Parents Are Still Conflicted About Vaccination Schedules
Vaccines and, more specifically, not vaccinating are in the news again today. USA Today reported on a new study in Pediatrics that13% of parents are either not vaccinating their kids or using an alternative immunization schedule. The study shows that "even among parents who fully vaccinate their children, 28% believe that an alternate schedule -- which spaces out vaccines to avoid giving several shots at once -- is safer."
The article goes on to say that it's not safer -- for the general public. While the article says that skipping doses or spacing out vaccines increases the risk of illness, parents are simply conflicted. There's a lot of information out there, and it's hard to know who to trust. Jo-Lynne Shane at Musings of a Housewife hits this conflicted train of thought perfectly in her recent post about vaccinations. Her post shows the back-and-forth that many of us who fall somewhere in the middle of the road feel about this topic. This is not a post filled with "this is the way to do it" type of rhetoric. This is a post written by a mom with questions based on the love and concern she has for her children.
She starts off admitting she doesn't know what to do or think:
Now, let me give you some background. I’m a fairly mainstream kinda parent — or, at least I was until the medical community failed me and I started looking to natural, holistic solutions to my ailments and discovered a whole new way of looking at health and wellness and immunity.
Before that, I always took my doctor's recommendations at face value. I vaccinated all three kids on schedule, and we go to our yearly "well check-ups" like dutiful American citizens.
A few years ago, I was of the opinion that people who opted out of vaccines were fringe crunchy granola types who at the heart of it were selfish; they choose to opt out and shelter their kids from the possible side effects, while still taking advantage of the benefits the rest of us provide as we subject our kids to the risks of vaccinations for the good of society, keeping these diseases at bay. Harsh? Yes, but that is the way the majority of Americans think.
Since delving into the world of whole foods and natural healthcare, I have come to realize that there are two ways of looking at health management and both have their valid points.
The post continues with that back-and-forth while she debates the pros and cons, the what-ifs of both vaccinating and not vaccinating and ultimately exchanging a large number of points with commenters.
Where do you fall on the to-or-not-to-vax line?
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