Petition calling for mandatory measles vaccinations for children attending a public school at B.C. continues to gain momentum, but many parents believe that the vaccination can do more harm well.
And while Health Minister, Adrian Dix does not push legislation to make compulsory vaccinations, he is urging everyone to have their children immunized.
Vancouver Coastal Health reports that there are eight positive cases of measles in Ecole Secondaire Jules-Verne and Ecole Rose-des-Vents. However, there were nine confirmed cases. In addition, the infection is extremely infectious – the airborne viral infection spreads through coughing and spreading – and even one rash case is considered.
With this in mind, many parents are concerned that children may have adverse reactions to the vaccine. Although there is some concern that their children may be ill, others are afraid that they can cause irreparable harm, or worse, death.
Vancouver Aw Awesome spoke to Tiffany Akins, Communications Coach, Vancouver Coastal Health, who explained the risks associated with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
"Although the vaccine can cause some side effects, they are scarce," he said. "And of those rare side effects, the most common is a bad arm and fever. On the other hand, measles cause many complications that may be much more serious, and can still Even leading to death. Also, the rash is very infectious – lives in a room where a person has been infected for up to two hours. "
Atkins indicates that it is possible to have more extreme reactions to the vaccine, but that the complications associated with measles are much worse. Dr. stressed Althea Hayden, Medical Coach Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health, stating that the chances of having an allergic reaction are scarce.
"There is no reason for the public to be worried about this. It's extremely rare to have an allergic reaction by a vaccine," he said.
"Your body must have seen the element once before to have an allergic reaction. Brepers and allergens are experts who can help someone decide what the right decision is on. (ie to vaccinate) .. All vaccine providers are ready if a reaction occurs. "
Dr. added Hayden says that a healthcare provider will always ask patients about previous reactions and medical history to find out if they are safe. Furthermore, he notes that it is important to stay in the clinic for 15 minutes after having any vaccine. An extremely rare chance – less than 1 in a million – from a life-threatening allergic reaction, of the name of anaphylaxis. This may include magnificent, difficulty in breathing, or swelling, the throat, the tongue, or the lips.
With this in mind, there are a number of more serious reactions that may occur from the vaccine. These include:
- Fever caused by fever (about 1 child in 3,000),
- Temporary drop in the blood cells that help prevent bleeding (about 1 person in 30,000),
- and encephalitis, meningitis (about 1 person in 1 million).
However, there is a possibility of mesh encephalitis in approximately 1 in 1,000. In other words, your risk of developing this life-threatening complexity is 1,000 times higher than they are taking advantage of the vaccine.
Vancouver Coastal Health notes that two dosages of measles vaccine are 99 per cent effective in preventing measles, and most cases now occur in those born after 1970 that they did not have doses or only one dose of the vaccine.