Cafe Amanda
Exclusive Poll: Anti-Vax Parents’ Paranoia Puts Everyone at Risk
November 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

A few weeks ago we posted a link to a poll about vaccinations, and this is what the results showed. What do you think? And what's your take on this author's opinion about it all?

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Exclusive Poll: Anti-Vax Parents’ Paranoia Puts Everyone at Risk

Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham
on November 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

For many moms and dads, the choice of whether or not to vaccinate is a complicated one. It shouldn't be. But the fact is some flawed scientific studies and a lot of paranoia have led to fewer parents vaccinating. And these people aren't necessarily who you would think.

A joint survey between CafeMom and Parade revealed the views of many parents when it comes to vaccination, and there were some big surprises. For instance, only 47 percent of our respondents claimed they follow their pediatrician's advice all the time and another 43 percent said they only trust their pediatrician a little or not at all.

That's pretty stunning when you think about it. How can you possibly work with a pediatrician you don't trust? Is this paranoia? Or are these parents right? See some comments from the survey below:

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Immunizations are a guaranteed, serious source of income to Big Pharma. and every doctor. Immunizations prevent our children from developing a strong immune system. Childhood diseases are no more than an 'inconvenience' because there isn't a parent in the home! When mercury is used as an ingred. of vaccines, how much concern was there for the 'health' of our people/children? School districts have no right to even weigh in on immunizations, their job is to educate.
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That they have to look at the big picture, that not vaccinated doesn't just involve their children but the 32,661,022 entire community. There is no reason why healthy kids should not be vaccinated when there are babies, children and adults with uncompromised immune systems that depend on herd immunity!

Clearly, people are very, very mixed on vaccination. But they need to get over it. Really. They do. Every child that isn't vaccinated is a risk to another child who may have some kind of physical reason why they either cannot be vaccinated or cannot develop immunity. The less people who vaccinate, the more likely we are to have eradicated diseases come back.

Obviously we don't have to follow every bit of information our pediatricians give, but the fact is they have our child's best interests at heart. And if you think they don't? You need a new one who does. All of this is based on flawed science. There is more.

According to our survey, people are divided 50/50 as to whether the states should allow parents with "philosophical reasons" to not vaccinate. As of now, only 19 states offer that as an option while all allow for religious or health reasons. Another 53 percent of our respondents felt that children who are unvaccinated should NOT be allowed in public schools.

They have good reason for these concerns. "Herd immunity" -- the immunity that develops for an entire group of people -- is compromised by the segment of the population refusing to vaccinate. If they had REAL scientific evidence, it might be one thing. But they don't. It's fear. It's paranoia. And it's hurting us all.

There isn't a mother alive who isn't sympathetic to the idea of worrying about what we put in our kid's bodies. We all know that fear and worry and we all have it. But to compromise all children for a bit of wacky "science" that has no basis in reality is downright wrong.

I agree with the majority of our survey-takers that children who don't vaccinate shouldn't be allowed in the public schools unless they have some kind of very specific reason. It's just too risky to younger siblings, adults, and those with compromised immunity.

Choosing to not vaccinate is playing with fire. If you don't trust your pediatrician, get a new one!

Do you vaccinate? Do you want kids who don't vaccinate in public schools?

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Replies

  • Mazie0723
    November 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    If their child is "protected" by these vaccines then why worry if mine aren't? Maybe they don't trust these chemicals and much as they say.

  • grey7399
    November 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Wow you are really into yourself aren't you?

    You don't get it.  Not every child can be protected.  Nor every adult.  Babies & pregnant women are especially susceptible.  Then there are the elderly.


    THOSE are the ones to protect.   The ones who got the shots are protected.  Then the ones who aren't able to get the shots are thusly protected by the healthy herd.


    By choosing to not vax your child, you create a weak link in the herd.  An undeserved weakness.

    Quoting Mazie0723:

    If their child is "protected" by these vaccines then why worry if mine aren't? Maybe they don't trust these chemicals and much as they say.


  • marilyn623
    November 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM
    Oh man...
  • LectioDivina
    November 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    So, They're mad because they know the vaccines don't work . If anything, they lower the chances of getting whatever the vax is for. 


    You lower the chances your way, and I will lower the chances my way.

  • Jade89
    by Jade89
    November 13, 2012 at 3:55 PM
    I vax.


    That's all I have to say.
  • MandaRose83
    November 13, 2012 at 3:56 PM
    This. They are talking about the kids who cannot be vaccinated due to health reasons or the ones who have little to no immunity. Elderly are also a concern.


    Quoting grey7399:

    Wow you are really into yourself aren't you?

    You don't get it.  Not every child can be protected.  Nor every adult.  Babies & pregnant women are especially susceptible.  Then there are the elderly.


    THOSE are the ones to protect.   The ones who got the shots are protected.  Then the ones who aren't able to get the shots are thusly protected by the healthy herd.


    By choosing to not vax your child, you create a weak link in the herd.  An undeserved weakness.

    Quoting Mazie0723:

    If their child is "protected" by these vaccines then why worry if mine aren't? Maybe they don't trust these chemicals and much as they say.



  • cklamour
    November 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

     Both of my children are/ have been vaccinated. Hell, the military did a number on vaccinations for me lol

     

    I read an article about a woman who vaccinated her daughter like normal. When her daughter was about five or six she got real sick. Apparently a spread of whooping cough had transcended in her area. Although her daughter received the vax (without complication) she still wound up with the disease. This was because some mutated gene she has repelled the vaccine. Over time her child was ok, but later on this same mother found out a child around her daughters age had died because she wasn't vaccinated for the disease. ***This was a couple of months ago I read this in Parade in my Sunday paper. Ages might not be exact***

    If a parent does not want to vaccinate their child because of the "chemicals" then so be it. I just feel bad when ancient diseases make a come back that they are one of the first to be attacked. Also if some of these children build their own immunity, what happens to the child that is also non-vax that he/she plays with? A carrier for any disease is worse than anything.

    All I can do is protect my children best that I can. Should they be allowed to attend public school? Yes,because all children deserve a good edcuation and to be amongest their peers. Its like saying children who have nut allergies not attend school.

    This is just my opinion from what I observe. I cannot and will never tell someone else how to parent their child.

  • daughteroftruth
    November 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM


    Quoting cklamour:

     Both of my children are/ have been vaccinated. Hell, the military did a number on vaccinations for me lol

     

    I read an article about a woman who vaccinated her daughter like normal. When her daughter was about five or six she got real sick. Apparently a spread of whooping cough had transcended in her area. Although her daughter received the vax (without complication) she still wound up with the disease. This was because some mutated gene she has repelled the vaccine. Over time her child was ok, but later on this same mother found out a child around her daughters age had died because she wasn't vaccinated for the disease. ***This was a couple of months ago I read this in Parade in my Sunday paper. Ages might not be exact*** Unfortunately, deaths occur.. vaxed and unvaxed.  If a child dies of a disease that a vax is available for, everyone knows about it, but if a child dies from a vax or is permanently disabled from a vax, its an acceptable casualty in our culture.. very sad.  The truth is, that while two kids could get the same flue strain, one could recover without issue, and the other die. 

    If a parent does not want to vaccinate their child because of the "chemicals" then so be it. I just feel bad when ancient diseases make a come back that they are one of the first to be attacked. Also if some of these children build their own immunity, what happens to the child that is also non-vax that he/she plays with? A carrier for any disease is worse than anything. Are you asking what happens if for example one child has had chickenpox and is immune to chicken pox and he plays with a child who is not vaxed for chicken pox but has not had it?  Well unless the child A is in the midst of the actual illness, child b won't catch it.  There is a difference between immunity and being a carrier of a disease.  now if child A HAS chicken pox and plays with child B, then child b has a high chance of catching chicken pox.  

    All I can do is protect my children best that I can. Should they be allowed to attend public school? Yes,because all children deserve a good edcuation and to be amongest their peers. Its like saying children who have nut allergies not attend school.

    This is just my opinion from what I observe. I cannot and will never tell someone else how to parent their child.


  • Ollie123
    November 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I vax. I don't really care what other parents do.

  • thatgirl70
    November 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I choose to vax. I can't control what others choose to do.