I is monitored by the Food and Drug Administration.

I understand your concern about
your child and his safety; however, present research does not support the idea
that vaccines have been linked to autism. Unfortunately, the age children are
diagnosed with autism is the same age they receive their vaccines. A paper that
was published in 1998, in The Lancet, written
by Andrew Wakefield, MD and 12 co-authors, stated that there was a link between
the MMR vaccine and autism.1 It was later discovered that Dr.
Wakefield forged his data and the article was withdrawn.2 Since then,
many studies have been conducted attempting to establish a connection between
vaccines and autism, with no correlation being found. The ingredient in
vaccines thought to cause autism is called thimerosal. Its purpose in vaccines is
to prevent bacterial contamination. Even though thimerosal has not been found
to cause any adverse effects or be linked to autism, it was suggested by
federal agencies that companies limit the use of thimerosal in their vaccines. It
has been removed from vaccines completely except for some brands of the
influenza vaccine.  

Vaccines are medications, so there
is a risk for side effects. These side effects are mild and include things such
as swelling, redness, and pain at the sight of injection, and a slight fever.
Serious side effects, such as anaphylactic shock, are rare and healthcare
professionals are trained to handle those situations.3 The safety
and efficacy of vaccines is monitored by the Food and Drug Administration. The
Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, use a national system called The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting
System to keep track of reported adverse events from vaccines. If they find an
issue with any vaccine and its safety, they take the necessary actions to
protect the public.

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The vaccines that your child will receive
provides protection from potentially deadly diseases. These vaccines help your
child develop immunity to these dangerous diseases by emulating an infection
without causing any illness.3 Your child receiving vaccines not only
helps protect your child but can help other children that are immunosuppressed
and cannot receive vaccines.4 This concept is known as herd immunity
or community immunity. Community immunity is important because when everyone is
vaccinated against a certain disease, the likelihood of having an outbreak of
that disease is drastically reduced. While the United States has been able to
get rid of diseases through vaccination, many countries have not been so lucky.
People could travel to a foreign country and acquire a disease and bring it
back to the United States. This could then cause an outbreak. If everyone is
vaccinated, then we can be better protect ourselves from the spreading of those
diseases. In looking at your child’s history,  today your child needs to receive the third
dose of the polio vaccine (I don’t think the patient would know what
inactivated poliovirus vaccine would be), the fourth dose of the pneumonia
vaccine (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine), the first dose of the measles, mumps,
rubella vaccine, the first dose of the varicella vaccine, the first dose of the
hepatitis A vaccine in which the second vaccine will need to be given in six to
eighteen months, and the first dose of the flu vaccine (inactivated influenza
vaccine IIV) in which the second dose will need to be given after four weeks.

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