As children head back to Eugene, Oregon schools soon, parents can be aware of the pros and cons of vaccines to make intelligent decisions for immunizations. August is immunization month which is a great time to review some valuable information about those preventative measures to safe guard your children from diseases.
Some informed guardians know the benefits of immunizations to ward off the possibility of illness, health concerns of different degrees and even prevention of death too. Studies have been provided so inoculations should be given without reserve and few unwanted side effects. There are many points to learn the reasons to consider or decline a vaccine.
Allergies to eggs and other important allergic, personal information should be brought to the areas where you intend to have your child vaccinated. These records should be with your attending physician or health care provider and easily obtained beforehand to take a copy to the vaccination clinic. All records are kept up to date as each doctor visit occurs. This provides you with current information so over inoculation is not done. A record at home is a good list to have for complete list of immunizations and boosters for each child’s health history. This can be done in a notebook, journal or on the computer.
Before you attend an immunization clinic, take a look at the health of the child. If the child has been ill or is just getting over an illness, talk to the doctor before getting any vaccine. Taking a temperature, of the child, if you are uncertain about an illness being in the past, can sometimes be helpful data to report should your doctor ask if there is an elevation in temperature or fever.
Prepare the child no matter what age they are so there can be some acceptance when the child arrives where the injection or other immunization will be given. Time is sometimes a factor that does not allow a great deal of explaining to children at the clinic or facility where vaccines are given. A simple statement for younger children is better than a lengthy one. Older children might grasp a more in depth explanation.
As a parent or guardian, ask some questions before the vaccine is administered. These will help you know more about what is being given to your child.
1. Date of expiration of the vaccine. A nurse should have checked this before giving, but double checking should always be appreciated by health professionals.
2. Amount of testing done to prepare the vaccine for human injection.
3. On what species and when was the testing done?
4. What are the contents of the vaccine?
5. What diseases and conditions are covered by the vaccine?
6. Is the duration of the vaccine limited? What limitations, of the frame of time, the child is covered by this vaccine?
7. Has the vaccine been handled as manufacture suggestions require? Most are kept refrigerated, not frozen and not exposed to heat. Ask what you need to know.
There are private, personal, physical and religious reasons to refuse inoculations. Some forms for these exceptions must accompany the school records for the child to lawfully enter and attend school. Ask your doctor for the “withhold immunization statement” so that can be a lawful release for that child.
Protect your rights to determine if it is safe for your child to receive a vaccine by being educated on the pros and cons of vaccines.