Friday, October 02, 2009

Failure to Immunize is Child Abuse

Here's why:

The most important aspect of immunity is avoiding disease. When your body encounters a virus or a vaccine, it creates antibodies that help fight the disease, and the ability to call on those antibodies provides protection after the disease is gone. Vaccines result in the production of the same antibodies that an infection does without the substantial risks that come with disease.

"I can't imagine anything more tragic than a parent exposing their child to a disease and to subsequently have their child develop a life-threatening infection," says William Schaffner, M.D., chairman of preventative medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., and president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "Exposing oneself to a 'wild' infectious agent exposes you to a risk of potentially serious consequences. It may be a small chance but believe me, it's real. You don't know that your child, or you, won't be one of the people to develop a grave infection."

Nothing irks me more than unscientific BS about immunizations.

Also, I think many of these people have not thought through the impact not immunizing has. Kids without immunization cannot attend public school (and most private schools) or go to public colleges (and most private colleges). And, no, I don't think home schooling is a viable option (don't even get me started on the negative aspects of home schooling).

Bad decision all around.


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