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A Shot In The Arm – Should We Be Required to Vaccinate Our Children?

Posted Aug 24 2008 10:44pm

Like many not-quite-crunchy parents I went through a series of changes of heart in my son’s early years. First, I was determined to vaccinate - not vaccinating wasn’t on my radar and never crossed my mind. Then I heard about potential risks and planned to forgo vaccinating.

I was adamant.

Then I wasn’t.

Then I waffled for a number of years, researching the vaccination/autism connection; checking world health statistics and vaccinating partially and not on schedule.

When my son entered pre school I completed the personal exception form that allowed me to continue to vaccinate, or not, on my schedule and according to my beliefs. I did the same for kindergarten.

Many of my friends did not vaccinate their children at all. Some did and never gave it a second thought. I, of course had to make the whole issue difficult.

I’m still not sure if what I did was correct. I’m still waffling and vaccinating as I see fit.

This article in the New York Times, Public Health Risk Seen as Parents Reject Vaccines , though, feeds into the fears that I have had all along about not vaccinating. What if those scary diseases our society has eradicated come back?

Since I know I have readers on both sides of the issue what are your thoughts after reading this article? Changes in opinion? New ideas? Thoughtful presentation to incitement to hysteria?

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