The recent measles outbreaks in Southern California and across the United States are alarming. Health officials blame parents who refuse to vaccinate their children for various reasons. Vaccinations prevent the spread of contagious and often deadly diseases worldwide. Unfortunately, confusion and misunderstanding have arisen in recent years surrounding the safety of immunizations. Let’s review the facts related to vaccinations and see why medical professionals worldwide recommend vaccines for almost everyone.
The Purpose of a Vaccination
What is a vaccination? Basically, it’s an injection given to a person to build up the body’s natural immunity to a disease. By building up the body’s immunity, it will be able to resist catching the disease if the person is ever exposed to it. Being able to resist the disease means the person is immune to it.
How effective can they be? Smallpox killed approximately 500 million people worldwide during the 20th century. The first vaccination (also called immunization) was used against smallpox. Due to massive immunization efforts initiated by the WHO, this massive virus was declared completely eradicated from the world in 1979. The world is now smallpox free and there is no need for smallpox vaccinations.
Thanks to vaccinations, many common and very serious diseases, including polio, measles, mumps and Hepatitis B, can be prevented. Vaccination is the only way to prevent contracting these diseases and avoiding all the complications that can accompany them. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the measles vaccine, referred to as MMR, provides protection to the recipient from three contagious diseases: measles, mumps, and Rubella (sometimes called the German measles). As noted above, some confusion surrounding the safety of this and other vaccines has arisen in recent years.
This misinformation is not based upon science and its spread has been assisted by the nature of the internet. A much longer article would be needed to address the many misconceptions being thrown around regarding vaccinations. One involves Autism. No medical study has found a link between getting a vaccine and developing Autism. Recent research shows children are born with Autism before any immunizations are given to them. Another myth says that a vaccine, usually a flu shot, can cause the disease it is intended to prevent. Most flu shots contain dead viruses which do not come back to life and cannot cause a live flu infection in the recipient.
Do not let misunderstandings or urban legends prevent you from keeping yourself or your family safe from the flu and other diseases. There is no better way to avoid contracting the measles, mumps, or Rubella than by receiving the MMR vaccine and sticking to your vaccination schedule.
Following Your Vaccination Schedule
People of all ages who can be vaccinated against diseases should do so. Medical professional develop Immunization schedules and they are widely accepted throughout the world. At UrgentMED, our skilled and compassionate professional staff is ready to assist with your vaccination needs. We pride ourselves on our convenience, efficiency, and cost.
With 17 convenient walk-in urgent care clinics throughout Southern California, we offer fast, professional service without the long wait. We offer weekday, weeknight, and weekend hours to help you on your terms, for your convenience. Let us assist you with all your vaccination and other clinical needs. Contact us at the location closest to you today.