Vaccinating children is a very important decision for parents to make. It is practice to protect their children from various types of life-threatening diseases, so it must be done carefully and by taking into account the risk and health factors. As said by experts vaccines are made from ingredients that works by making the immune system strong enough to recognize and combat pathogens, either viruses or bacteria.
According to MedilinePlus there are four types of vaccines currently available:
- Live virus vaccines: Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine are examples.
- Killed (inactivated) vaccines: Made from a protein or other small pieces taken from a virus or bacteria. Prominent example of this is whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine
- Toxoid vaccines: That contain a toxin or chemical made by the bacteria or virus. They make the child immune to the harmful effects of the infection, instead of to the infection itself. Such as diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.
- Biosynthetic vaccines: Contain man made substances that are very similar to pieces of the virus or bacteria. The Hepatitis B vaccine is an example.
But as parents doubt the short-term and long-term effects of vaccination, homeopathy, a forerunner of conventional is considered to be an alternative for vaccines. Many researchers argue on this statement. Homeopathy attempts to offer two clear alternatives for mothers who have second thoughts about the results of vaccinating children . The first is as a complete substitute to vaccination and the second means of damage limitation for the ill-effects of conventional vaccinations.
However the affirmation of this is yet to be decided.