Before Vaccinating Your Child, Here’s What You Should Know

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With all the constant showing of back-to-school commercials from Target to Staples, it’s pretty clear that back-to-school season is officially in full effect. But, along with purchasing new clothes and new school supplies come vaccinations. If you’re a parent of a young child or teenager, then this is probably at the top of your list to talk with your doctor about.

In recent years, more and more parents have begun questioning just how safe vaccines really are for their children and themselves even. Many parents are somewhat confused when it comes to vaccinations and the effects they can have on their child.

BlackDoctor.org teamed up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a board-certified family physician, assistant professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and on-air health expert (The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and more), to help give you more insight as to what you really need to know before your child gets vaccinated.

There is no link between vaccines and autism.

“Sometimes we hear about personal opinions more than we hear about the actual science and most medical organizations and clinicians with myself included feel very strongly that there is no establishment between vaccines and autism. For the most part, vaccines are very, very safe. There are potential consequences, but that’s with anything. What we know is that being protected from some of these diseases is far more important and greater than the risks of any of these vaccines potentially poses. Just to be very clear, the link between autism and vaccines has not been supported by science and it’s very important that children get their vaccines. Vaccines don’t cause autism.”

Keep up with your children’s immunization records.

“This is really going to come in handy when kids get to high school and college when they need to play sports in school. Oftentimes, parents don’t keep copies of their child’s immunization records, so I recommend that parents keep a personal copy and update it as your child is getting their shots.”