Last edited by Wally90; 28-03-2014 at 08:34.
Yes, deciding whether or not to vaccinate is a decision, I wouldn't have it any other way personally (though part of me feels differently, I will admit) but there are facts and there is misinformation. You and I , emily173, we can access the exact same information here on the net. And believe me, I've read a lot of it. I've read studies, journal articles, medical reports, blogs, websites both govt and private. I'm not a doctor. I'm lucky to know some pretty highly educated folks who've helped me to learn how to understand what I'm reading. The facts are there for anyone to see though:
Vaccines work. Vaccines are safe and effective for the vast majority of people. Vaccines have been the single most useful and effective tool in disease prevention that the world has EVER seen. Not hand washing, not organic food, not vitamin supplements- vaccines. This is fact, well supported by scientific evidence. We also acknowledge there is a risk but that it is very minimal.
It's not a cult. Vaccines are not a religious choice. If you choose not to vaccinate your children, that is certainly your choice. You might feel people like me are trying to marginalise you and your family. The simple fact is that not vaccinating has more than one consequence. Not only are your children much more likely to contact a vax preventable illness, there is bound to be social consequences. When my youngest was a baby and too young to vax I insisted everyone have the WC vax before coming into contact. I've read too many case studies of parents losing their babies to WC. So if you and I were friends, no way would your family have been welcome to visit. This is not to "marginalise" you- this is to protect my family. Some VPDs are so highly contagious- take measles for example- if 10 unvaxxed people are exposed to it, at least 9 of them will contract it. By exposed, I mean they are in the same room, you know, like a dr's waiting room? And they are often contagious before the most obvious measles symptoms kick in- so suffering the symptoms of a terrible cold.
There's no other "side". There are those that vaccinate and those that don't. Some of those that don't do so in the belief that they can piggyback off the herd immunity provided by others or that the risk of catching the disease is low or (even worse/more dangerous imo) in the belief that these diseases "aren't that bad".
The first two- these are coming to an end in the western world. People aren't vaccinating, herd immunity is lowering, the free ride is over and these diseases are coming back and often in epidemic proportions.
The last is just frankly wrong. One person may have a mild dose of measles or WC- the person they pass it on to could suffer death or permanent disability. Yet many sites online and questionable books say otherwise.
If you have made up your mind to believe such sources over peer reviewed evidence then I know from experience that I can't say anything to change your mind. If you are open to learning more or want some links on anything I've said here I'm happy to pass them on to you.
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Personally, I know it's extreme to some but unless someone has medical reasons not to vac I think it should be mandatory
It $hits me that housewives with too much time on their hands think they know better than people with medical degrees.
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I'm not saying that vaccines are worthless. I'm not blanket anti vax either. I think we are relying too heavily on the miracle cure and are perpetuating misinformation about the efficity of vaccines in this way 'Only Vaccinated children are safe and secure, all else will likely contract and die of these illnesses' which is not true at all. Tetanus vaccination at 2 months - before a child can properly grasp an object, we're mitigating the risk that they will fall over outside and contract Tetanus from a wound. Really? 2 months old? We spend the whole pregnancy avoiding chemicals, pesticides and soft cheese to avoid potential risks... Then we get to the child's birth and immediately jab them with a vaccine. I'm not going to try and change your mind if you're set on vaccinating. You know what's best for your child. But respect my choices and my right to say no to medication because there is a risk it will harm my children.
Emily sorry I can't respect your choice when your choice is risking my child. Your choice is relying on people that vax but don't contribute anything yourself. Why should we risk our children so you can sit back and do nothing?
No vaccine is 100% effective, I said that earlier. But even 85-95% effective is better than no protection at all in my book.
It ****s me too, Vic Park. Took me 7 years to get my Medical Degree. And I did it in a world before Google...imagine that!
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