Vaccination is a very charged topic, and since vaccinations are mandated in one form or another for school attendance, it is a good idea to address the issue. Since we as parents are faced with what is, by and large, a compulsory vaccine schedule, it is important to be well-informed of any and all options available. Vaccination is a serious issue, and parents often ask, “Should I vaccinate my child?”
Georgia’s vaccination requirements are strict and require children starting at daycare to have vaccinations. However, all 50 states allow for medical exemptions. The two most common reasons for medical exemptions are:
Georgia, along with 46 other states, allows for exemptions due to religious reasons. However, some authorities try to exclude children using a religious exemption from attending certain school events. Seventeen states allow for a philosophical exemption in addition to religious and medical exemption; however, Georgia only allows the religious and medical.
Many people have concerns about vaccinating their children and are unsure of what to do. This issue cannot be resolved in a short blog, but we can outline some salient points. All medications—including vaccines—have inherent risks. The U.S. Government has determined that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe” and, as a result, has set up a program whereby the parents of vaccine damaged or killed children can apply for compensation. Due to an act of Congress, the vaccine manufacturers themselves have been completely immune from lawsuits since 1987.
There is substantial concern within certain precincts of the medical community that injecting infants with vaccines containing substances such as aluminum and formaldehyde, which might cause severe and perhaps irreversible damage to days-old nervous systems.
With the eradication of mild childhood, infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, chicken pox, Rubella, and whooping cough, many have been convinced that whatever risks vaccines might pose is out-weighed by their benefits. There may be some validity to that belief, but, at the same time, it is interesting to note that fatalities from these diseases remained unchanged from before the introduction of the vaccines. That is to say that introducing the measles vaccine, for example, did not diminish the mortality rate of those infected by measles since; by 1960, the mortality rate for measles was near zero, which is largely due to the spread of sanitation, decent housing, and access to clean food and water.
Vaccinating or not vaccinating your children is a major decision—one that deserves careful thought. At the end of the day, it’s a decision; be well-informed when choosing whether or not vaccination is what you want to do. Stay tuned to Krieger Health Solution’s social media—Facebook and Twitter—and our upcoming events page to learn the date of our upcoming seminar on vaccinations.
If you’d like to learn more about this topic or how chiropractic care can make a profound difference in the health of your children or you, contact Krieger Health Solutions at 770-993-4425 or email Dr. Charles Krieger at firstname.lastname@example.org.