Herd Immunity and Unvaccinated Children

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Herd Immunity and Unvaccinated Children
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Sun, 01-11-2009 - 8:49pm

Some info to read over and maybe debate a bit. :)


If the word "vaccine" immediately strikes fear in your heart, then you likely came of age not in a time dominated by worries about polio, but in a time when vaccines make news because of side effects ranging from mild irritation to death. The most notable example is probably the debate regarding the claim (not supported by any scientific studies thus far) that the thimerosal in certain childhood vaccines may have led to an increase in autism. These days, the public has serious doubts about whether it's worth protecting herd immunity at the cost of exposing children to these risks.



That means that levels of vaccinations have dropped dramatically, particularly in certain parts of the United States where exemption from vaccinations is granted for religious, philosophical or personal reasons. In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that while 90 percent of all American children had received most of the necessary vaccinations, about 1 percent of all children hadn't received any shots .



Parents who forego vaccinations can rely on herd immunity -- for now. Children who aren't immunized are protected by the children that did get vaccinations; some parents who did take the risk of a vaccination, however, consider this freeloading . However, as vaccination rates drop, the safety of the herd, particularly its weakest members, can become compromised.


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Sun, 01-11-2009 - 11:15pm
Because he profits greatly from vaccines.
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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 8:27am

Because he profits greatly from vaccines


Why does it always amount to money. Many people make numerous amounts of money of stuff people believe is wrong but that doesnt mean they dont know nothing. He went to school, went to university, he is very academic. I think the point is because you are anti vax you are obviously going to be against him ( since he is pro- vax)

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 8:30am

What I'm saying (in more than one post) is that your references, like a lot of provax references, ONLY credit vaccines and give no mention of environmental issues or living conditions. They are written to make people think that vaccines are the only reason for decreased diseases. That is misinformation.


But you are only against vaccines not the enviroment. The enviroment/ living conditions would be you're side to prove wouldnt it? Since that is what the anti vax'ers rely on with there childs natural immunity. Or am i wrong?

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 11:06am

What kind of statistics are you using to say that "nearly everyone is vaccinated"?


90% of Americans are vaccinated. It is stated in nearly every

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 11:19am

Someone with monetary ties to something isn't the most credible source for someone questioning that with which they are involved.

A WalMart CEO wouldn't be the best person to reference if talking about buying locally vs buying corporately.

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 11:20am
It's not something I need to prove. Improved living conditions throughout the years is a fact. Improved living conditions in America vs south Africa is a fact. They are facts that your sources leave out because they want people to believe that the only thing to thank or better health is vaccines.
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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 11:27am
Please give links to these sources.
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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 11:51am

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Oh for goodness sakes.

 

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 1:01pm

All I'm implying is that the SOURCES the OTHER POSTER USED were only giving credit to vaccines as being the end all be all of better health through the ages. It's simply misinformation to neglect to give credit to environmental issues and living conditions when talking about health improving in an area.

Maybe you and I know that these things should be given credit but, there are many out there who are making already ignorant decisions and need to be given ALL the information.

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Mon, 01-12-2009 - 1:06pm
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