You may have seen a recent Facebook video of a baby with whooping cough (pertussis) struggling to catch his breath, and you may have read the plea from the mom that was posted with the video encouraging people to speak out in favor of vaccines. While that baby’s cough is very bad in the posted video, I want people to know that it gets worse – much worse.
Periodically, media stories suggest that vaccines could cause long-term harm to children, but there is no scientific evidence to support that idea. Vaccines are an important part of keeping your child healthy. They are integral to protecting your child from illness, helping to prevent him or her from missing school.
What we don’t want is a resurgence of any disease, let alone diseases that are preventable. Some of these could require hospitalization, which no parent wants to put their child through – especially when we have the medical resources to help keep them from contracting these diseases in the first place.