There is a current outbreak in Ireland, and it says that 88% of those infected in Cork have never been vaccinated.
“Most of the children infected in Cork are teenagers and 88 per cent of cases have never received any dose of MMR vaccine. This large and rapidly spreading outbreak is a major concern not only to people in west Cork but for the whole of Ireland,” Dr Kelleher said.
That is true with whooping cough - but then again, the vaccinations for WC only last between 5-9 years, it is a bugger of a disease, and doesn't look like there is anyway to stop it. Whereas vaccinations for measles - if you have had the 2 doses are effective for life in 95% of people.
double post.. but meant to say apart from those who are CO to vaxxing obviously in my last statement...
I just strongly feel that if you CAN be vaxxed then you should be, for your protection and that of the community. Adults and children. Redness is not, IMO, a good enough reason not to vax. Neither is any other minor reaction. Parents can opt to vax kids at the hospital just in case there is a stronger reaction.
If there is a medical reason to delay or not vax that's fine, and hopefully the fact that my family is vaxxed offers some protection, via herd immunity, to those who are unable to receive vaccinations themselves.
I have never, ever seen one shred of evidence to not vaccinate in general. I have, on the other hand, read and read about numerous studies widely accepted in both the scientific and medical communities to support vaccinating.
Yes, some people have bad reactions. But numbers prove you are more likely to have a bad reaction from the actual disease. These diseases have killed huge numbers in the past or caused life long health problems for countless people, and we have the ability to severely minimise the chances of catching these illnesses. Groups like the AVN and similar organisations push anti vax rhetoric and false information (like that SIDS did not exist before vaccines, vaccines cause autism/cancer etc) and I cannot for the life of me understand their motive in doing so.
Sorry, bit off topic there! /end rant
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