Vaccines for Children: Are They Important? Are They Safe?
“Vaccines are important, simply put, because they save lives,” said E. Kaye Gable, MD. Gable has been practicing as a health care provider for over 30 years. During that time, she has seen diseases that cause death and significant disability in young children completely eliminated because of vaccines.
Vaccines are extraordinarily safe. In the United States, both scientific and medical communities spend a tremendous amount of effort to ensure the safety of vaccines. All people are not the same. There are the one-in-a-million times that a child may have an unrecognized condition that a vaccine will uncover – but vaccines are very safe.
If parents have questions, Gable urges parents to speak specifically with their child’s health care provider or to go to the Centers for Disease Control’s vaccine website. This resource contains reliable, unbiased information about vaccines, vaccine ingredients and the safety record of vaccines.
About the Author
Kaye Gable, MD is a pediatrician and the program director and clinical professor of pediatrics at Cone Health Pediatric Teaching Program