Get tough on immunization

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Registered: 11-05-2003
Get tough on immunization
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Tue, 04-01-2008 - 1:58pm

Article published Sunday, March 30, 2008
Get tough on immunization

IN THE interest of public health, states must make it tougher for parents to get exemptions from having their children immunized against disease.

Although 90 percent of the nation's children who are old enough for vaccinations get them, it's worrisome that more parents are refusing, typically on the basis of unproven or specious medical information spread via the Internet.

Vaccines have helped make the population healthier and many diseases rare or, like polio, nearly nonexistent. Other, once-common diseases - chicken pox, measles, mumps, tetanus, and pertussis - are also hardly heard of, thanks to vaccines.

But this progress might be reversed if children aren't properly protected. The New York Times reports that the number of immunization exemptions granted around the country has been growing since the 1990s, raising concern among epidemiologists, public health officials, and physicians.

In San Diego, for example 12 children contracted measles this year. Three were too young for vaccination, but the parents of nine had refused to have them immunized. Such "clusters" of unvaccinated children pose a greater threat to entire communities, public health officials warn.

Twenty states - including Ohio, Texas, and California - let parents claim exemption for personal beliefs. Perhaps that's too lenient.

No vaccine can ever be 100 percent safe for every child, but the chance of injury due to immunization is remote.

Immunization is a fundamental tenet of public health. If anything, such programs must be strengthened by timely and consistent education on the facts rather than weakened by false information.

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080330/OPINION02/803300305

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Tue, 04-01-2008 - 5:03pm

*sigh*


It's kind of sad to read something like that.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2007
Wed, 04-02-2008 - 7:58am

I'm curious - if exemptions are taken away and children forcibly vaccinated against parents wishes, and if something should happen to that child as a result of an AE, can those responsible for the mandated policies then be charged as terorrists with WMD's?


iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2007
Wed, 04-02-2008 - 8:06am
And what I really hate about these opinion pieces... 1) no name; 2) no places for comments.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2003
Wed, 04-02-2008 - 9:25am

ITA Jamie and Randi.

What ever happened to the concept of choice?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Wed, 04-02-2008 - 10:41am

Perhaps not on the WMD part ;)

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2007
Wed, 04-02-2008 - 11:18am

;-) - it was a "semi joke".... But yeah - I hear ya...


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Perhaps not on the WMD part ;)

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Registered: 10-03-2005
Wed, 04-02-2008 - 1:21pm
Gotta love how they think we make uninformed decisions!
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Registered: 12-27-2005
Wed, 04-02-2008 - 2:37pm

We don't either.

 

Tracy - wife to Ron since 9/9/03, mom to college sophomore, Jason (18), high school Junior Chase