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Immunisation: both sides of the story
For decades, debate has raged over the topic of child immunisation. Invented as a treatment to increase the body’s ability to fight-off certain threatening diseases, from it’s inception, immunisation has created waves in the child healthcare sector, with many mums divided over what to do. Here, we weigh up both sides of this highly controversial issue…
Many people are anxious about child vaccination for fear of harmful side effects. Adverse reactions to immunisation can and do occur, but overall the risk is exceptionally small. The chance of developing encephalitis as a side effect of measles immunisation is about one in a million.
The opposing side of the immunisation debate argue that vaccination can be dangerous, leading to disability, infection and brain damage – however pro-immunisation parents and doctors disagree, arguing that the risk of these dangers is far less than the risk of brain damage and disability that can occur as a result of opting not to immunise.
Lack of information
A lack of proper information in the past on immunisation has lead doctors to be extremely cautious, however new evidence from over a decade of ground-breaking research has now disproved many early concerns over immunisation, including proving it to be false that a mild pre-existing infection could interfere with vaccination treatment.
Many parents on the opposing side of the immunisation debate favour homeopathic alternatives to traditional medicine, suggesting that this approach is far less dangerous to the child. However the growing community of parents and health professionals supporting child vaccination argue that parents who chose this alternate route are putting their child’s lives at risk. Immunisation saves hundreds of lives in Australia every year.
For more information and to help you decide if immunisation is right for your child, consult your GP.