Who Doesn’t Want Polio to Come Back?

For all the wonders of the Internet, it also has the serious flaw of giving people without the slightest qualifications a platform to claim they know something. And other people believe them. That’s how a former Playboy centerfold became the poster child for the anti-vaccination movement, because, you know, her background has “scientist/doctor” written all over it.

Recent outbreaks of measles in pockets of various states show the danger of this ignorance about the true impact of vaccinations on diseases that formerly killed or crippled millions, things like polio, diphtheria, measles, and more.

At Tri-County Medical Clinic, we prefer facts to conspiracy theories and we provide all the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for our pediatric patients. Some of these vaccinations also periodically need to be re-upped for adults.

It’s probably been awhile since you thought much about which diseases are prevented by vaccinations.

Here’s a list, along with their not-so-nice characteristics.

  • Chickenpox — Infected blisters, bleeding disorders, brain swelling, pneumonia.
  • Diphtheria — Swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis, death.
  • Hib — Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord) intellectual disability, infection that can block the windpipe, pneumonia, death.
  • Hepatitis A — Liver failure, joint pain, kidney, pancreatic, and blood disorders.
  • Hepatitis B — Chronic liver infection, liver failure, liver cancer.
  • Measles — Brain swelling, pneumonia, death.
  • Mumps — Infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord, brain swelling, inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, deafness.
  • Pertussis — Pneumonia, death.
  • Polio — Paralysis, death.
  • Pneumococcal — Bacteremia (blood infection), meningitis, death.
  • Rotavirus — Severe diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration.
  • Rubella — Can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature, delivery, birth defects in pregnant women.
  • Tetanus — Broken bones, breathing difficulty, death.

As you can see, “death” is a symptom of over half of these infectious diseases. This isn’t something to play games with. There is no “debate” about the benefits of vaccinating your children. Michigan schools require vaccinations before your child can enter school.

Is it time to make an appointment for us to see your little one? Call us at Tri-County Medical Clinic, (586) 979-5100, to make an appointment or about any timeline questions you may have about a child and his or her vaccinations.

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