The Impact of Vaccine Misinformation
Vaccinations are crucial for children’s health as they protect them from serious illnesses. They stimulate the body’s immune system to recognize and fight specific diseases. Vaccinations protect the individual child and help prevent the spread of diseases to others in the community. For these reasons, it is important to follow recommended vaccination schedules to ensure optimal protection.
Failure to vaccinate can result in serious health consequences for children and the community at large. However, since COVID-19, vaccination rates among children have drastically declined.
Recently, Time magazine wrote an article discussing the rise in vaccine and pediatric misinformation resulting from COVID-19. The medical misinformation being circulated leads to long-established norms of essential pediatric practice being discredited and ignored.
This unfortunate reality is directly impacting our pediatric population. In fact, the Times article shared that in 2019 alone, childhood vaccinations prevented more than 24 million cases of vaccine-preventable disease in the U.S. However, over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the anti-vaccine movement has greatly escalated its generalized anti-pediatric vaccine attacks. The number of parents who believe they should be able to decide not to immunize their school-age children, even if being unvaccinated creates health risks for other children, nearly doubled between 2019 and 2022 to about 30%.
As primary healthcare providers, we must provide care that best serves the child, not political agendas. At Rainbow Pediatrics, we understand how worrisome it can be to hear politically biased and motivated information being circulated about vaccinations and how challenging it is to decipher fact from misinformation.
When it comes to caring for your child, we strive to ensure that we are up-to-date on the leading science-backed medical recommendations and treatments. If you are unsure how to proceed with these unsettling times, please contact us so we can address your concerns immediately and provide unbiased reasoning as to why your child should receive the recommended vaccinations for their age group.