A measles outbreak?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2013
A measles outbreak?
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Wed, 08-28-2013 - 11:07am

What on earth is wrong with parents that they are not getting their children measles vaccines? I just saw a news report about the outbreak in Texas of measles from people who are against vaccinations. They think thousands could have been exposed. I don't understand this-what are people thinking? Not only have they put their children at risk from preventable diseases but they have put the rest of us at risk as well. Why is this happening?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 10:21am

If you are vaccinated against the measles you should have nothing to worry about at all.  There are some of us that choose to not vaccinate our children for health reasons that could be just as bad or worse than what they could contract without the vaccinations.  And that is our right as a parent to make those health decisions for our children.  You could easily say that the person traveling overseas should have been vaccinated before they went overseas, or made sure they didn't contract anything while overseas before exposing anyone to it also.  The article said the person that brought it back was a visitor to the church, I don't know if it indicates whether or not that person was vaccinated. 

In this case, as a non-vaccinating mother, I don't agree that people should just blindly follow a religion like this, it was very easy for them to not bother to do their research, follow what their religion says and then just as easily change their minds as soon as they came into contact with the possibility of getting the measles.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2013
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 11:47am

Hello Tracy. Thank you for replying. I am not a mom but I am trying to understand why a mother would make a decision not to vacinate against those horrible diseases. (not trying to debate or convince) Are you not afraid of what they could do to your child?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-18-2012
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 12:10pm

[quote=arryl]<p>If you are vaccinated against the measles you should have nothing to worry about at all.  There are some of us that choose to not vaccinate our children for health reasons that could be just as bad or worse than what they could contract without the vaccinations.  And that is our right as a parent to make those health decisions for our children. 

Agreed.  It is your right as a parent to make these decisions.  And if you have vaccinated your children, there should be no worry.  We do vaccinate, but on a modified schedule.  Each family has to make a decision for themselves based on what is right for their family and the research they have done.  I'm not going to judge either way.  

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 12:41pm

alviejo1o wrote:
<p>Hello Tracy. Thank you for replying. I am not a mom but I am trying to understand why a mother would make a decision not to vacinate against those horrible diseases. (not trying to debate or convince) Are you not afraid of what they could do to your child?</p>

We have several issues on my husband's side of the family and after much research and debate, yes, we decided it was a better idea health wise not to vaccinate based on what is in the vaccination.  We are very vigilent in what we do with the kids health wise, keeping their immune systems up and strong, the foods they eat, vitamins, probiotics, etc.  We understand that we take the chance of them being exposed and catching "vaccine preventable" diseases and are comfortable with those decisions.  Obviously once they turn 18 and are able to make those decisions, they are free to get those vaccinations if they wish.  My ODD from before I was married was fully vaccinated, except she has not had the guardisil vaccination.  She is 18 now and getting ready to leave for college, and has not been sexually active yet.  It is now her decision if she wants to be vaccinated or not.  I trust that I have raised her to looked at whatever information she needs to to make a decision. 

There are also "homeopathic vaccinations" called nosodes that can be given by a naturopath if you think you've been exposed or are in an area of high exposure or an outbreak of infections of chicken pox, measles, TB, whooping cough, typhode fever, etc.  These oral vaccinations do not have the questionable ingredients that are in the regular vaccinations currently administered.  We aren't opposed to vaccinations, we are opposed to all the ingredients in the vaccines.  

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