Thursday, August 21, 2008

Vaccination Frustration

I've written about this subject several times, but here's yet another article on the effects of free-loaders on the US vaccination program.

"Measles cases in the U.S. are at the highest level in more than a decade, with nearly half of those involving children whose parents rejected vaccination, health officials reported Thursday."

I don't get it. I just don't.


Robbin said...

It is because anyone much younger than I am does not remember a time when people died of these diseases. They do not understand that measles and mumps and pertussis are not annoyance illnesses, like a bad head cold. They are diseases that kill.

They don't understand that the key to eradication is immunization - it is the only way to reduce the reservoir that these diseases occupy.

And they are grasping for a straw man to blame for autism. And none of them can see that it is, indeed, a straw man.

And because, fundamentally, we live in a country that can't decide if they mistrust their government or science more.

Tari said...

I know - but it's still frustrating. And some of the kids getting measles are partially vaccinated - so even if you're in the process of doing the right thing, you can be blind-sided by someone who's bucking the system and not vaccinating at all.

I don't want to live in a world where the GOVERNMENT makes you do such things, but I wish people had a little more sense.

Anonymous said...

I have a hard time with this issue - one the one hand, I'm pro-vaccination myself, and agree that not keeping up with immunizations, if it happens in great enough numbers, will lead to a resurgence of these diseases.

On the other, I have so much compassion and empathy for parents who strongly believe they are protecting their children from autism, which is rampant, that I can't really blame them. Until science definitively proves there is no correlation (and I think we will get there - right now they "say" there is no correlation, but it's pretty nebulous - until we can prove where autism DOES orignate, I think the vaccination-link belief will continue), there is enough tangenital evidence for those against vaccinations to make a case for it.

And let's not jump on the government-required vaccination bandwagon - living in Texas with Governor Perry's HPV mandate, I am NOT in favor of going down that road.