Medications are approved and prescribed because scientists and medical doctors have decided that the benefits of the medications outweigh the potential risks. This also applies to vaccines. In fact, vaccines undergo rigorous testing before they are approved.
Rachel Herlihy is an epidemiologist who works in Colorado. She stated that a vaccine may undergo 20 years of testing before it is approved. Rachel is also a physician who specializes in preventative medicine. Additionally, she works for the Colorado Department of Public Health.
The reason that vaccines are held to higher standards than medications is because they are given to healthy people. A chemotherapeutic agent is given to patients who have cancer. Because cancer patients are already sick, it is easier for doctors to accept the fact that they may have side effects.
The United States also sets higher vaccine standards than many other parts of the world. In fact, there are some vaccines that are administered in other countries that are not administered in other countries because of the side effects.
After the Food and Drug Administration approves a vaccine, it is reviewed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. A team of experts decides whether the vaccine is safe enough to be administered to patients. The Center for Disease Control has stated that certain vaccines can increase the risk of febrile seizures when they are given at the same time. A febrile seizure is a type of convulsion that occurs as the result of high body temperature.
However, the CDC has stated that febrile seizures usually do not cause lasting damage. They also noted that delaying or altering the current vaccination schedule can increase the risk of side effects. That is why it is important to get the vaccinations as recommended.
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Common and Rare Side Effects
Although vaccines receive extensive testing, they can still cause side effects. Fever, headache and pain in the injection site are some of the most commonly reported side effects. Side effects occur when the immune system responds to the vaccine.
The immune system is stimulated by an antigen. Antibodies are created to counteract the effects of the antigen. This makes the immune system stronger.
A list of vaccines and their possible side effects can be found on the CDC website. The website also lists the likelihood of the vaccine occurring.
It is important to remember that no vaccine is 100 percent effective. However, the risks of vaccination are miniscule compared to the risks of contracting the disease that the vaccine is designed to prevent. For example, encephalitis, which is a condition that causes brain inflammation, is a possible side effect of the MMR vaccine.
However, only 1 in 1 million people who get the MMR vaccine will develop encephalitis. The encephalitis risk for people who have measles is 1 in 1,000.
Education is Important
Rebecca Larson is a manager who works for the Disease Prevention and Control Department in Eagle County. She stated that education is the key. People need to be educated about the risks and benefits of a vaccine. They also need to find out the truth about the myths surrounding vaccines.
It is also important to remember that many physicians are also parents. Many parents are concerned about the rise in autism. However, there is no confirmed link between autism and vaccines. Dr. Dennis Lipton is a parent and physician. He feels that vaccines have more benefits than risks.
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