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    Filed at 6:30 pm under by dcobranchi

    Before I had read up on or really thought about the vaccine issue, I was at least somewhat sympathetic to the anti-vaxxers. But no more. Their religious convictions or anti-scientific “worldviews” are endangering the lives of their children and infants too young to be vaccinated. Basta!

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    Comment by
    August 22nd, 2008
    at 10:29 am

    ok, the article states that 90% of those 131 who got infected in 2008 were not vaccinated. That says to me that 10% of those infected were vaccinated. Now THAT’s scary.

    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    August 22nd, 2008
    at 1:03 pm

    Actually, it’s not that scary. Vaccines operate best when “herd immunity” occurs. Meaning, a vaccine doesn’t totally protect you against a particular illness, but if everyone’s vaccinated (or more than 90% of a population, I think) then herd immunity kicks in and everyone’s covered.

    Which is why it’s so important to have most people vaccinated. Those who don’t do so aren’t just putting their kids in danger, but others as well.

    Comment by
    August 22nd, 2008
    at 5:15 pm

    In my experience, the vast, vast majority of anti-vacciners are mothers. It is almost impossible to find an anti-vaccine study published by male doctor, or female doctor with no kids.

    I have no idea what this means.

    Comment by
    August 22nd, 2008
    at 6:55 pm

    I think a lot of the people refusing the vaccine do not realize how serious measles are. They probably never knew anyone who had measles, because most of the our generation were vaccinated. Our parents on the other hand probably do remember the outbreaks. My Mom is terrified of polio, she remembers being stuck inside because of the polio outbreaks, her cousin having it and the cousin still limps because of polio.

    When my children were small I remember being at the pediatrician’s when some parents brought in a young baby too young to be vaccinated. They had visited a state with a large unvaccinated population and the baby had gotten measles. Everyone at the office was very sad because there was little chance the baby would survive.

    Comment by
    August 22nd, 2008
    at 8:48 pm

    Fanaticism on either side isn’t really very helpful. I understand the scientific reasons why and how vaccines work. I also understand that there are certain conditions where a vaccine is not desirable.

    I vaccinated on a delayed schedule until my son had a bad reaction to the first MMR. I discontinued that vaccine after that, and my doc agreed that was the best choice to make.

    Everybody has a story…

    Comment by
    August 24th, 2008
    at 1:44 am

    I’m sympathetic to the rights of parents to determine for their own children, but with every decision and ever responsibility come consequences. It isn’t just “their” children or even just young infants. These “pockets” of unvaccinated children are a concern to parents like me because as a Christian homeschooler, I’m in one.

    My daughter takes medications which suppress her immune system which means that she can’t be immunized, nor can she be around those who are not. Suddenly I have to ask homeschool group leaders about the immunization status of other kids in the group.

    When she is taking these meds, I am supposed to have her seen by a doctor at the first sign of illness because it can be harder for her to recover. I know one of the big arguments people use is that most of these childhood diseases aren’t that deadly, but they can be. And I fear that my daughter would be one for whom the chances of adverse consequences would be greater.

    Fortunately, she does not have to take these meds all the time, only when her disease flares up. But there are children who do…and because most of the population is vaccinated, they are reasonably safe.

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    August 24th, 2008
    at 11:33 am

    Dana, I’ve said it before but I’m grateful for your clear eye and voice, especially because of the “pocket” as you call it, within which you exercise them. 🙂

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