August 2, 2011
Myth or Fact: Your child has a greater chance of developing autism if you follow vaccination guidelines. This is a myth. Some people believe increased exposure to thimerosal (a compound used in some vaccines) explains the higher prevalence of autism cases in children over recent years. However, evidence from several studies examining trends in vaccine use and changes in autism frequency does not support such an association. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
One of the top ten questions new parents ask their pediatrician is whether they should vaccinate their infant. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is a major topic in today’s society. What was once seen as miraculous is now questioned exhaustively. Fear of potential complications has trumped a proven method for preventing diseases. Immunizations in the US have an incredibly safe track record.
Since August is Immunization Awareness Month, Woman’s Hospital’s CuddleBugs program is addressing this oftentimes controversial subject from the medical community’s point of view. If your baby is two months old, you’ve already been asked to begin vaccinating against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, haemophilus type b and pneumococcus.
Here are a few of the reasons why, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
We urge parents to research vaccines from trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the American Academy of Pediatrics and then bring their questions to their pediatrician. They care for your baby’s health and wellness and can offer guidelines tailored to meet your child’s individual needs.
If you have questions or concerns about immunizing your infant, please follow doctor’s orders and consult with your trusted pediatrician.
CuddleBugs is a free program designed to provide answers to new and expectant moms from the earliest stages of pregnancy through post-delivery – including guidance for newborn care. For more information about CuddleBugs, visit www.CuddleBugsBaby.com.
Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health.
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