This is another article attempting to convince the reader about the merits of being vaccinated and doing that on the recommended schedule. Vaccines have saved millions of lives in their short lifetime, and in my estimation is one of the biggest breakthroughs for humankind. As pediatricians, we want all children to be protected from every possible disease, and it saddens us to see parents refuse vaccines for their kids.
In their article, The Clinician's Guide to the Anti-Vaccinationists' Galaxy, published online in the journal Human Immunology, Gregory Poland, MD, Mayo Clinic vaccinologist, and Mayo pediatrician Robert Jacobson, MD, May Clinic pediatrician, review the three immunity-related misconceptions that they say "fuel patient and parental concerns, questions and fears about vaccines."
Those myths are:
- Babies' systems aren't ready for the number of vaccines given today
- Vaccines can cause autoimmune diseases
- Natural immunity is safer and better
The article also includes background on the anti-vaccine movement and outlines the harm it has done by spreading inaccurate information.
I do believe that parents have that choice, and must do what they feel is best for their kids, even if it differs from my strong beliefs in vaccines. Please take the time to get the facts and ask questions!