When you go to see your primary care doctor for a sick or well visit, do you understand the responsibility of the staff that will be treating you? Does the nurse practitioner know as much as the doctor in the office? Which staff member should be seeing you when you are not feeling well? There are so many people that work in a primary care practice that it can be difficult to know who should be examining you or giving you vaccines and who you should talk to when you have a real health concern. Visit my blog to learn all about the staff that makes the primary care practice work so well.
The debate around vaccines seems to become increasingly intense every single day. On one side are concerned parents who think vaccines are ineffective and full of toxins, and on the other side are people who don't want their kids to die of a measles outbreak. In spite of mudslinging from either side – both sides share a true concern over the safety of their children.
If you are parent trying to discern fact from fiction as you make decisions about immunizations, check out the following tips. They will help guide you toward responsible information:
1. Check the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control
The most reputable source for information about immunizations is the website for the Center for Disease Control. The CDC makes recommendations on what vaccines people need based on their ages and the threat levels of various disease.
The government organization also posts news, research and recommendations on which vaccines you should get from an immunization clinic if you plan to travel abroad and which vaccines to avoid if you are immunocompromised.
2. Vet any research sources you use
When you do an internet search for information about vaccines, a huge array of information appears. Before you spend hours reading blog posts or downloading e-books, carefully vet your sources.
Ask yourself, who is writing this information? Who are they connected to? Where were they educated? Do they have personal experiences that make them pro or anti-vaccines? Get the answers to those questions before you take their opinions as unbiased.
3. Remember the plural of anecdote is not data
Many stories of individual tragedy dot the vaccine debate. In many cases, these stories are misinterpretations of the science. For example, parents may see their children exhibit signs of autism after a vaccine, but further research shows that the vaccines did not cause the appearance of those symptoms. Rather, the two events just coincided.
In other cases, people have died from vaccines, but that doesn't discount the millions of lives who have been saved. Individual risk can sometimes be part of protecting social health.
4. Talk with your doctor about your concerns
If you are concerned about vaccinations due to independent research you have done, take a moment to talk with a doctor at a clinic like Rocky Mountain Family Physicians about your concerns. In most cases, the doctors at a vaccine clinic can advise you on the real risks and realities of getting a vaccine or forgoing one.Share
18 June 2015