The Debate Over Vaccines

by Chrystal Johnson on March 27, 2012

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While most parents take their children in to the doctor to get a vaccine and think nothing of it, there is another army of mothers demanding that more be known about vaccines since they have seen their own children harmed by them. I think that it is important that every mother across the country know that there is a debate about vaccines and that they should get the information from both sides before the vaccinations occur.

When I had my first baby I got her vaccinated with her first set of shots. I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Shortly afterwards, I read a story about vaccinations on the Internet and decided to look closer into it. I was amazed to find that there was a lot of information provided talking about the negative aspects of vaccinations versus the positive side of the issue.

I guess that one of the most disturbing things that I found out was concerning the possible risks and outcomes of the shots. Some children had actually died from these vaccinations and it really scared me.

The next time I needed to get the vaccinations for my child I questioned the doctor about it. He told me that yes, there was always the risk of brain damage, death and minor symptoms, but that it was the best thing to do for the child. When I asked how he could say that, he told me that the odds of anything really terrible happening were very low – less than one in 1 million.

I thought about it for a few minutes and something didn’t make sense to me. The odds of my five-year-old getting kidnapped are also less than one in 1 million, but that doesn’t mean that I will allow her to wander through the neighborhood on her own at her age. Even though the risks are low, it is something that I just don’t want to play around with in either case.

I had the second set of vaccinations done and then I stopped. My next child did not receive any vaccinations at all. My sister’s daughter was one of the unfortunate few that did react to the vaccination and immediately became autistic afterwards. When she was getting changed on the stainless steel baby changing stations she would look up at her mother with vacant eyes. She had a reaction to a meningitis vaccination.

When all is said and done, when it comes to children and parental responsibility, you need to look into the debates and then make a final decision. Being a parent isn’t as simple as merely changing diapers on baby changing stations. Whether you decide to vaccinate your child or not isn’t the issue: it is the importance of making an informed decision based on solid knowledge.

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Today’s guest post was provided by Fabian Marquez, a professional freelance writer and father. Fabian enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and anything in the outdoors.

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