Medical researchers are now confirming what we have long understood when it comes to parental opinions and fears regarding vaccines. According to research conducted by CS Mott Children’s National Poll on Children’s Health, about 90% of parents contacted for the survey agreed that vaccine safety and drug safety were among the most important factors to be analyzed. The study shows that due to medical advances that have reduced the threat of certain diseases, parents have only increased their concern regarding vaccinations.
The study conductor, a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor cited principal concerns that stemmed primarily from fears regarding what he calls an “alleged, but later disproven link between vaccines and autism” He says that parents are also concerned about mercury or other preservative used in vaccines. The study also showed that governmental attempts to soothe parents regarding vaccines has done very little to promote a sense of security. Frequent medical recalls on drugs as well as other pharmaceutical agents has only added fuel to the fire and leaves many parents questioning the safety and effectiveness of many over the counter children’s medications. There have been recent withdrawals of medications including children’s cold medications, and pain relievers such as acetaminophen due to dosing issues as well as manufacturing flaws. This data, only leaves parents more uncertain about the safety of what’s on the shelf for their children and destroys reliability in governing health care agencies. In the course of the last several days Johnson & Johnson has pulled yet another series of medications from the shelf including children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt tablets and Junior Strength Motrin caplets for what the company calls “insufficiency in the development of the manufacturing process“.
Of the 1620 parents surveyed, each was asked to rate eight areas of medical research has very, somewhat, or not important. 57% of those sampled responded to the questions. Of the eight topics surveyed, ranking at the top at 89% was vaccine safety. Followed next by safety of medications second with 88% of the parents feeling that it was very important. Followed closely by several other categories listed here in order of importance.
Environmental exposures that can lead to health problems
Foods to protect against cancer
Treatment for rare childhood diseases
Food that might cause cancer
New treatments for common childhood diseases
Leading causes of injuries in children.
Despite the attempts of health officials to reassure parents and caregivers vaccines and medications are in fact safe, there are a variety of studies, as well as personal cases of child after child has suffered an injury or other permanent harm at the hands of what is supposed to prevent illness and not cause it.
Childhood vaccination schedules, as well as over-the-counter medications are under continued scrutiny in the US as well as around the world In the United Kingdom, officials are now announcing the release of a vaccination program that will allow children to be vaccinated for 7 separate illnesses at one time in an attempt to simplify the vaccine schedule, an inshore a higher rate of vaccination for children across the country. The results of this vaccination schedule and its traumas are yet to be seen.