There have been several debates concerning childhood vaccinations and what vaccinations are necessary during childhood development. One of the largest debates is if vaccinations are necessary at all or if only certain vaccinations are necessary. This vaccination debate has caused many issues with parents, school systems and with counties as a whole. The following are a few points of the unnecessary vaccination debate and how they may affect local communities as well as school systems.
Autism is one of the key factors that lead many parents to join the unnecessary vaccination debate. Over the past decade it has been debated if certain vaccinations or the vaccination schedule itself causes autism or artistic issues with in children. There has been no scientific evidence to prove a link between vaccinations and autism. In fact, in recent studies it is shown that children who have not received vaccinations due to parents choosing not to vaccinate, have as much if not more risk of autism or artistic tendencies than those receiving vaccinations. The autism debate also has led to many parents choosing to be selective on their vaccinations or to choose a vaccination schedule that spreads out vaccinations from the first six months of life to the first six years of life. It is believed that this spread of the vaccination schedule will decrease the risk of autism in children.
A second part of the unnecessary vaccination debate deals with the immune system of children. On a standard vaccination schedule a child will receive up to 22 or more shots with in their first six months of development. These shots are for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, chickenpox, influenza, rotaviruses and influenza boosters. Each one of the shots is given within the first few months and a booster is given with in the second half of the first six months of development. Many parents believe that this large amount of shots and can make the immune system overload. This overload of an immune system is believed to lead to certain illnesses and viruses in children or in artistic tendencies as an extreme option. There has been no scientific evidence to confirm or deny this particular overload. However, many hospitals and doctors are now allowing parents to choose a staggered format or an extended schedule. The extended scheduling of vaccinations is designed to avoid overloading the immune system during the first six months and staggering the shots over a six-year format.
Too Many Vaccinations
There is a school of thought that parents should stop vaccinating their children because there are too many or too many unnecessary vaccinations. Though every vaccination on the vaccination schedule is completely detailed as to why the vaccination is needed, there are still groups of parents who believe that vaccinations are unnecessary and should not be given at all. This leads to community issues and concerns with outbreaks. When a child is not vaccinated there are concerns that an illness such as measles, mumps, rubella or influenza will spread throughout the school system and cause children within the school system in the community to become violently ill. They believe that children with no vaccinations will become the carriers and spread these illnesses quicker and faster.
The unnecessary vaccination debate has become increasingly problematic for schools who would prefer to have children enter in the program with all of their vaccinations up-to-date. This is believed to be a safety issue that will cut down on health issues within the school system. It is also become a community issue for the same reasons.