Medical Questions » Vaccinations, Children Questions » Question No. 1003
Question:Should I give my baby the diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus vaccinations, or are the side effects dangerous?
Answer:All children should receive the full course of vaccines to ptotect them against these serious diseases unless there are very good medical grounds not to use them. Unfortunately, some parents through ignorance or ill-informed advice are not vaccinating their children, and the diseases of whooping cough and diphtheria are increasing in the community. Tetanus is always with us, and is potentially able to infect any wound. All three diseases may be fatal, may cause brain damage and may cause chronic ill health. The risk of vaccination is infinitesimal, and when compared to the potential side effects of any one of these diseases, it is a far preferable course of action. Another person (adult or child) only has to breathe the infecting germs in the direction of your child and he or she may catch one of these dread diseases. Please vaccinate your child now!
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