Vaccination of children from infancy and up to the age of 16 has long been active in Sweden. Since it is voluntary to participate in the vaccination program, a few people opt-out, even though most choose to participate. There have long been suspicions that vaccination of children can lead to autism, specifical vaccination against measles. The information came from an article written in 1998. It has later emerged that the article contained falsified information and was deliberately misleading. In the years that have passed, no connection has been proven between measles and autism. The increasing number who do not vaccinate their children has led to the return of various diseases, which have been almost eradicated.
Risks with childhood vaccination:
The risk of autism with vaccination against measles is not proven in any way. Still, there may be a few risks of vaccinating children. However, these are extremely rare, and the benefits of vaccination outweigh. Vaccination can have its side effects, but most go away on their own within a few days, such as fever or soreness around the injection site. Getting severe side effects like allergic reactions is exceptionally uncommon. Failure to vaccinate a child can lead to more severe illness in adulthood.
Benefits of vaccinating children:
The most significant advantage of vaccinating children is preventing the child from being infected by any severe disease and thus contributing to the further spread of infection. Vaccination at an early age also prevents the onset of childhood diseases later in adulthood as the disease can become more serious. In cases where the majority of all children in a country are vaccinated, it can eradicate a disease.