A child’s health and happiness are inextricably linked.
But for many families, even their own health is in jeopardy.
The first signs of the virus appear about three weeks after a child is vaccinated, and there is a risk of respiratory and neurological damage if they are not vaccinated.
But even if you’re not vaccinated, your child may still have a genetic predisposition to the disease.
“If you are not vaccinating, you are potentially giving your child a risk factor,” said Dr. Richard Dolan, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“You are also putting your child at risk for complications, including pneumonia, which could be more severe and more deadly.”
Dr. Dolan said that when he first got the call that he was about to receive the first vaccine, he didn’t even know if he had a problem.
“It was a bit scary, but I was just excited,” he said.
He said that he knew his family was not immune to the risk.
But now, Dr. Dorman said, he worries about his daughter.
“I have to tell you, I’m very worried,” he told NBC News.
“The first vaccine is the only thing I have that I can rely on, and my other vaccines are not very good.”
For now, he is keeping his daughter on a diet of only fresh vegetables and fruits, and keeping her away from any kind of processed foods.
But if his daughter becomes sick, he wants to make sure he gets all the other vaccines.
“My advice is that I should not let her go to the doctor,” he added.
“If I have a problem, then I will go to my pediatrician.”
In the meantime, he’s looking to make his daughter feel safe again, and he says he is taking her to doctors when she becomes sick.
“What if she has asthma?
What if she’s not able to breathe, and she is coughing, and I have to give her some inhaler?” he said of his daughter, who has asthma.
“So we will see what happens.”
But Dr. Hessler says he’s not worried.
“She has been vaccinated, she’s never had an allergic reaction to any of the vaccines,” he explained.
“She is protected.
She’s never been exposed to anything like this before.”
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