Child Who Didn’t Get Flu Shot is Florida’s 1st Pediatric Flu Death
As the nation struggles with skepticism over the safety of the flu shot, an unvaccinated child became the state’s first pediatric flu death.
A new study reveals there’s still a great deal of confusion and mistrust over the flu shot.
That’s despite data showing 80% of pediatric flu deaths last year were among unvaccinated children.
Under normal conditions, that statistic alone should be more than enough to get parents to vaccinate their children. If I were a parent, it would certainly convince me.
According to CBS News, a survey by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital found that more than half of parents think their child can get the flu from the flu shot.
The survey found that 30 percent of parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy.
A conspiracy of what? A conspiracy to accomplish what?
The survey also found that 28 percent of parents think the flu vaccine causes autism.
That’s despite the claim that childhood vaccinations cause autism was debunked ages ago.
There are plenty of other misconceptions out there.
The myth about flu shots causing the flu rather than preventing it is really a matter of timing, according to Dr. Jean Moorjani, a board-certified pediatrician at Arnold Palmer Hospital, ScienceDaily.com reported:
Moorjani says many parents are unaware that it takes about two weeks after getting the vaccine for the body to build up antibodies to adequately protect against the flu, during which someone is still susceptible to contracting the virus. When someone gets sick within that time period, they may incorrectly assume that the flu was caused by the shot.
I think it’s truly a shame that in the information age, there’s so much misinformation out there. And it’s even worse that the misinformation from conspiracy theories might be putting children at risk.
Protect your kids! Get the flu shot!