Tracy Michele: Hi! I'm Tracy Michele with the National Association of Health Underwriters Education Foundation.
Toady, we're discussing the risk and rewards of vaccinations. After World War 2 the American medical community frantically attempted to curb the debilitating, and often deadly effects of Polio. Then in 1952 doctor Jonas Salk developed a vaccine that led to new eradication of the disease in less then 50 years.
Recently some high profile studies on the side effects of vaccinations have been discredited and vaccines have been shown to provide critical protection from deadly diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and American Medical Association also port the inoculation of children. Because many diseases have been eradicated in the United States, it is tempting to forego the inoculation process, but without proper protection international tribal or even casual human contact can increase your child's susceptibility to these diseases.
Being around anyone who has been exposed to a disease, even if that person hasn't contracted a disease nor shows any signs of symptoms can also prove dangerous, if your child has not been properly immunized. While there are health risks associated with vaccines, they're generally mild and much rare than the risk of the diseases inoculations protect against.
According to CDC before the polio vaccine was available as many as 20000 cases of paralytic polio were reported in the United States. Widespread epidemics of polio often left thousands of victims mostly children and braces, crutches, wheel chairs and iron lungs for the rest of their lives.
Now polio has been completely eradicated from the Western Hemisphere Europe and the Western Pacific region.
With the stack so high, it is essential to make sure your family is properly vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider today about immunizations for your child.