Parents have the ability to protect their children from numerous diseases before they attain the age of two years. Immunization is a sure way to prevent over fourteen serious illnesses that can lead to diverse consequences. Vaccines offered to infants are meant to introduce antigens that are essential in preventing diseases, which may occur in a given jurisdiction. Immunization is the only way to ensure that children are protected from diseases that may have devastating consequences hence limit the growth and development of an infant. Immunization helps in strengthening the immune system of an infant hence protecting him from diseases that ought to have affected him if he would not have been vaccinated. When the immune system of a child is strengthened, the child growth and development is healthy.
Vaccination does not cause any infectious diseases like autism as proclaimed by the growing controversy on immunization of infants. The argument that vaccines given to children affect their immune system is not right. Infant's body has the capability of handling vaccines provided by the pediatricians since the body can replenish the B-Cells and T-Cells, which make up the immune system. The immune system is not in any way weakened by the vaccines given.
Information on the issue of autism is important since genetic mutation causes the condition. The issue of autism been linked to the vaccine is because parents may be aware of autistic symptoms during routine vaccinations. The idea that vaccines cause autism is misled since the condition is genetic in nature. The first step is to educate the family on the issue of autism and how vaccines work. Secondly, explain the importance of vaccination and this would help the family make the informed decision.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2002). The Address of Parents Concerns: Do Multiple Vaccines Overwhelm or Weaken the Infant's Immune System? http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/109/1/124.full
CDC (2015). Protect your baby with immunization. Infant Immunizationhttp://www.cdc.gov/features/infantimmunization/