Vaccinating your Child

9-Vaccinations-Your-Child-Needs-for-School Vaccinations are conversational these days. Some parents believe children who attend school should be vaccinated while others do not. Depending on your beliefs, it is important to know that while vaccination are typically designed to protect children from harmful illnesses and diseases, they do come with side effects for some people whether healthy or unhealthy. Regardless, vaccination should remain a freedom of choice.    

What are the common vaccinations recommended for children attending school?

The recommended vaccinations that are most required to begin school are Polio, Tetanus, DTaP, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Chickenpox. On top of those vaccinations doctors and schools are also asking parents to vaccinate their children against are whooping cough, HPV, and meningitis. The good news for those who are against vaccinations is that most states do not require children to get vaccinations to begin school.

How can you opt out of vaccinations and still have your child attend school?

Most parents believe if they opt out of vaccinating their children, they will not be able to attend school. However, this belief is a myth. In most states, parents can request a medical waiver from their MD. Unfortunately, the medical waiver is the only thing that can allow your children to skip out on the vaccinations and still attend school. If you for some reason cannot get this waiver, you will either need to find an MD who will sign off or start homeschooling your children.  

What are the advantages and disadvantages of vaccinations?

For those who decide to vaccinate their children before school starts, it is wise to keep in mind that side effects can occur from vaccinations such as:
  • Allergic reactions
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Illness
  • Autism
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Learning disabilities
With that said, those side effects alone are reasons why some parents opt out of vaccinating their children. The benefit your children can receive from vaccinations if you decide it is best is protection from certain infectious diseases if any were to breakout in your community.  

Bottom Line

Shots or no shots come with risks. Whatever you decide needs to be the best choice for you and your family. After all, there is no wrong or right decision with vaccinations. They are provided to communities as an option for protection against illnesses that could potentially infect a community. It is however hard to say if any potentially infectious disease ever would, but many who go without vaccinations live long and healthy lives.  
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