Picture one is a child with measles. Picture two is a child with smallpox. The only study to vilify vaccines has been completely debunked and yet supposedly loving and intelligent parents are denying their children the protection of vaccinations. These people also put others at risk with this irresponsible choice. The scientific community is at a loss as to how to reverse this dangerous trend. Meanwhile pop culture icons weigh in on a subject they have no expertise about and influence decisions that damage society as a whole and children especially.
Government needs to step in for public safety before these diseases take hold in the general population unnecessarily. Parents are being threatened with having their children taken away for letting them walk to the park unaccompanied yet refusing the protection of vaccinations is being allowed. We are down the rabbit hole on this issue.
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 04, 2015
     Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension | Medicine | Surrealism | Can’t Possibly Be True | More Things To Worry About | Diseases | Disease

Frankly, I think there is a bit of unwarranted hysteria over the measles cases, due to the current nature of the Internet. I'm in favor of immunizations, but I also feel that parents should be able to do what they think is best for their children. I don't think a couple dozen cases of measles is an outbreak, perhaps when you reach 10,000. The same was true when there was a couple cases of Ebola.
Posted by RobK on 03/06/15 at 11:29 AM
I agree with you about parents should be able to choose but, then, the parents that do vaccinate their kids should be able to choose to ostracise the children of those parents.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/06/15 at 11:34 AM
My personal reason to seek out vaccination. I'm cough cough fifty cough years old. The chicken pox vaccine didn't exist when I was a child, and most kids got it. I, however, got neither. Now I have two school-aged, fully vaccinated children. Occasionally I visit the school to volunteer. I've heard that chicken pox as an adult is far worse than having it as a child. I've been meaning to ask my doctor for the vaccination for quite a few years but it always slips my mind when I visit. With the rise of ignorance and decline of vaccination rates, I think I'm going to work on getting this taken care of.
Posted by Robb of Warren on 03/06/15 at 11:47 PM
IIRC the 2ed half of chickenpox is shingles. And, I'd suggest you, at the ridiculous old age of 50, don't want either!

Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/07/15 at 12:58 AM
Thanks. Now that you mention it, that's right. And I've heard from relatives that have had shingles and how really miserable it is.
Posted by Robb of Warren on 03/07/15 at 02:29 AM
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