Unfortunately, the anti-vaccine groups have had their moment in the public for far too long. Clustered disease breakouts have popped up in the United States thanks to junk research that linked the MMR vaccine with autism. Even after the research was completely debunked, and it was proven the lead researcher altered results, the effects of the study are still being felt.
A study was commissioned and published in the journal, Pediatrics. It took a look at 67 research studies and found that vaccines in young children present little to no danger. One area they are sure on is there is no direct link between autism and vaccines. The side effects that do crop up are for rare conditions.
One type of the rare side effects occurs when a child is given the flu shot combined with the MMR vaccination. This can lead to fever-related seizures in small children. More often than not, the seizures are benign, they just frighten parents. No long-term problems have been associated with the seizures.
While scientists are quick to point out they can’t guarantee 100% safety, they say the benefits far outweigh the risks. Thanks to the anti-vaccine campaigns, the CDC says that over 500 children have been stricken with the measles this year.
A CDC report, published in April, outlined the benefits of vaccinations. Vaccines given to infants and young children over the past two decades will prevent 322 million diseases, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths.
One side effect to the vaccine for rotavirus is the increase risk of developing an intestinal blockage called intussusception. For every 100,000 vaccines, one to five additional cases of intussusception are connected to the shot. It should be noted that rotavirus can actually cause intussusception, so it shouldn’t turn you off on getting your child vaccinated.
The CDC has found that younger doctors are more skeptical of vaccines than older ones. It is hoped the new research gets them on board to be advocates for the vaccine regimen. The CDC points out that 38,000 children were injured in car crashes last year. Driving them to the doctor is actually more of a risk than the actual vaccine.
While the research is expected to barely dent the anti-vaccination crowd, it is hopeful that more research will eventually turn those parents around and on to the right course of action.