Are you qualified?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Are you qualified?
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Tue, 07-29-2008 - 3:51pm

Are you qualified to research vaccine safety and make a decision for or against their use in your children?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-18-2007
Wed, 07-30-2008 - 12:27am

In some respects just being a parent qualifies you as you should know what is going into your child's body and how that may or may not impact them. In my eyes, it seems like a parental duty.

Now on an educational level, I have done post-masters level studies in educational psychology and through my studies was well trained in reading, undertanding, and interpreting studies outlined in professional journals. Additionally, I use statistics, standard scores, percentiles, etc. in my professional life and was also well trained in this area, so I understand them quite well.

Great question!!

Cindy

DD 02/21/2008
DS 04/09/1995

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Wed, 07-30-2008 - 2:06pm

"In some respects just being a parent qualifies you as you should know what is going into your child's body and how that may or may not impact them. In my eyes, it seems like a parental duty."

I agree that's very much what I was about to type - that my sole qualification is being responsible for my child. But it is a good question.

For those that blindly follow the herd... are they following the knowledge of people with PhD after their names and thus years of schooling. Does that make it ok to follow the recommendations of the CDC etc without doing your "own research?" Should all parents vaccinating or not do their "own research?"

What constitutes your "own research" and what makes you "qualified" to interpret that research? Do you need to have completed courses in vaccinology, statistics, research methodology, microbiology, epidemiology, immunology, etc to be "qualified?" to do your "own research"?

Have you ever asked your Dr when they last took a course on vaccines? Who is was provided by (pharma/COI)? If they have read the most recent versions of the CDC pink book, are they up-to-date on the most recent vaccine literature/studies/etc? That is, does your medical practitioner keep up-to-date on vaccine issues?

Interesting topic and I am hoping more people reading this topic will chime in! :)






iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Thu, 07-31-2008 - 10:15am


Having some of the above, part of my problem lies within the dissection of the human body - treating pieces and parts with a specialist for that part or piece.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 07-31-2008 - 12:56pm

Interesting question indeed. Most that receive training receive what they're taught. What if what they're taught is either irrelevant, out of date, not applicable, or not fully studied or understood?


What makes me qualified? I'm a mom. My children are my responsibility. It's my job and duty to know what and everything goes on with them, to include laws that surround them. Whether that be what's injected into them, what they eat, who they associate with, what they do, what they speak, etc.. etc... etc...


Do I need to work at NASA to be able to read the COI's in Pharma/CDC/FDA/NIH/AAP/Politics, etc... Nope! Do I need to be Einstein to read and interpret the study of the ghostwriting of studies? Nuh-uh! Do I need to have 10 letter identifiers

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