The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released some new information regarding vaccination use in the state of Oklahoma.
The CDC reports more parents are deciding not to vaccinate their children. Recent studies show last school year there was a 3 percent decrease of children getting vaccinated from the previous year. It’s a choice local doctors say their patients are making.
“It’s not a matter of not having to. It’s a matter of choosing not to. I do have some that choose not to because of religious reasons–it’s not the most common reason. The most common reason is they are worried about side effects from the vaccines,” says Dr. Jequita Snyder, Mercy Family Medicine Clinic of Miami.
Snyder says there are some risks associated with getting your children vaccinated.
“There is a risk of anaphylactic reaction those are less than 1 in a million, there is a theoretical risk of particular gallium baray with the flu vaccine but again that’s less than 1 to 2 per million that get the vaccine,” says Dr. Snyder.
But she believes all children should get vaccinated.
“Vaccines may not be 100% effective maybe you respond 80% instead of 100%. If you get the illness particularly like the flu then you don’t get as sick with it as you might have if you didn’t have the vaccine. It also prevents the spread because there’s so many kids that are in daycare so many kids that are in school in closed environments and if one kid get it then it spreads around,” says Dr. Snyder.