I'm pro vaccine.
January 11, 2016 1:28pm CST
There are very few things I actually judge people on or don't at least respect their opinion. I may have my own personal opinions about things, but I never shove them down other peoples throats, because I understand we are all different so we do things differently. No two people are the same, and I respect that. Now that matter of respect tends to go away when someone's choice puts those around them in danger. I am aware taking my stance on this may get me attacked, but at this point I honestly don't care. I am pro vaccines. No child should be put at risk simply because parents choose not to vaccinate their children. There are children with compromised immune systems that can't get sick that are relying on herd immunity, and parents with perfectly healthy children should have to get their children vaccinated. Vaccines do NOT cause autism, they have proven it, and the man who wrote that has gotten in some trouble over it. Vaccines for the most part are safe, definitely much safer than not getting them at all. Even IF the autism thing were true, you would rather your child risk death than have autism? That's what it sounds like to me. Yes, plenty of children do fend off measles and chicken pox and survive, but there also children who die because of it, it can be serious. I would rather not risk my child's health when there is a way to avoid it. My son gets all of his vaccines when he's supposed to, I will not put my child or any other child at risk because I refuse to have my perfectly healthy child be vaccinated. There are certain groups of people who can not be vaccinated, and they rely on the rest of us to be vaccinated. The reason for the sudden outbreaks of previously eradicated from the US anyway is because of parents refusing to vaccinate their children, and thus putting others at risk. To me the only way you should have a right to choose is if your child has certain medical conditions that the vaccine could potentially make worse. I have faith in our doctors and pharmacists. They know what they're doing. The fact that a lot of diseases have been eradicated from the US is not a coincidence. If you can spare your child the pain of having to deal with certain diseases then you should. I had chicken pox as a kid, I don't want my son to go through that if he doesn't have to. It's painful. I am aware that there are those out there who don't believe in vaccines, and while that may your right to believe that, you shouldn't be able to take something like that into your own hands when it can hurt those around you.
• United States
12 Jan 16
It's OK to be different, but it's not OK to put your kids at risk if they're perfectly healthy. I get some kids can't have it due to various reasons, and that's OK, but the ones who can have it should, and it should be mandatory to go to school unless they have medical reasons why they can't.
• United States
11 Jan 16
I have to agree with you. I think it's utterly ridiculous how the misinformation has spread, especially because we know for a fact that Wakefield altered patient histories in the study that proved the link between vaccines and autism. The way it's taken off after certain celebrities got on the bandwagon... well, is it surprising that we've had outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that haven't really been seen in years? It isn't so bad when you have a few isolated individuals who aren't vaccinated, but when you get large clusters popping up, the 'herd immunity' of everyone else around them won't help. And we're talking about diseases that frequently kill or disable those who are infected by them... It's not only stupid, it's criminally negligent.