Childhood vaccinations. Benefits of vaccination for children

Childhood vaccinations. Benefits of vaccination for children

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What is the real importance of childhood vaccination in today's society and in different countries of the world. The pediatric Carlos Gonzalez is a leading advocate for parenting babies and children with attachment and a known expert on breastfeeding. In his latest book that is titled In defense of vaccination. Protect your child's health, explains with arguments why should we vaccinate children.

What would you say to parents who are wondering whether or not to vaccinate their baby?
That they vaccinate him, without any kind of doubts. Following the official vaccination schedule without any delay, because it is the best for your child.

Why is it good to vaccinate the child on an individual level?
To protect you against the various vaccinable diseases.

What can happen in a society that stops vaccinating its children?
Diseases that we have now almost forgotten would return. It has already happened in several countries where vaccination coverage had decreased (mainly due to the propaganda of anti-vaccines). In recent decades there have been epidemics of whooping cough in England, Sweden, Germany and Japan, of measles in the Netherlands and Germany, of diphtheria in Russia and other ex-Soviet countries, to give a few examples. The anti-vaccine lies are not innocent lies; they cause suffering and death.

What are the lies or half truths that drive parents not to vaccinate their children?
There are many, I have had to write a whole book! In general, they say that vaccines do not work and that they are dangerous. More specifically, they insist on attributing certain side effects to vaccines (such as autism, ulcerative colitis or sudden infant death) despite the fact that studies and more studies have shown that there is no relationship, or they assure that they were hygiene and improvements in living standards were those that ended infectious diseases (and, of course, some of those improvements helped to reduce some of those diseases, but others were maintained, such as measles, or increased with improved living standards, such as polio, and recent epidemics in countries where vaccination has declined show that hygiene is not enough to prevent them).

Sometimes the lies are outright; for example, they repeat over and over again that in Japan people are not vaccinated until they are two years old, when in fact they are vaccinated at three months, or that there are vaccines that are applied in Spain and are prohibited in other European countries, when all countries Europeans have vaccination schedules. And many people believe such lies, even though it takes a few seconds on the Internet to find the vaccination schedule for any country.

What bothers you the most about vaccines?
Perhaps they sometimes explain true side effects of vaccines, but exaggerate them to infinity. Problems that happen once in every 100,000 or a million vaccines are explained as the most normal thing in the world. They sow fear so effectively that I have found parents who do vaccinate their children, but feel guilty as if they had done a very dangerous thing. Then those same parents are able to take their child by car, or by train, or to the beach or the pool, things that are objectively more dangerous than vaccinating them, without a second thought.

What do you think of the current Spanish vaccination system with different calendars by autonomous communities? Why are there territorial differences?

Some differences may be justified by the different epidemiological situation in different areas. For example, the hepatitis A vaccine is on the calendar in Ceuta and Melilla, because there the risk of this disease is greater. Other differences are only due to different opinions of doctors, or even politicians. It would be desirable to have a unified calendar which, of course, could include the local exceptions that are deemed necessary.

Currently, are all the vaccines on the calendar essential?
Almost nothing in this life is essential except eating, drinking and breathing. If vaccines were to disappear, we would simply go back to the situation in which our great-grandparents lived. Of course, vaccines that protect against serious and common diseases (that is, we know from experience that they would be common if not vaccinated), such as measles, diphtheria, pertussis, and many others, are more important, while the vaccine against mumps, a usually mild disease, is not so important.

Regarding the health of children who suffer from a chronic disease and are more delicate, is grouping vaccines so much not too much for their immune system?
Each specific disease must be discussed with the pediatrician. Live virus vaccines, such as MMR, may be contraindicated in some very specific cases, such as the acute phase of leukemia or immunosuppressive treatment. But, in general, far from being contraindicated, vaccines are especially important in children with chronic diseases, since they are the most likely to get sick and suffer complications when they get sick. And no, the vaccine pool is not too much for the immune system. Our immune system has to deal with many more antigens every day than those found in vaccines.

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Video: The Importance of Childhood Vaccinations. UPMC HealthBeat (October 2022).