Measles outbreak

Emma - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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With measles on a rise across the world at the moment...particularly in Europe with health professionals talking about an epidemic...what are everyone's views on vaccinations, particularly the MMR?

Are parents putting their children at risk by choosing not to give them their vaccinations??

What does everyone think of vaccinations?

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Sara - posted on 05/28/2011

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See, this is what I don't understand about people who chose not to vax. I can't tell you how many times people have said that it's a personal choice...well, if it can have a negative impact on other people in your community, is it really a personal choice? Is getting drunk and driving my car home a personal choice too? To me, it's not much different.

Krista - posted on 05/28/2011

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I'm with the other ladies here. Don't trust Doctor Internet. There are way too many cracked-out studies "proving" how dangerous vaccines are. Unless you have a family history of very serious reactions to vaccines, then I feel it is incredibly irresponsible to your kids and to society at large to not vaccinate. If you feel better delaying or spacing out some vaccines, that's fine. But to skip them altogether because of some crap you read online, and then to have the gall to claim that there's no such thing as herd immunity? No. That's irresponsible.

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I think that without medical reason, not vaccinating your children is irresponsible.

Be cautious, do research, delay the schedule, consider your family history/allergies etc., but please please please vaccinate your child(ren).

Sara - posted on 05/28/2011

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Personally, I believe that unless you have a medical reason to not vaccinate yourself or your child, that you should. All the data tells us that vaccinations save lives, and I have yet to see any compelling evidence that suggests otherwise. There are risks to vaccination, but I think that risk is small when compared with the effects of the disease you are vaccinating against. I absolutely believe if you chose not to vaccinate that you are not only putting your own child at risk, but other children and families as well.

I am fully vaccinated. My DD is fully vaccinated. My new baby will be fully vaccinated.

Bonnie - posted on 05/28/2011

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There are four people in this household and all four are up to date with vaccinations.

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Emma - posted on 05/29/2011

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I just hope my 7 week old baby is not in the bed next to them because of their neglect!

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Of course parents are putting their children at risk if they don't get vaccinated. However, if there is a measles outbreak in schools I know that MY children will have very little chance of getting it or even dying whereas those parents that didn't vaccinate their kids will run an extremely higher risk. They want to believe they hype about autism and vaccines let them. If they are ever unlucky enough to be sitting by their childs hospital bed as they are critically ill or on deaths door I hope they realize their mistakes.

Becky - posted on 05/28/2011

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Yes, parents who chose not to give their children vaccinations without a valid medical reason (allergy, seizure disorder etc) are putting their children and any other children their children come into contact with, at risk.
Totally pro-vax here!

Sneaky - posted on 05/28/2011

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I had my 11 month get the MMR early (suppose to be 12 months in Australia) because there is an outbreak of measles in our home state. Anything would be better then watching my baby fight like a dog to live in hospital from a disease i could prevent her catching.

Vera - posted on 05/28/2011

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My daughter is current on vaccines because I'd rather be safer than sorry. Too bad the shots aren't 100% effective and protect 100%.

Kate CP - posted on 05/28/2011

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I vaccinate and I myself am vaccinated and up to date on my boosters. I am VERY pro-vaccine *UNLESS* you have a family history of vaccine reactions OR your child has shown vaccine sensitivity themselves.

Sal - posted on 05/28/2011

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sorry was a little rantish i know, my dear freind and former neighbour almost died from whooping cough recently, she does have an allergy against vaccines and caught it and as she is elderly and already not as healthy as a young person it was very serious and nearly killed her, it is so upsetting as it is completly unnessersary, she should never of got it, it just makes me so angry....

Sal - posted on 05/28/2011

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i am pro vax and unless there is a serious medical reason why the child can't be vaxed you should do it....i am starting to feel that non vax parents should have face consequences for their lack of action, child endangerment if their child takes a case of measles or whooing cough into the community or neglect if their child dies or is seriously ill and hospitalised with the illness, i am so sick of reading stories of babies dying because they got desieses that have been all but erradacted in the past. parents are sitting there with their heads up their arses going on with babble from some web reasarch (yep thanks dr internet) please please people wake up, a fucking organic blue berry (read the face book conversation for the reference here) isn;t going to cut it, these things killed kids hundreds of years before preservatives and artifical foods ever came into our lives so don't look there, and while you are back in the dark ages with ideas ask a few mums what its like to burry a baby who died of measles, then tell her that in our time we can vaccinate against it and you choose not to because it isn't that bad, they just get a little sick,
and these vaccines are not poisoning your kids, you say how there is this and that in them and you'd never give it to your kids, well derr, of curse you wouldn;t that is why we have medical professionals to do it, and seriously how much are they getting, have you seen the size of the vial it comes in it is tiny.....and these things have been used, tested and updated many times over the years, no govt wants the lawsuits of giving soemthing not safe to its children, they are safe (unless medical reasons) ]
and the autism thing is just wrong and proven so so just vaccinate and stop reading if you look hard enough you will find some "expert" to back up any wacky idea that doesn't make it right!!!!!
please ladies if you want to non vax your kids keep them at home, all day everyday so you aren't risking others, i don't want to read another story about a preventable death it makes me sick......

JuLeah - posted on 05/28/2011

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The measles used to be viewed as chicken pox was viewed when I was young. Now, chicken pox too has become a big issue we need to avoid at all cost.

Emma - posted on 05/28/2011

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I think children who don't get vaccinated are so at risk that their parents should be charged with neglect! If my baby catches measles from a child I will be furious at their parents! If I ever found out specifically what child she caught it from (hopefully she won't catch it or anything else for that matter) I would seriously look into taking further action against the parents of the child!

Dana - posted on 05/28/2011

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Shoot, I didn't see this thread when I had started mine an hour ago! Sorry!

Krista - posted on 05/28/2011

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I totally hear you, Emma. I've heard of newborns catching mumps or whooping cough from unvaxxed kids, and it just enrages me.

Emma - posted on 05/28/2011

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I agree with all of you and at the moment am extremely concerned about my 7wk old baby. My 4 yr old is fully vaccinated, however measles is going around his school and I am worried that she will catch it from someone in passing. That really annoys me! Because some other irresponsible parents choose not to vaccinate their children, their children then suffer by catching it and god forbid my baby who is too young to yet be vaccinated could catch it from them! I don't understand why parents don't get them vaccinated.

Jenni - posted on 05/28/2011

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We vaccinate. I'll take the small risk of side effects over the risk of death... any day.

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