It seems that these days, in some circles, vaccination is a dirty word. I’ve been reading parenting forums for just about as long as I’ve been a nanny, and the accusations that fly back and forth are almost sickening. You apparently can’t be a good parent if you vaccinate. You can’t be one if you don’t vaccinate. There are never any excuses not to vaccinate. There are never any excuses to vaccinate. It goes on and on, and honestly, it leaves me scratching my head. How did a public health initiative that saved millions of lives turn into this?...more
It is very easy for us to forget how thoroughly modern medicine has changed our lives. We no longer have to fear for ourselves and our family as plague tears through the community. Infectious disease is no longer the main cause of death in America and Europe, as it once was. In large part we have to thank vaccination for this miraculous progress. So why do so many people continue feeling nervous about vaccines?