Pediatrician's Office Sign About Vaccines Leaves Parents Speechless

The mainstream medical community is virtually united on one simple issue: parents should vaccinate their kids. In recent decades, there has been a lot of anti-vaccination hype, and the anti-vaxer movement has pushed studies that claim shots do kids more harm than good. It's true that vaccinations do carry some risks, but the threats posed by the diseases they prevent are far worse.

Sunni Mariah went to the pediatrician and spotted a sign on the wall. The pro-vaccination mom from Colorado was pleased to have spotted it, and snapped a photo of it for Facebook.

"New sign at my Dr’s office is throwing some serious shade," she wrote.

“Not vaccinating your kids leaves them vulnerable to disease their whole lives,” reads the sign across the top.

Beneath that is a list of questions the doctor poses to patients who are against vaccinating.

"When your daughter gets rubella when pregnant, how are you going to explain that you chose to leave her at risk?" it asks. "What will you say when she calls you and tells you she has cervical cancer, because you decided that she wouldn't need the HPV vaccine?"

The sign asks how you will react to your adult son not being able to have children because he got the mumps as a child, or how you will explain grandma died from influenza after your child passes on the virus to her.

"Do you tell them that you didn't think these diseases were that serious?" the message concludes. "That you thought your organic home-cooked food was enough to protect them? Do you say sorry?"

The message addresses a valid concern that many in the medical community have for non-vaccinated kids. The doctor's nurse got it from Dr. Rachel Heap, a doctor from Australia who is a specialist in intensive care medicine.

Heap has first-hand experience of what the anti-vax movement has caused. She's witness countless people die or suffer severe complications from diseases they never had to get in the first place.

Heap recalls babies she treated when working in a kids' ICU. Both had whopping cough. One was in intensive care for six months, but survived-- though the baby did retain brain damage from the disease. The other died.

“Those are two of my ghosts, but I’ve got countless, endless other ones because people don’t count the adults. The 28-year-old guy who died of late complications of whooping cough. The people who’ve died of influenza – young, healthy people as well as the older and more frail. Name a vaccine-preventable disease, other than polio, and I’ve seen it directly," Heap told MSN.

A lot of anti-vaxers rely in ‘herd immunity’ to protect their kids. If everyone else is vaccinated, your unvaccinated child is less likely to run into a disease. However, the fewer people who are vaccinated, the less the resistance of the herd. This is especially bad news for people who cannot get vaccinated. People who have health issues that make them vulnerable to illnesses that your child can pass on to them if your child isn’t vaccinated. When herd immunity is weakened, it puts everyone at risk.

“Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives. Vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are the most significant medical innovation of our time,” the American Academy of Pediatrics says in response to the anti-vaxing movement.

“Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease. Vaccines keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society, including the elderly, and children who are too young to be vaccinated or have compromised immune systems.”
Source: Scary Mommy
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