The majority of Americans believe that the benefits of vaccinating their children outweigh the risks. In fact, according to a recent study from Pew Research, 82 percent of adults believe that vaccines should be required, even for healthy children. Only 10 percent of adults believe that the risks outweigh the benefits.
However, in the same study, it was found that 43 percent of parents with children aged 0-4 believe that there is a high or medium risk with vaccines for their children. This is much higher than with parents with no children under 18, where only 29 percent believe there is a high or medium risk with vaccination.
Are there risks with a vaccine?
With any medical procedure, there is a risk of side effects or injury. With vaccines and similar shots, the risk of an injury is small. However, regardless of how small the chances, injuries and serious side effects do happen. It is important that if your child is experiencing any sort of side effects or symptoms after a vaccine, that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
In very rare cases, a child may experience serious, life-changing side effects from a vaccine such as MMR, DTaP or the flu vaccine. In these cases, it may be possible to seek compensation for your child's vaccine injury. Speak with a lawyer who is experienced in these types of cases to understand your rights and options.