This post is sponsored by the Florida Department of Health; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
What I’ve Learned About Vaccinations
When you have a child you start to think differently. You start to question things you never put much thought into before. That’s a good thing because there are important decisions you have to make for your child and healthcare is definitely one of them. When I went looking for answers to some of those first-time mom questions, it was daunting and overwhelming with the amount of opinions and information out there. After going through this with 3 children, I want to share what I’ve learned to make it less stressful for a first time mom.
Here is what I have learned:
Know where you are getting your information from.
Moms love to talk and share stories, and we love to ask Dr. Google our burning questions but it’s most important to know where you are getting your information from. If a mom is giving you an opinion it may only be coming from her experience or that of someone she knows. A few people’s experiences are not as reliable as medical studies. Secondly, if you go sifting through the sites provided by Dr. Google you will find more information than you can make sense of. (To clarify there is no Dr. Google feature. I’m just referring to the search box). Whether you are listening to a mom or reading sites here are 2 things to consider: 1. Is the claim backed up by data? 2. Does this person or site have an ulterior motive?
Unfortunately, on Google the top returned search results can be companies that are trying to be the first to drive traffic to the advertisements on their sites. Many of them do not have extensive medical studies to back up their claims. So who can you trust?
I found lots of information based on facts, research, and studies through the Florida Department of Health (http://www.floridahealth.gov.) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov). You can go through your state’s health department as well.
Here are a few points I felt were important in my decision to vaccinate my 3 children:
– Getting vaccines while pregnant protects me and my baby. – Millions of children are vaccinated every year and have been for decades. – Outbreaks of diseases like whooping cough, mumps, and measles can still happen.
– Vaccines are given at the optimum times to protect children when they are most vulnerable. The CDC has posted a vaccine schedule as well www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules .
– Vaccines are studied for years before they are made available to the public.
It can be overwhelming to make sense of all the information out there while trying to figure out how to parent. I hope some of my points will help you, but my last recommendation is to talk to your child’s pediatrician. Finding a pediatrician that you can communicate well with is probably the most important thing to do. Asking my doctor questions and letting her know my concerns was probably the best decision I made. She actually explained the research and safety behind vaccines and I felt very confident in my decision to vaccinate my children.
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