Protecting Kids from Childhood Diseases
As Kimberly S. Belle shared in her last post, April is Autism Awareness month. It’s a reminder for all of us to learn more about autism and how to support affected families. It’s also a good time for us to learn the truth about vaccines and autism. The overwhelming scientific evidence shows no link between the two, yet the myth persists.
The result? Children go unprotected. My nieces’ church school is currently dealing with an outbreak of pertussis. Commonly known as whooping cough, this highly contagious disease, which is most severe in babies, can lead to pneumonia and even death. Children may experience violent fits of coughing until the air is gone from the lungs, which can cause fainting or vomiting—or even life-threatening pauses in breathing.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has information on their website about the pertussis vaccination and vaccine safety. Comedians Penn & Teller offer a persuasive look at why parents should get their children vaccinated even if there were a link between vaccines and autism (strong language):
Autism can have a devastating effect on families. So can childhood diseases. It’s up to all of us to learn more about autism, so that we can be guided by knowledge rather than fear.
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