommon for other parents, teachers, etc. to ask for your child to be kept home during an outbreak. And if a child does become sick or infected with a contagious disease, they may need to be quarantined until they’ve beaten the infection. The need to keep your child separate during an outbreak or infection has the potential to create a feeling of exclusion in a child, a feeling of isolation from his or her peers. When compared to vaccinated kids, non-vaccinated children generally end up missing more school and events during an outbreak.
An anti-vaxxer is anyone who is opposed to vaccination, more specifically referring to a parent who has chosen not to vaccinate their children. Aside from being diligent about informing health professionals of your child’s vaccination status, there are many other responsibilities of parents in the anti-vaccination movement.
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