Do we vaccinate our children.

Sharon - posted on 05/28/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




I have read many comments lately about why we should and why we shouldnt vaccinate our children ,i am a 53 year old Grandmother and i had polio in 1962 i wore irons on my legs for 10years and was in an iron lung machine ,Do you really want this for you children? It also comes back about 30 years later to attack your body and is one of the most painful things to live with i say VACCINATE .I wouldnt like any child to live the life that i have but it's your choice the parent but i wish iy was the childs ........


Jodi - posted on 05/28/2013




As a child of the 50's and 60's, my father also had polio. He was one of the lucky ones. He only suffered muscle wastage in one of his chest muscles. At the time, it was such a common disease, and incredibly debilitating to those who contracted it. Personally, I don't want to see a return to this.

There has not been a single reported case in Australia since 1972, so clearly vaccination works. In fact, worldwide, there were only 223 cases last year, which is less than 0.1% of the reported cases in 1988 - what a long way we have come in 25 years. Clearly vaccination programs work. I look forward to the day when the reported cases are zero. But that won't happen without support for the eradication vaccination programs. Until such time as there are zero reported cases, I can understand why it won't come off the vaccination schedule. It has been contemplated, apparently, because of its rarity, but it is also highly contagious, and with global travel as it is today, we need to continue the path of vaccination. I understand there are risks with vaccination, but the alternative is unthinkable.

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