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Moms Talk: Should You Vaccinate Your Child?

A report from the Associated Press shows that more parents are opting out of vaccines for their children.

Before heading off to school kids typically receive a slew of vaccines but that's changing. 

According to a recent study, parents are becoming increasingly skittish of vaccinations, and experts have seen a small rise in the amount of kids opting out of vaccines. 

The report says parents' reasons for refraining from the vaccines vary. Why do you think parents are opting out of vaccines? Did your child receive all the required vaccines before starting school?  

AnnMarie Gubenko November 30, 2011 at 08:00 PM
I vaccinate. My doctors have always worked with me on spreading them out so not all are given at the same time. I have two kids with Cystic Fibrosis and we've never had a problem with their vaccines.
Charles Hardin December 01, 2011 at 12:18 AM
I am cautious about vaccines for my daughter. The drug companies are pushing so hard and I think they are placing profit before safety. If all the studies say that vaccines are safe, why is there a Vaccine Court set up by our government to handle all the vaccine claims? If all the studies are safe, why is there currently a $2,000,000,000.00 fund set-up by the drug companies to pay off the families who have children who are damaged by the vaccines? And what about the trouble with this Gardasil thing? There are 30 to 40 families that say their child was killed by Gardasil? And now, California passed a law this fall that mandates the vaccine for all girls as young as 12 years old, without parental consult. As in- "Hi Mom, today at school, I had a cheesburger for lunch, had a pop quiz in chemistry, and oh yeah, I was vaccinated with Gardasil in third period.".
John Gordon December 01, 2011 at 12:41 PM
No one should vaccinate there children! Have you looked at what is in a shot? Are all childrens systems the same? How can one synthetic (developed in a lab) be good for all? You take the risk...not with my kids and they are all fine and healthy! Its almost as funny as people running into Walgreens to get flu shots? Are you serious?
Jamie Martin December 01, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Agreed Nate. The herd immunity is working quite well. When it starts to fail because many people opt out of vaccinations, those people will be up in arms and looking for someone to blame. I don't want to rely on other people keeping their immune system boosted in order to reduce the chance of passing around disease. Most people can't even eat healthy and get enough sleep, so I'm not taking my chances with that route. Medicine is not exact. There are risks. If you look at the odds of getting sick because of the vaccination, in my opinion, it is worth the risk. If we start skipping vaccinations, the odds of getting one of the deadly or debilitating diseases will be higher than the chance of getting sick or death from a vaccination.
Patty Wagner December 01, 2011 at 07:40 PM
I have my kids vaccinated, and vaccinate on the recommended schedule. I'm grateful that the research scientists have developed vaccines for many devastating illnesses, and hope that my grandchildren can be spared from even more illnesses.

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