The question of whether or not to vaccinate your child has been a hot topic in the parenting community. Those in favor of vaccinations cite the importance of protecting children against dangerous and sometimes deadly illnesses, while those opposed often believe that the vaccinations do more harm than good. But no matter what side of the argument you come down on, there are myths about vaccines you should be aware of.
Although vaccines are not 100 percent effective at preventing your child from contracting the disease, it can often be even more dangerous to their health to leave them unprotected and exposed to certain illnesses. Your decision not to vaccinate can also put other children at risk, as many diseases cannot be eliminated unless a majority of the population has been treated for it.
You may think that your children are being vaccinated against illnesses that haven't been around in ages, making the shots unnecessary. But as Parenting noted, in fact it's the vaccines that are keeping people safe. To stop vaccinating against these outdated diseases could reintroduce them into the population.
If you're wondering whether or not you should have your child vaccinated, check out this list of myths and consult with your pediatrician to make an informed choice.