Here’s a news flash for you… kids don’t like getting shots. And, it appears that there are some parents who don’t like it either. There seems to be a trend going on these days and it may not be a healthy one. More and more parents are opting out of having their children vaccinated. I don’t think it is so much of a money issue. Medical Insurance for children provides free vaccinations. Even if you are unable to obtain, or afford, private Medical Insurance there are still options. If you qualify for Medicaid is an option, or maybe your states CHIP Medical Insurance program. There are also community based health clinics that provide immunizations for children for free or at a greatly reduced cost.
The lack of Medical Insurance is not why parents are not vaccinating their children. Some have fears of the vaccines causing autism in children under the ages of 3 or 4. However, there has been no scientific proof that the mercury in vaccinations causes autism. In an article in the Los Angeles Times from March 13, 2010 “The federal “vaccines court” ruled Friday in three separate cases that the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal does not cause autism, a finding that supports the broad sc ientific consensus on the matter but those greatly disappointed parents who are convinced that their child’s illness was caused by vaccines.”
Medical Insurance carriers are always looking for ways to keep their clients healthy. After all, it is in their best interests. Today we may not think of the diseases children get vaccinated for as being very serious. That’s because the vaccines have made a lot of the diseases not so serious. The fact is that they still exist and may lead to pneumonia, choking, brain damage, heart problems, blindness and death in children who are not protected. The vaccinations that your medical insurance will pay for are:
- Tetanus (Lockjaw)
- Pertussis (Whopping cough)
- Rubella (German measles)
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B
- Hepatitis B
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
Medical insurance will help to pay the expenses if your child becomes ill, but do you really want to chance that? Since this trend against vaccinations has been going on for a while doctors are starting to fight back. If you decide that you do not want to vaccinate your child you just may have a difficult time finding a doctor willing to treat your family. ABC News is reporting a story out of California where a physician refused to treat a new born baby because the mother was not going to allow her child to be vaccinated. The story goes on to talk about what may go through a doctor’s mind if he/she feels compelled to “fire” a patient. “Ethically, that is a real concern on the part of the pediatrician because there are some diseases that are really disabling. If a pediatrician says’OK, I agree, it’s OK for you not to immunize your children‘and they come down with some of these diseases then…. it makes the doctor feel like he’s partly to blame.”
If you feel strongly about immunizations and you do not want your children to have them please take advantage of your Medical Insurance office co-pay and have a discussion with your doctor.