Vaccines: Truths and Consequences
CAUSE OF VACCINE CONTROVERSY
Today, parents and guardians are often exposed to unreliable information concerning their children’s health. Many organizations and websites that appear to be official resources for trustworthy data on vaccines, are not based on medical or scientific fact. Unfortunately, these sites often provide false information that cause public concern with regard to the safety and adverse effects of childhood immunizations. These factors have led to both delays in immunization and in some cases, outright refusals to vaccinate.
CONSEQUENCES OF AVOIDING VACCINES
This recent trend of delaying or skipping vaccinations places infants at risk for serious diseases such as whopping cough, Haemophilus influenzae type B, and measles. As a consequence of this development, there has been a recent measles epidemic in the United States. Adherence to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) immunization schedule may prevent complications from diseases ranging in severity from rashes and fevers to choking, brain damage, heart problems, deafness, and blindness.
With conflicting information in the media regarding vaccines, it may be difficult for parents to know whom to trust. It is very important for an infant’s primary care provider to explain and follow the current recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The AAP and CDC recommend a specific schedule of immunizations based on reputable scientific studies that show the vaccines to be safe and effective in preventing serious illnesses.
At ProgenyHealth, we focus on the health of all babies admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our experienced nurses begin discussions with the hospital clinical team while the baby is in the NICU. Following discharge from the hospital, our Nurse Case Managers and Social Workers work to educate the parent and guardian on how to keep the baby well. Progeny Case Managers discuss the need for the infants to make regular check-ups with their Pediatricians and to maintain the AAP’s recommended immunization schedule. Additionally, our nurses are available to answer questions from the family by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Progeny’s Program is provided to the family of a baby who was admitted to the NICU as a benefit from their insurance company, and is a qualified clinical resource for guidance in coordinating the necessary medical care for NICU babies.
Vaccinations are just one very important component of a child’s healthcare. Keep your infant healthy by scheduling regular well-baby checkups and following your Pediatrician’s direction on the appropriate immunization schedule for your baby.
About the Author:
Dr. Gerard Brown, Medical Director at ProgenyHealth, manages the clinical care nursing and case management nursing staff. Prior to joining ProgenyHealth, Dr. Brown served for a period of 15 years as the Chief of Neonatology with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at their Chester County Hospital location, followed by The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. After earning board certification in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, he practiced clinical neonatology for 25 years. Dr. Brown is proud to have served as a medical officer in the United States Navy and retired with a rank of Captain after 21 years of service.