The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the launch of a video series entitled “How Vaccines Work” that is intended to help parents and their children better understand the benefits vaccination offers and what they can expect during the immunization process. The CDC is developing the video series in collaboration with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), and the videos are available on the CDC’s YouTube channel along with its other videos on vaccinations and other topics.
CDC Resources for Parents with Questions about Childhood Vaccinations
The CDC uploaded the first three videos in the series (“How Do Germs Make Your Baby Sick?”, “How Do Vaccines Help Babies Fight Infections” and “What to Expect When Your Child is Vaccinated”) in early 2019, and all three are already approaching one million views. As explained by the CDC, “In these short videos, viewers follow baby Jack and his parents as they get answers to common vaccine-related questions and learn more about the importance of vaccinating on schedule.” Parents who are new to childhood vaccinations are likely to find the videos helpful, and additional resources (including recommended vaccination schedules) are available on the CDC’s website as well.
Understanding the Benefits and Risks of CDC-Recommended Vaccines
The CDC recommends vaccination during childhood against 14 different infectious diseases. Among others, these include influenza (the flu), measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), and hepatitis A and B. Immunization with vaccines approved by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is generally considered safe; and, for most people, the benefits of avoiding these diseases will outweigh the potential risks involved.
That said, parents and other individuals should consult with their physicians prior to getting vaccinated to determine whether they are at risk for potentially-serious complications.
Although the CDC-recommended vaccines are generally considered safe, like all medications, they carry some potential risks as well. For children and adults, some of the potential risks associated with vaccination include:
- Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) – These are among the most-common vaccine-related injuries, and they result from errors during vaccination rather than adverse reactions to vaccines themselves.
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) – GBS is a potentially-serious medical condition that has been linked to the hepatitis, influenza and tetanus vaccinations.
- Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) – ITP is a blood disorder that has been linked to the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
- Transverse myelitis – Transverse myelitis is an inflammatory disorder that affects the spinal cord and that has been linked to the diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, MMR, and flu vaccines.
- Allergic reaction – Some individuals can experience severe allergic reactions to vaccine ingredients, including egg protein contained in certain formulations of the flu shot.
Learn more: What are the Most-Common Vaccine Injuries?
Nationwide Legal Representation for Individuals and Families Coping with Vaccine Injuries
For individuals and families coping with the effects of vaccine-related injuries and illnesses, financial compensation may be available through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). To learn more in a free and confidential consultation with national vaccine lawyer Leah V. Durant, please call 202-800-1711 or inquire online today.
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