Thursday, July 10, 2014

To Vaccinate or Not. That is the question.

 There have been recent news items reporting the return of certain diseases.  The most recent is small pox.  Others include measles.

One of the reasons for this is the policy of discontinuing vaccinations.  That's the case with small pox.  I was vaccinated but as time went by it was thought the disease had been wiped out so  my children and grand children were not.  It's not serious enough to reconsider this policy yet but it may come to that.

The emergence of some of the other diseases normally associated with childhood I believe has to do with the decision of some parents to delay or even forgo immunization shots for their children.  The reason for this is the belief by many that there's a correlation between vaccinations and the prevalence of autism.  This belief is based on a study done some time ago in Great Britain and subsequently published in the British medical journal Lancet.  The study has since been completely discredited.  There is no truth whatsoever to the conclusions it drew. Yet, the belief persists. 

The bottom line is vaccinate your children.  By not doing so you put them and others at great risk. Be responsible. 

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