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More Parents Are Refusing Vaccinations

Diane Luke
Senior Editor, TipsHire

Vaccinations Are Refused by More and More Parents, Lately

‘Should I vaccinate my baby or not?’

This is the question that all parents ask from the first days of life of their little ones. Much of them choose not to immunize their babies, and vaccinations are refused by more and more parents, lately.

International official point-of-view on the vaccinations

In France, the parents are forced to vaccinate their children against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, and tetanus. Otherwise, they may even go to court because the non-vaccination against the diseases listed above is framed by the French authorities in the category of ‘ill-treatment of the minor’.

The Guardian presented recently the case of two French parents who came to court after refusing to vaccinate their child. The two are facing two years imprisonment, plus a fine of 30,000 euros for refusing to vaccinate their two kids with the three mandatory vaccines, on the grounds that these vaccines do more harm than good.

In Australia, authorities will no longer provide support to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Until the last year, Australians were able to choose not to make certain vaccines for their children for religious or medical reasons, or to declare on their own responsibility that they oppose vaccination, but they are still receiving childcare allowances.

But according to the new regulations, which came into force since January 2016, parents will no longer receive state aid if they refuse vaccination on their own responsibility.

In Italy, there are four vaccines which are mandatory: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and hepatitis B.

The first vaccine is made at the age of three months.

In Belgium, children can’t enroll in school unless they have made DTP, Hub, anti-polio, hepatitis B, ROR, anti-pneumococcal, and anti-meningococcal vaccines.

In Germany, no vaccine is required. Infants and children are recommended for vaccines, such as DTP, Hib, anti-polio, hepatitis B, anti-varicelic, anti-pneumococcal, and anti-meningococcal. Infants are not vaccinated at birth. Only in high-risk cases, the hepatitis B vaccine recommended at birth.

In Netherlands, no vaccine is required, and the recommended vaccines for infants and young children are anti-polio, Hib, DTP, hepatitis B, and ROR.

The BCG vaccine does not enter in the vaccination scheme, and no vaccine is required at birth.

In Spain, no vaccine is required, and the recommended ones for children are DTP, anti-polio, Hib, hepatitis B, MMR (ROR) and anti-meningococcal. The BCG vaccine does not enter in the vaccination scheme, and no vaccine is required at birth.

In the UK, no vaccine is required, and recommended for children are DTP, anti-polio, Hib, ROR and anti-meningococcal vaccines. The BCG vaccine is recommended at 10-14 years of age, and at birth only in high-risk cases.

The World Health Organization recommends a vaccines coverage of over 95 percent, considered to be the only one that can ensure the elimination of diseases such as measles and rubella, and prevent the recurrence of some illnesses.

Results of vaccination refusal

Reducing vaccination against measles, rubella, and mumps has led to several measles and rubella epidemics in recent years, worldwide.

According to some statistics, more than 3 million children under 5 years of age die globally because of non-vaccination. The data also show that pneumococcal disease is the main cause of global mortality in children under the age of 15, among the diseases that can be prevented by vaccination. Pneumococcal disease affects not only children, but also adults.

Figures show that over 1,600,000 people die of this, of which nearly 1 million are children under the age of 5.

For pneumococcal meningitis, the average mortality rate in Europe is estimated at 38%. Moreover, this disease also has long-term negative effects, including mental retardation, seizures, motor disorders, speech disorders, and deafness.

Doctors say that this vaccination refusal phenomenon still occurs, and mothers and fathers tell them more and more often that they fear the possible side effects that can occur, without being afraid of the diseases that children can later make if not vaccinated.

Specialists are of another opinion. For infants who are not immunized, the consequences can be lethal if they are exposed, immediately after the birth, to serious illnesses such as hepatitis B or tuberculosis.

Vaccinations Are Refused by More and More Parents, Lately – Why?

The main reason why parents disagree with vaccinating their children is that they are informed from unofficial sources that may lead to misinterpretations.

The vaccines used today are incomparably more risk-free than those used 10, or 20 years ago and are strictly necessary for the children’s health.

Unfortunately, parents are not informed from professional sites, but from various forums or sites that have nothing to do with medicine, and doctors often face the problem of refusal to vaccinate.

Parents assume their children’s illness with serious illness and do not think about how they might look in their children’s eyes if that happens.

On the other hand, the parents assumes the fact that their children’s will not be accepted in the different communities because a not vaccinated child is a danger to more fragile children. A child who is not vaccinated is a danger for himself and for others, too.

Also, children who are not vaccinated are at risk of being refused to attend school classes or kindergartens, as they may be a danger to others.

A child who is not vaccinated may be at risk of developing more serious illnesses. These include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, cancer, cirrhosis, diphtheria, tetanus, severe convulsive cough, mumps, pneumonia, rubella, measles, and poliomyelitis.

More specifically, what are the parents’ afraid of?

On different forums, social networks, blogs, or sites, several misleading proofs on how bad are the vaccines for kids’ health have been posted. These proofs are not backed-up by any medical study, or clinical trial, not even by statistics.

Some people have the belief that the mandatory vaccination is a conspiracy against humans’ health and well-being, since they think that the vaccines contain aluminum, living cells, and other elements that might endanger kids’ health.

Others, link the vaccinations schemes to autism developing in kids. This fact remains unproven.

The autism can’t be detected before the age of 2, or 3 in some cases, and it’s origins are not well known, and that makes it hard to make a connection between vaccinations and autism from the scientifically point-of-view, but not from the parents’ one.

A few parents of autistic kids have blamed on the vaccines for their kids’ autism. That’s understandable to some point, since it is easier to blame on something, instead of facing the real problem.

In conclusion, vaccinations are refused by more and more parents, lately, and that is not a fact to be ignored, since it might bring some real big and global health problems in some decades. Moreover, a child who is not vaccinated tends to be in danger of developing some hard diseases, some of which may also be lethal.

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