Lloyd Takao, MD, heads an independent pediatrics practice located in Orinda, California. There, Dr. Lloyd Takao advises parents on various important measures to protect their children’s health, including vaccinations.
In recent years, some parents have been choosing not to have their children receive doctor-recommended vaccines, or to delay the administration of these vaccines. Health experts warn that this can have a number of negative consequences for the child.
First of all, the child will be vulnerable to sicknesses normal childhood vaccines could have prevented, many of which can lead to major health consequences or even death. Should an outbreak of one of these diseases occur in a community, it may be too late for the child to receive the vaccine and be adequately protected.
Parents should also keep in mind that the child’s vaccination’s status must be disclosed to schools. Should instances of the disease occur within the area, school administrators might require that the child stay home, causing him or her to miss out on classes and social events.
Additionally, a child who has not received vaccines may need to undergo additional testing and evaluation by medical professionals should he or she fall ill. This is because doctors cannot rule out certain diseases that they could for a child who received his or her vaccines. The unvaccinated child might even need to be treated in isolation, since a potential infection could put infants and others in the area at risk.