Recent studies have shown living on busy roads being a contributor of cases of autism ..due to mass fumes being ingested by the mother ..
Another FACT is that unvaccinated babies may DIE from whooping cough, or may be left BRAIN DAMAGED if they survive. That's why I was terrified of it when my son was a newborn - and that fear was completely justified because this disease is becoming more prevalent due to declining vaccination rates.
I think it's time I posted another link to the Australian Academy of Science's new document 'The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers': http://www.science.org.au/policy/immunisation.html
The document above has been published by a very highly qualified group of Australian scientists and doctors aiming to dispel the countless myths about immunisation being peddled on the Internet.
Frankly, it's just plain arrogant when lay people claim to know better than such medical professionals. But you know what? If people just came out and said "I haven't vaccinated my child because I'm afraid of these possible side effects that everyone's talking about on the Internet", then maybe things could be discussed in a more rational manner, because then at least they're admitting that they're unsure and they need more information. And that's when you seek the counsel of a QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL to have your questions answers, NOT go digging around on the Net.
We're allowed to be afraid of the 'what ifs' in life - it's part-and-parcel of being a parent. But the FACT is that there is a much more real chance that our children will contract whooping cough or tetanus or measles and end up fighting for their lives than there is that vaccines might be behind an unproven (or even disproven) rise in autism or food allergies or ADHD or whatever other medical condition we're afraid of and don't really understand. And that's why I choose to vaccinate my children - to protect them from the real, proven threats.
In an ideal world, this entire discussion would only be debated on proven facts instead of unproven theories borne out of fear.
On the flip side, there are vaccines specific to other countries that you ought to receive when you travel there (ie rabies, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, etc). Polio is a world-wide threat, whereas the other diseases I mentioned are animal- or mosquito-borne.
Last edited by SeaShanty; 07-12-2012 at 13:03.
I always love when pro vaxes get on their soap boxes and take dogs at non or delayed vaxers its all so predictable.
Non vaxers are to blame for it all gotcha, so if a not fully vaxed kid gives it to another not fully vaxed kid (because of age they are fully done) is it then that kids fault or only if its a non vaxing family. It is possible for a children who are not fully vaccinated to still get these and pass it on.
You can dicount people's feelings all you want the truth is its their right to do their research and do what they want with their kids. I would bet the majority of non vaxers have done more research than the majority of vaxers because not vaxing takes research to come to the conclusion you dont want to vax where as most people who vax do so because its what they are told to do.
...oh give me strength!
Not one person said that non vaxxers are "to blame for it all", no one said vaccinated children couldn't pass on illnesses ( though it is less likely) and to claim people who vax don't do as much research is presumptuous in the extreme. And people who vax rely on the fact that the research has been done for them by qualified scientists. Years of study and research has been used to formulate the current vax schedule. I'm not a scientist myself so yes, I trust the professionals to do it for me. There is no logical reason a govt would set out o fund a program to make us sick or autistic.
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