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Being a mother of a child who as a baby had her first immunization and became highly allergic and her legs began to swell immediately, the fear that I could loose my child from this was alot to deal with, however as she got older what I had to go through with schooling and government officials questioning me regarding not having these vaccines. I had medical records, etc, but still faced powers to be that bullied me saying is this true or are you "one of those parents"!
Now all girls are to be given a vaccine for certain so called sexually transmitted organisms even if they are not sexually active, on Oprah a doctor said do not give this to your daughters. You decide, not enough research yet. Then months later stories of many young girls becoming sick from such a vaccine. Is the government saying all parents can't control their daughters so let give them this shot, what will be next? I think parents need to take a more active roll in the day to day life of our children and be more interested and informed not the government becoming the parent for our children in health or in life.
Mandatory medical treatment that involves literally billions of dollars in profits to pharmaceutical companies makes me anxious. Polio and tetanus are vaccine success stories--and the scientists who worked on those vaccines were associated with universities, not for profits. (Salk at the University of Pittsburgh, von Behring at the University of Bonn)
The situation for recent vaccines is different; the company bringing us Gardasil (Merck) is the very same company that inflicted Vioxx on millions of Americans. Do we trust that this time they have not hidden any unfavorable research findings? With every vaccine comes some risks--seizure, Guillian-Barre syndrome, or anaphylaxis are all rare reactions, but they do happen to real children. This is the risk we take when we vaccinate, that our child won't be one of those few. Children today get 36 vaccines by the age of two, a three fold increase since 1980. Why should vaccinations against non-fatal (chicken pox) or not easily transmitted (Hepatitis B) illnesses be mandatory? It now looks like those immunized against chicken pox will need periodic boosters throughout their lives as the vaccine wears off and contracting chicken pox in adulthood can be quite serious. Getting chicken pox as a young child confers life-long immunity. Hepatitis B is transmitted primarily through sexual contact and needle sharing. Children of B+ mothers should be vaccinated at birth--but all babies are supposed to be vaccinated prior to leaving the hospital. I choose to vaccinate my children after becoming educated about the risks and benefits. However, I strongly protest the idea that the state can decide what is in my child's best medical interest better than I can.
I think parents should choose whether to immunize their children. I am a very concerned about the amount of autism that we see in our schools. I believe I am somewhat accurate on stating the autism statistics 1:500 in the past and now 1:150 I have read that some believe the high ratio is due to vaccines. I personally know a family whose daughter was absolutely healthy until her immunizations at the age of two and from that minute on she was very sick and has severe autism. Until we know the reasons why we have so many more autistic children in our world now, I think it should be the parents choice. I am very concerned because I have a new grandbaby. I want concrete evidence that immunizations are safe, 100% guaranteed!
Unless we have a complete understanding on what immunization does to a young, developing immune system and body, we shouldn't require mandatory immunization of our children.
Our immune systems have evolved over lifetimes. In the last century we've disrupted the body's natural evolvement in lieu of these new vaccines, which are not natural in any sense of the form.
Immunization is more of a convenience of not having to take time off work due to a sick child.
Become 100% informed before injecting an unnatural substance. That means research in addition to asking your doctor.
This should be left entirely to the parents to decide whether their children should be jabbed or not.
There is enough evidence from Europe to show that government organized plans tend to cause a lot of problems. You only have to look at what has gone on in Britain with their 3 jabs in one program for measles, mumps and rubella.
There is a growing body of evidence that this combined jab is actually worse for the children than 3 separate jabs but the government wants it to be made law that all children must have the 3 jab combo, even if the parents are prepared to pay to have the 3 jabs as separate jabs.
Get the State Medical Boards involved and parents will have lost yet another freedom to choose. If you want to continue to sign such freedoms over to the governement you go ahead and do so. I believe the ones who truly care will not.
In this instance, it is unfair and wrong to blame "illegals" for these diseases. The recent outbreaks of rubella (Ontario) and measles (Arizona)were both imported by citizens who had refused to immunize their children. Just as many countries require immunizations for a visa, the US might consider not allowing its residents to return from abroad without proof of immunization.
Sara frames the question as "to vaccinate or not to vaccinate?". That's a valid question. And she jumps from there to asking if STATES should require parents to immunize. Going over their heads implies parents as a group cannot be trusted to consider the larger social implications of their actions. That's a huge leap! States should NOT require all parents to immunize their children and here's why I think so. "States" are, after all, government bodies with the inherent power of law enforcement behind them. "Immunization" is, after all, a physical medical procedure. No matter how worthy we think the procedure is, do we really want an authority with the power to arrest you to enforce shooting substances into children or anyone? Let us use the power of persuasion and the principle of informed decisionmaking in order to move immunization in our country. The investigation into the moral and medical implications of immunization is just beginning. Let's keep it open, kind and alive!
Vaccinate. Illegal Immigrants are bringing i Diseases that were nearly eradicated in the USA. Illegals work in food service. Think about your unprotected college student, unvaccinated, and open to Polio and Chicken POX, and Small POX.