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Vaccination is one of the greatest achievements of public health. Within the last decades, many infectious diseases have been controlled because of immunization of the general population especially of children. However, some parents are still not aware of the benefits of the vaccination and are even worried about the health risks. If you are one of them, this article will clear some of your apprehensions about it.
Vaccination does not only protect the individual but the people around him. When one gets vaccinated, he reduces the risk of exposing other people from infectious diseases. With only an average cost of $20, a child can be fully immunized from many diseases. If you will compare the amount to the potential cost of hospitalization and medication and even the life of the child, the amount is too small.
The possible risks of vaccination are very rare and mostly insignificant if you compare the advantages. Common side-effects include abscess from the injection site and slight fever. Although there are some claims relating autism with immunization, there are still no direct studies to prove such claims.
Since prevention is still better than cure, vaccination remains to be the crowning glory of public health works. As a parent, you can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of immunization if you are unsure of what to do.