Pediatric immunizations have come under much debate in the United States, with many parents opting to not immunize their children. Concerns over the potential health implications of immunizations leave many parents confused and educators and pediatricians concerned about healthcare of these non-immunized children.
If you are a parent, and if you have concerns about your child’s immunizations, it is important to understand not only the safety and recommendations of the immunizations that children need, but to also understand how immunizations can be reduced in effectiveness when not given in accordance with the federal government’s recommended timetables.
Because there are many mobile immunization clinics, run by government health offices, parents often seek out guidance and information on immunizing their children through this mobile offering. And, while the mobile immunization clinics are ideal for helping low-income at at-risk children to become immunized, they are posing a health concern by creating irregular immunization administration.
Because mobile immunization clinics are not scheduled to be in specific areas of local towns and communications on a regular basis, parents often delay getting their children immunized until the mobile clinic arrives. As a result, many children are either not being immunized at all, or immunized outside of scheduling guidelines.
To ensure that your child has the best outcome for immunizations, it is important to find a pediatrician who can offer advice and recommendations on the needs for your child’s particular health. By utilizing one pediatrician, you can avoid falling outside of recommended schedules for your child’s immunization, and also ensure that your child is only getting immunizations that are absolutely necessary. While mobile immunization clinics are ideal in some cases, and avoiding immunizations altogether may be a consideration as well, first consult with a pediatrician to determine the best route for managing your child’s specific healthcare needs.
No matter what your personal decision may be with regard to immunizations for children, it is important to keep official documentation as to what immunizations have been given, the time and date they were given, and, when not given, the basis on which the immunization was not administered. In doing so, you can provide your child with the best possible outcome, even if the decision to immunize is different than what federal government recommends.
Sources: What Every Parent Should Know About Childhood Immunization, by Jamie Murphy.