Globally, reported cases of measles have spiked 30 per cent worldwide sincea resurgence spurred in part by misinformation about vaccine safety and Twitter bots and Russian trolls spreading anti-vaccine messages. Now, with vaccine hesitancy a growing concern worldwide, a leading ethicist is asking a provocative question:
The story of a four-generation unvaccinated family. Every American is expected to understand it: Vaccines are one of the greatest achievements of biomedical science and public health.
They are the most important and valuable tool in the history of mankind for reducing infectious disease, and those who fail to obtain them are at an elevated risk for injury, disability, even death. Accounts of vaccine injury, disability, chronic illness and yes, sadly, deaths that result from placing trust in those same declarations.
Mine is an anecdotal story. So in an effort to keep this as simple as possible, think of it as just another story about an average family doing its best to thrive.
Of the countless decisions parents face today, few are as controversial as the vaccine question, and if not for the rising number of alleged injuries the question would be a virtual no-brainer.
Unless and until someone is personally touched by a vaccine-gone-wrong, the conventional wisdom prevails. Surely doctors, hospitals, public health officials and medical authorities know best?
Maybe the real question could be: What happens if you decide not to vaccinate your child? And without the necessity of parental consent in extreme cases. But does repeating something often enough and loud enough make it factually true?
I am a member of a four-generation family who has side-stepped the traditional vaccine cover story.
Our eldest family member was born inour youngest in With very few minor exceptions, we are entirely unvaccinated. The patriarch and matriarch of our family died at the ages of 93 and 84, respectively. The patriarch, my father, was still working in his lifelong career until two weeks before his death.
I have lived outside the U. Unvaccinated, and without incident. Within this family, we have both mainstream and alternative healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses.
Even the most skeptical person must ask: How Could This Happen?Should Laws Be Created That Would REQUIRE Parents To Vaccinate Their Children?
Recommended Immunizations to Protect a Newborn. The following immunizations should be given to all caregivers of newborns to help protect newborns from diseases for which they are not yet able to receive immunizations. Caregivers include: parents and other family members and day care providers.
“Nonmedical exemptions to immunizations should be eliminated.” In , when California law required parents to get a physician signature on their personal belief exemptions, Blumberg. Provinces and territories should be required to establish electronic immunization registries, with online records for all children being readily accessible to health care providers.
Having current, searchable databases would improve data collection and tracking. Parents should be notified automatically when their child is overdue for an. More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be?
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