Concerns for Parents of Unvaccinated Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the assistance of the Department of Health and Human Services, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics published a set of guidelines for parents who chose not to vaccinate their children.

If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, Understand the Risks and Responsibilities” provides important safety tips on how to protect your child and others from vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles.

Some parents decline vaccination because of religious reasons, but a growing number of parents are concerned about potential vaccine injuries, such as Guillain Barre syndrome from a flu shot.

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The CDC recommends that parents with unvaccinated children alert medical staff that the child has not received all of the recommended vaccines any time the child is ill and a 911 call is made, the child rides in an ambulance, or a the child visits a doctor, hospital, emergency room or clinic.

Informing health care professionals about the child’s vaccine schedule is important because the vaccine-preventable illnesses can still occur. An infected child should be kept away from other unvaccinated children so the disease does not spread. The agency also suggests that patients who develop a vaccine preventable disease avoid traveling by plane, train, or bus until they are no longer contagious.

In the event of an outbreak, parents should inform the child’s school and caregivers about the child’s vaccine status.  It may be safe to keep the child home from school until the outbreak ends.

The CDC advises that families reconsider vaccinating if an outbreak occurs. If this is not an option, parents should contact the healthcare provider immediately to talk about medicines used to treat and prevent the illnesses.

Protecting unvaccinated children from vaccine-preventable diseases can be a challenge. Some diseases, such as Hib meningitis, can spread from people who have the bacteria in their body but are not currently ill, and measles is so contagious that an unvaccinated person can develop the illness just by entering a room an infected person occupied hours ago.

Parents who chose not to vaccinate their children against certain diseases should know the early signs and symptoms of the diseases so they can seek immediate medical attention if the child or a family member develops the illness.

The Anapol Weiss vaccine injury lawyers urge parents to follow the recommendations of their child’s pediatrician regarding immunizations.

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