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Immunizations, Their Safety & Role in Integrative Medicine

In recent years, the media and general public put immunizations under the microscope, questioning whether or not they are safe and a necessary part of protecting children from infection and disease. One of the most visible proponents against immunizations, The View talk show host Jenny McCarthy, strongly claims that her son’s autism developed as a result of his childhood immunizations. McCarthy’s assessment of her son’s autism is not supported by any medical documentation, and scientists and physicians agree that immunizations are safe, and a very important part of your child’s safety.

Opinions such as McCarthy’s should not be taken as fact, and have been found completely unmerited by extensive research and case studies. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s vaccinations Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville will be happy to address them. Dr. Aylin Ozdemir, winner of the 2012 and 2011 Patients’ Choice Award, has her fellowship in Integrative Medicine and is a specialist in treating children with both the safest and most effective forms of traditional and alternative medicine.

It is a misconception that integrative medicine physicians oppose immunizations due to their holistic background. Dr. O is an advocate of immunizations, stressing their importance in the complete picture of children’s health.  As a mother of a child with special needs, Dr. O understands parents’ concerns about these types of health issues, and wants to put any speculation about immunization safety to rest. Immunizations are one of the greatest advancements in medicine, almost completely eliminating deadly diseases from our history such as polio, measles, whooping cough, and diphtheria. They can save your child’s life.

If we stop vaccinating our children these types of diseases could return, causing the rapid spread of infection, ultimately undoing the progress we have made in protecting future generations. As a result, immunizations are vital for protecting our children, and therefore play an important role in the complete human dynamic addressed by integrative medicine.

How do immunizations work?

When you contract a serious virus, your body (or your child’s body) becomes invaded by germs. These germs start reproducing at an alarming rate, causing you to feel sick. Your immune system is responsible for protecting the body against germs and infection. When germs enter the body, and start to spread, your body starts producing antibodies to destroy the germs, and protect you against future germs of the same type.

This is why; when we were children we only had the chicken pox once. After our body developed the antibodies to protect us from these specific germs, we developed immunity against this itchy virus. Today, our children don’t have to go through the painful itchiness of chicken pox—we now have a vaccine against it. Did your mom or dad have to tape socks on your hands so you wouldn’t itch yourself? Do you remember being covered with itch cream to try to take the edge off? Your kids will never have to deal with this.

Simply put, immunizations give your child the immunity they need to protect against a disease without it ever having to make them sick.

If you have a child between the ages of 0-6 visit our vaccinations page to learn more about when, and what types of vaccinations your child needs. If your child is above the age of 6 contact our office today to learn more about how you can protect your child with immunizations.

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