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“Sometimes I think it can’t get any worse and then I see attacks on pregnant women who opt out of Tdap, and parents accused of being “anti-vitamin” because they opt out of a newborn vitamin K injections, autism “acceptance” (i.e. autism disregard), and pharma companies throwing tantrums because the American Academy of Pediatrics had the audacity to question a medication (which resulted in a loss of profits).
And what about ebola? We’ve had ebola outbreaks in Africa for decades…DECADES. Ironic though that it’s getting unprecedented publicity at the same time a vaccine is being developed…to address a third-world country problem a first-world country has never had. (Coincidence?)
If you’re wondering whether we would ever vaccinate our family against ebola…the answer is no. Many things factor into that decision and fear isn’t one of them.
I haven’t been able to write lately because I seriously have no clue where to start. It’s like trying to rid a sinking boat full of water with a toddler spoon and a blindfold on. What gives and what issues are affecting you?”
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Division

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Dividing all people into pro-vaccination and anti-vaccination makes the assumption that this debate is dichotomous – as if everything is all or nothing.

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Vaccine choice

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I want y’alls opinion on vaccinations. Do you or do you not think that children should get them? And maybe your reasoning behind that

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I am for vaccine choice. I don’t think its up to me to make that choice for other people. I don’t vaccinate my children any more. First because I am not sure it works - my husband is not immune for anything he has been vaccinated for and I wonder if its the same for our kids. I wonder why we don’t test for this in children. It may give us some answers on the outbreaks that occur. More importantly, my kids are sensitive and react easily. My eldest son was fully vaccinated and is now chronically ill so of course we have to do right by our younger kids and protect them from the probababilty that they would suffer in the same way. I really don’t want that. There is nothing I can think of that hurts like losing your child, having that possibility over my head is traumatic enough. The nastiness of people who believe vaccination is the only way to eradicate or control disease and seem to have no understanding of it, is boring. There are no absolutes, especially in science. We need to ask more questions and stop being so dismissive. No wonder more people are weary, its a red flag when even doctors speak harshly to a honest question. It won’t change my mind. It cannot because the name calling will not change my experiences and the love I have for my children. If you truly believe in vaccinations and have information to share, I love to learn from you. I don’t learn anything from attacks and rudeness.
This is a true story of how anti-vaccination groups came into existence.

"If you don't vaccinate your children, I hope they die, and I hope you know that you could have prevented it."

How nice of you to say?! I wish I didn't vaccinate my son and hope he will live til his 18th birthday ( doctors don't think he will). I don't want anyone to die but the reality is we all will one day. Let's make our lives worthwhile.

Anti vaccine sentiment is much older than Wakefield for the record. Vaccine history is very interesting. When smallpox vaccine was causing problems, parents were going against the powers that be and protesting in the streets. Leicester is one place that eradicated smallpox without the vaccine.

“Despite these significant shifts in scientific thinking, there has unfortunately been little actual progress made in terms of undertaking systematically broad research on the multiple factors which undergird human immunity to disease, and in turn building a system of prevention that is squarely based upon such findings. It seems ironic that ….[we] must still raise the following basic questions: Why doesn’t medical research focus on what factors in our environment and in our lives weaken the immune system? Is this too simple? too ordinary? too undramatic? Or does it threaten too many vested interests?”
http://www.vaclib.org/basic/titers-immunity.htm