September 15, 2019
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Comments for: More Maine parents skipping their kids’ vaccinations as whooping cough spreads

  • Anonymous

    Those parents are not only putting their own children at risk…..they are putting everyone else at risk.

    • http://www.nyrnaturalnews.com/vaccines/2012/07/pharma-giant-merck-faces-two-lawsuits-alleging-fraud-over-mumps-vaccine/

      This is just one example of the plethora of lawsuits and falsehoods perpetrated  against the sheeple. Forget the ballgame, Oprah, or the latest soap ,  and become free thinkers, instead of  just going bahhhhh!!!  The irony here is Big Pharma and all its underlings display grandiose concern over our health, and those of our children; but suddenly cry foul when trying to salvage the life of the unborn. They are merely monstrous murderers, dressed in the garb as angels of light,  when in reality they are nothing more than purveyors of  pain and death.  And for what? Money.. Their stench sickens me to  no end. 

  • Guest

    There is no good excuse NOT to vaccinate your child.
    If you don’t you are setting the table for your child to contract a potentially fatal childhood disease.

    These diseases are preventable and no one young or old should have to deal with them because of  people refusing to vaccinate their children.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you to a point. There is an acceptable excuse for a child not to get vaccines.  If the child is allergic to eggs and thimerosal.

      • Anonymous

        Also gelatin or any other preservative that the manufacturers use in the production of the vaccines can cause allergic reactions.

        There are also religious objections, as the development/manufacturing process of some vaccines involves embryonic cells from aborted fetuses. I do not know all the details of that, but I can respect how someone who is staunchly pro-life would be troubled by that.

        • Anonymous

          Huh?  Data please and not just anecdotes.

          • Anonymous

            Gelatin: http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/hot-topics/gelatin-allergies.html

            Aluminum adjuvants: http://www.immunizationinfo.org/issues/vaccine-components/aluminum-adjuvants-vaccines

            Fetal Cells: http://www.immunize.org/concerns/vaticandocument.htm (letter from the Vatican with references) The vaccines themselves do not contain fetal cells, but cells from aborted fetuses were used in the development process.

        • Than with all your infinite knowledge and your medical degree (I assume you have one since your so knowledgeable on the subject) and come up with an alternative.  Vaccines have proven to help squash infectious disease before it even starts.  All this hippy dippy gluten free, won’t eat anything that casts a shadow crap is what is wrong with this country.

      • Anonymous

        Eggs, yes, but thimersal has not been used in years.

        • Anonymous

          You are wrong. Thimerosal is still used as a preservative in the seasonal flu vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/thimerosal.htm

    • Anonymous

      There is a medically accepted reason: if you’re allergic to eggs or gelatin, there are many vaccines that you cannot safely receive.

  • If you think that vaccinating children causes autism, then you need a few swift kicks to the head for being so ignorant.

  • Anonymous

    For instance, the theory that antibodies = protection from disease was disproven a long time ago. And I mean a LONG TIME! Study after study has shown that people with high levels of serum antibodies have contracted illnesses they are serologically immune to whilst those with low to no antibodies have been protected. I will quote below a section from an article on Polio vaccine which is coming out in the next issue of Informed Choice Magazine:
    “Two studies which were published in 1939 and 1942, investigated the diphtheria antibody concentration in people who contracted diphtheria in England and Wales. It reported, “on repeated occasions, it was found that a sample of serum, taken from a patient with a clear history of inoculation who had yielded diphtheria bacilli from nose or throat swabs (a sure sign of diphtheria infection) .was found to contain quite large quantities of diphtheria antitoxin.” (in other words, they were serologically immune to diphtheria yet they contracted it) Ironically, they found, “.the occurrence of several instances of non-inoculated persons having no circulating antitoxin, harbouring virulent organisms and yet remaining perfectly well.” (they were unvaccinated, had active diphtheria bacteria detectable in their nose and throat and yet displayed no symptoms of illness).
    We know now and have known for over 60 years that our method of measuring immunity is completely wrong. Despite this, we continue to use these useless tests to show that vaccinates work because after vaccination someone develops antibodies!”

    • Anonymous

      people need to do some research and do whats best for them, not be called ignorant for not injecting many different substances into thier children.  the only ignorant ones here are the ones who just blindly do what they are told to do and believe its in thier best interest. do some research, there are more and more doctors out there that are not vaccinating their children. wonder why???

      • Anonymous

         Ignorance is posting about articles published before and during WW2 and assuming that information is still relevant.  Back then they didn’t even know the function of DNA.  Technology and education have come a long way.  Using this information as a guide for vaccination is fool hardy and very dangerous.  Not vaccinating your child has consequences beyond your household. If you don’t vaccinate your child you endanger my children, and every other child that they contact. 

        • Anonymous

           If your children are vaccinated, then they should not be in any danger.  If your children are endangered by un-vaccinated children, then that shows right there that vaccines don’t work.

          • Jonathan Smith

            Most vaccines are statistically ineffective but they work well to line the pockets of others with powerful lobbying groups

          • pbmann

            Totally incorrect and ignorant of the facts.

          • Anonymous

            Oh my, playing the lobbying group card in a case of demonstrable public health.  And you’re not a “lobbying group” (misguided at that)?

          • pbmann

            Vaccines work by increasing the resistance of the person to make it harder for the pathogen to infect the host. 

            This is dependant on “herd Immunity” meaning that 90% or more of the population is resistant to the pathogen therfore not allowing the pathogen to get a foothold in the population.  If the herd immunity is weakened or non existant then even people who have been immunized are at risk for contracting the disease, so when parents do not immunize their child they are not only putting their child at risk but all the children that their child interacts with.

          • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            Huh?  That looks like a non sequiteur.

        • Anonymous

          if vaccinations work than your child should be just fine. my child has never been on antibiotics and has no allergy.   the uprise in cancer and allergies in children is caused by something. the push for vaccines and this rise come together.

          • Jonathan Smith

            A family relative didn’t develop serious dangerous food allergies until right after she was heavily vaccinated before college. Much of my family has allergies and I find it odd that the older generation did not.

          •  
            Vaccines and the autism controversy

            The increase in reported autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has made some concerned parents wonder if there is a connection with vaccines.35
            Yet, there hasn’t been any scientific proof. More than 20 published
            scientific studies conducted in various countries have found no link
            between vaccines and ASDs.36

            Yet some parents still have questions about a
            possible link. One reason for this is timing: some parents of children
            with autism say they first noticed signs of it during the time their
            children received their 12- to 24-month vaccinations.37 Their children may have appeared normal before 1 or 2 years of age, and then they lost the language or social skills they had.35

            However, development specialists can identify
            symptoms of autism in an infant’s first few months of life, before
            parents notice something unusual.37 A series of recent
            well-designed scientific studies investigated a connection between
            different vaccines and autism and no link was found.36

            A small, uncontrolled study of 12 autistic children
            in 1998 initially raised the question about a connection between the MMR
            vaccine and ASDs. Yet in 2004, 10 of the study’s original 13 authors
            retracted the study’s conclusions—and stated the data did not establish a
            link.37 What’s more, the scientific journal that had
            published the original findings retracted the article after an
            investigation found the results to be false.38

            According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the
            publicity resulting from this flawed study actually had some serious
            consequences. Some members of a local community heard about the alleged
            link between autism and vaccines and became concerned. Their children
            weren’t vaccinated as a result. One of those children went to Africa and
            was diagnosed with measles after returning home to Minnesota.39
            Because of this, the state has an outbreak on its hands. 23 measles
            cases, of which 20 are related, have been reported, with a total of 14
            hospitalizations.13

            Concerns about thimerosal and autism

            Thimerosal,
            a mercury-containing vaccine preservative, has worried many parents
            because of an alleged link to autism. However, a series of recent
            scientific studies found no link between thimerosal and autism.40
            For example, a study in 2007 of more than 1000 children found that
            receiving thimerosal-containing vaccines did not cause harm. In that
            study, researchers conducted 42 separate neuropsychological tests to
            reach that conclusion.41

            Thimerosal was used in small amounts for more than
            50 years in multidose vials of vaccines (which hold more than 1 dose) to
            prevent them from being contaminated by bacteria. As a precaution,
            thimerosal has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in vaccines
            for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of
            multidose inactivated influenza vaccines. For infants and children, a
            single-dose, no-preservative version of the inactivated influenza
            vaccine is also available.8

            Even though thimerosal was removed from vaccines
            almost 10 years ago, children continue to be diagnosed with ASDs.42,43 For many people, this is the most convincing evidence that thimerosal does not cause autism.

            Experts say there are indeed more people being
            diagnosed with ASDs, though the increase is due in part to ASDs being
            more broadly defined and better recognized and diagnosed. The exact
            cause of autism is still being studied, although most scientists agree
            that genetics play a role.35

            Concerns about vaccine ingredients and toxicity

            Toxicity is to be taken very seriously, especially
            when your child’s safety is at risk. The truth is, some vaccine
            ingredients could be toxic, but at much higher levels than what is found in vaccines. Any substance—even water—can be toxic given a large enough dose.9

            We might not be aware of it, but we are exposed to
            small amounts of these same substances every day. For example, the
            average person takes in an estimated 30mg to 50mg of aluminum every day,
            mainly from foods, drinking water, and medicines. Not all vaccines
            contain aluminum, but those that do typically contain just trace
            amounts: about 0.125mg to 0.625mg per dose, or roughly 1% of that daily
            average.9

            Weighing vaccination dangers and benefits

            Of course the pros and cons of vaccination should be
            given careful thought. But if you consider that a child is far more
            likely to be seriously injured by an infectious disease than by any
            vaccine, the benefits of getting your child vaccinated far outweigh the
            risks.

            By choosing not to vaccinate a child, some parents
            may be hoping that their child won’t be exposed to the disease. But it’s
            important to remember that we live in a global society. This country
            may not have seen polio in 10 years, but people fly in and out of the
            United States every day. Just 1 infected traveler could set us back 50
            years if our own population isn’t protected. This is why it’s so
            important to keep vaccinating our children.9

            How vaccination helps keep your community protected

            You’re not just helping to protect your own children
            by getting them vaccinated. You’re helping to protect other children
            and adults in your community, too. This could be your school community,
            your playgroup community, your neighborhood, even your faith community.

            For example, your community may have children who
            can’t receive certain vaccines for medical reasons or because they’re
            too young to be vaccinated. If these children are exposed to someone
            with an infectious disease, they can catch the disease. By getting
            immunized, your community could help protect these children from
            vaccine-preventable diseases by reducing the chance of spreading from
            person to person.

            Let’s consider a community where most children are
            immunized. Even if 1 child gets sick, the infection won’t spread because
            it has nowhere to go. This phenomenon is called herd immunity.
            But if fewer children in a community are immune, it is easier for a
            disease to spread and lead to outbreak. In fact, outbreaks of measles,
            mumps, and pertussis are occurring around the United States—often among
            groups of children whose parents chose not to get them vaccinated.9

          • Anonymous

            Bravo!

          • Anonymous
          • pbmann

            Allergy’s have been determined to be the host body’s immune response to a clean environment. 

            Older generations lived in a dirtier environment thus giving the immune system something to fight against instead of turning on itself.

            For example parasitic Hookworms, which are harmelss to the human body and we may have in fact evolved with them, have been shown to cure allergies and autoimmune diseases.

            http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=helminthic-therapy-mucus

            It has nothing to do with immunizations, except for the fact that they reduce the amount of pathogens for the immunesystem to work against.

          • Anonymous

            in the 1500s, there were a lot more pirates in the ocean and ocean temperatures were colder. as we removed the pirates, ocean temperatures started to rise. we should combat rising ocean temperatures by putting pirates back in. correlation without causation is common scientific mistake.

            I am happy your child is healthy. You should be thankful that he/she is protected by all of the vaccinated children around him/her through herd immunity.

          • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            Not so.  There is emerging research that indicates we may be too protective in the use of topical antibacterials and this may be fueling the rise in allergies.  There are obviously good bacteria and bad bacteria and their balance is important to our well being.  I agree that overuse of antibiotics can lead to bacterial resistance but that’s another issue.  Viruses, the target of many vaccines, are a different matter.  I don’t know of a single “beneficial’ virus.

            As for vaccines as a causative  factor in cancer, data please.

      •  more and more doctors?name them,name them or stop saying it.

        • pbmann

          Ther is only one and he made a fortune pushing this fallacy.

          • Anonymous
          • pbmann

            There have been studies linking some forms of autism with auto-immune responses in the first years of infancy.   Autism could be an over reaction by the infant’s immune system into attacking teh developing infant brain, just like Diabetes Type I has been linked to  infants drinking cow’s milk tricking the infant body’s auto-immune systems to attacking the Pancreas in response to the milk proteins leaking from the still developing digestive system. 

            This would make sense since all auto-immune diseases are increasing in the past 50 years.

      • Anonymous

        Well informed is just that, based on good research.  If you want to play roulette by not having your kids vaccinated, you may think that it’s only affecting you but it isn’t. If your family defection reduces the herd immunity below a critical level, you may be responsible for much hardship in other families, especially if your child is a non-symptomatic carrier.  i would hold you liable for that.  We’ve done our research and yours has found to be wanting.  All too many of the public has a very distorted view of risk perception.

    • Anonymous

      In simple terms, antibodies attack antigens. Bacteria and viruses are examples of antigens that are targeted by specific antibodies. The presence of an antibody in the bloodstream doesn’t offer 100% protection against diseases – scientists aren’t claiming that vaccines are always effective, for example the pertussis vaccine is only about 95% effective, but to claim that antibodies don’t offer protection from disease simply flies in the face of evidence from both lab and population studies. To use “Informed Choice Magazine” (not a peer-reviewed scientific journal) to contest the clear evidence of thousands of studies in peer-reviewed journals just doesn’t hold water. The health of real children (perhaps yours or a neighbor’s) is at stake. Please don’t let the clearly established facts of scientific research be clouded by anti-vaccine rhetoric.

      • Anonymous

        And it’s been established that the “herd immunity” works.  If you can get more than 90-95% of a population vaccinated, the disease will be controlled.  Sure there will be exceptions including non-contracting a disease without vaccination but that’s due to the control exerted by the large proportion who are.

    • wow 1942 really,you are not very informed if your going by a study done in 1942.remember they didn’t even know how to do CPR in 1942.give us studies done now or the last 5 years,and a sourse that can be trusted,not just words that you make up.

    • Anonymous

      You are quoting Informed Choice magazine who is quoting articles from 1939 and 1942. If you are going refute years of immunological knowledge, you need better references then that. You know that I think that Einstein’s theory of relativity is wrong. I read an article in Cosmo that said so.

      Do you think that Informed Choice magazine should recommend that mothers stop breast feeding. After all, early immunity occurs when mothers pass antibodies to babies through their breastmilk.

    • Anonymous

      Completely wrong?  From 60 year old studies?  The article you quote is about polio vaccines but you quote diptheria only?  Re polio, see the excellent article inthe July Scientific American on the difficulties on global erradication of polio due to the fact there are three different vaccines administered.  One can lead to infection in a few cases but is cheaper so still used.  Informed Choice does not sound like a good research journal.

  • Anonymous

    I always vaccinated my children with all of the vaccines that their doctor (whom had my complete trust) recommended.  However, I sometimes think that vaccines are getting blown out of proportion today.  There seems to be a vaccine for everything.  I refuse to have a flu shot.  I wouldn’t give my children a simple flu shot.   Eventually our immune systems aren’t going to know what to do.  However, there are some extremely dangerous and fatal diseases that SHOULD be required for children.  I guess the biggest question is WHERE does the line get drawn between people being able to raise their children as they see fit but still not neglecting the welfare of that child?

    • Anonymous

      The problem is that their decision does not just affect their child. It affects other children who may come in contact with them. Some diseases that had almost been erradicated have made comebacks because of parents deciding not to vaccinate. You can argue you have the right to make decisions for your child, but do you have the right to decide if other children are put at risk?

      • Anonymous

        I know what you’re saying.  It is such a tough call.  I”m not a big government control person, but somethings have to be controlled.  I’m honestly not sure where you draw that line.

        • Jonathan Smith

           It’s not the government’s role to act as a parent or infringe on that sacred responsibility. We have enough government. There are lines that are to never be crossed and that is in our home – we are still a free country if we let it remain so.

          • Anonymous

            Sometimes the government has to step in.  Some parents beat, rape, neglect their children.  Like I said, there a fine line.  I’m not sure where that ends.

          • Anonymous

            Sounds like you subscribe to a common modification of the NH motto, namely Live Free and Die.

        • Anonymous

          It’s a medical issue.

  • Jonathan Smith

    Every parent should educate themselves from a number of sources. Many documented cases of SIDS occur within a few days of infants receiving the MMR, DTAP, and other vaccines. There is very poor quality control over vaccines and the main concern by Doctors and the FDA is the public health ( largely over treatable or long gone US diseases)  not individual health so public health experts consider both Autism and SIDS an acceptable risk in their eyes. Good for them – but I am a parent with a child I love so please don’t tell me to be a sheep and do everything a pediatrician says without researching what is best for my child’s health. Do some research – some serious reading before you scoff at those who have problems with mandatory vaccinations. Maybe the “enlightened” on here should mention that the DTAP vaccine is ineffective to the current form of pertussis/whooping cough going around. Don’t confuse people with the facts – just tell them what to do. I saw guys sick on active duty from the so-called anthrax vaccine so don’t feed me that line of bull. I have been violently ill from flu vaccines with a live virus in them. But what do I know – I was just another military guinea pig. I am NOT antivaccine – I am opposed to parents just nodding “Yes” to every doctor without doing some serious groundwork on each vaccine and the risks it poses to their child. Some vaccines do have a place but we must be very careful with the levels of aluminum, formaldehyde, mercury, and sometimes even aborted fetal cells we are injecting into our kids in the name of science. Autism and SIDS weren’t big problems when I was a child but it has skyrocketed today. The number of kids with serious disabilities is ridiculous but no one dares pinpoint the root of many of these problems. We now give our kids 4-5 times the total number of vaccine injections from just 30 years ago. Crazy.

    • the reason there are more people diagnosed with autism now then years ago is because they have better means to diagnose now then they did when we were kids.Had they known what to look for back then there would have been just as many.I know plunty of people when I was a kid that had autism we used to call them slow.there is many levels of autism also.And there are side effects to vaccines but they save lifes and telling people or parents not to vaccine their children is just planly foolish advice.And to say you know more then a dr who has spent 10 to 12 years getting his degree is just foolishness.and where are you researching?the people not getting vaccines for their children put all of us at risk.

      • Anonymous

        I have to disagree with you here. I have seen several studies where they have accounted for this diagnosis bias. Yes diagnosis has improved and more kids with autism are identified but there is still an increase regardless. We are doing something. However, there are quite a few very good studies demonstrating the increase is not coming from vaccines. I do agree it is foolish not to vaccinate. Who wants to go back to the days of higher childhood mortality rates due to outbreakes of measles and diptheria.

        • Anonymous

          Diagnosis drift (increasing) is controversial but probably true.  Causation of autism is definitely false.  definitely agreed that not vaccinating children not only puts the family at risk but the rest of us also.

      • Anonymous

        A report came out just this week that showed that autism rates increased with increasing age of the father.  No such relationship with increasing age of the mother.

    • Anonymous

      Aluminum?  Mercury?  Fetal cells?  Document please, valid sources only.
      As for aluminum, there seems to be an unknowledgable cult about that too which has resurfaced.

      • Anonymous

        I cited several articles above. It’s easy enough to use Google to get multiple hits from hospitals and other medical organizations. Also, next time you need a flu shot or DTaP booster, ask the doctor/nurse to see the insert from the vaccine packaging. All of the ingredients (and warnings) are listed there. You might be surprised…

  • Ben Hutchins

    Oh, brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    “Concerns about the vaccine’s waning effectiveness have prompted the
    national CDC to examine whether to recommend adding another pertussis,
    diphtheria and tetanus booster to the vaccine schedule, Hamilton said.”

    This *key* sentence was buried in the article. The CDC knows there is a problem with the acellular portion of the vaccine, but they are still pushing the vaccine as the best way to prevent the disease. If you research the recent outbreaks across the US, more than half of those infected are fully vaccinated. In short, the vaccine is not working as expected and the CDC knows it. Instead of blaming the comparatively small percentage of unvaccinated people, they should working overtime to come up with a new vaccine that works!

    My family is all up-to-date with the DTaP vaccine, but I don’t trust for a minute that we are protected from pertussis. In addition to the existing vaccine not providing adequate immunity, there is a new mutated strain of pertussis circulating; the vaccine is completely ineffective against this new strain.

    • Anonymous

      More important information:

      “That’s where pertussis lives, in the adult population, because they
      haven’t been immunized and they expose kids to pertussis,” he said.

      The latest data show that fewer than 10 percent of adults have received a Tdap booster shot.It seems to me that the state should be focusing on getting adults the recommended boosters, or at least creating an education campaign!

    • Anonymous

      Even with the difficulties with controlling the evolving strains, it’s still the best measure out there.  Yes, work is needed but …

      • Anonymous

        IMO, the best measure out there is informing, educating and vaccinating the 90 percent of Maine adults that aren’t up-to-date, not focusing on the relatively few children that are not. 

        The Chinese call pertussis the 100 day cough. How many adults can afford to miss that much work (whether to care for a child or for themselves)? Antibiotics reduce the amount of time you’re contagious, but they don’t relieve the symptoms.

  • Anonymous

    People of Maine, please sue Caroline Zimmerman, the staff coordinator for the Maine Immunization Coalition.  She claims: “[Multiple shots or doses at the same time] doesn’t harm the child at all.  They’re very resilient, it doesn’t overload them to get three or four shots in one session.”

    She is completely wrong.  Even the CDC, as early as 1991 admitted that the DTaP caused neurological and gastro-intestinal damage.  See MMWR 08 August 1991.  Further this website must get a lot of PhRMA agents.  The observations of Wakefield et al., have been replicated.  Many nations have pulled various vaccines.  Autism in the U.S. is growing exponentially and tracks perfectly with vaccines.  My step-son was severely damaged by vaccines at age six he lost ability to read, and suffered incredible losses in memory and speech.

    By the way, even the Sanofi Pasteur insert for DTaP says that a study from Germany with over 11000 samples found that the vaccinated were far MORE likely to get pertussis.  See works of Viera Scheibner, and Vaccination the Hidden Truth; also Vaccine Nation; and Autism made in the USA.  

    • Anonymous

      “Worries about vaccines contributing to autism, a theory that has been discredited by research studies, have since diminished some, said Caroline Zimmerman, staff coordinator for the Maine Immunization Coalition, a collection of health care providers, consumers, DRUG COMPANIES (my emphasis) and others working to reduce vaccine-preventable disease.” Ms. Zimmerman certainly will not bite the hand that feeds her. hmmmm… it leads me to be concerned about Ms. Zimmerman’s comments, too.
      Jackie Farwell could provide more information from other sources that may disagree with the mainstream thought. But the BDN is quite content with promoting only the Big Pharma view, as evidenced by the April 19th “Special to the News” piece by Amy Pisani of the “Every Child By Two” non-profit. Sounds like a warm fuzzy organization, doesn’t it? WRONG! It is a group of 3 people who act as a “front” to spread the word of their major funding source: Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. This Op-Ed piece was an “ad” for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals! I hope they at least got some ad revenue for it!

  • The reason a lot of the diseases that are listed are unheard of now a days is BECAUSE OF VACCINES!  In my opinion if you don’t get you kids vaccinated your a bad parent, you should be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and if you still refuse then the child should be removed from your custody.  Plain and simple, those shots are to keep infectious disease down and by not vaccinating your child your not only putting them at risk, but others as well.  These hippy losers need to get a grip and bring their kids to the doctor.  Green tea and jojoba extract don’t cure nothing, holistic medicine in bologna and like I said, if your not going to vaccinate your kids, you shouldn’t have them.

    • Anonymous

      Wrong, William. You can thank the decline in disease to modern public-health practices, more sanitary conditions, better diet, etc. This is widely described if you look. Just an example is below:
      The Vital Statistics of the
      United States contains compiled statistics for a wide variety of information
      since early in the 1900s. Among those are death rates from all diseases,
      including infectious diseases. An introductory statement from the 1937
      statistics indicates that death rates from infectious diseases declined greatly
      in the early part of the century. These declines occurred well before the
      advent of vaccines to treat these conditions.

      “The trend in death rates for specific causes, over the
      past 20 or 30 years, may be characterized by two general statements. In the
      first place, there has been a great reduction in the death rates for infectious
      and preventable diseases; in the second place, there has been an increase in the
      rates for certain diseases characteristic of older ages. Greatest proportional
      rate decreases have taken place for such diseases as typhoid and parathyroid
      fever, which has declined from a rate of 23.5 in 1910 to 2.1 in 1937; and
      diphtheria, which declined from a rate of 21.4 in 1910 to 2.0 in 1937. … The
      rate reductions for infectious and preventable diseases can be largely
      attributed to the development of modern public-health practice.”[4]

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. From my research, the biggest factor in the decline of infectious diseases is clean water. 

    • Anonymous

      Vaccination should not be a “one size fits all” system. Calling people bad parents because they choose to exercise their right to decide and do whats best on the behalf of THEIR children is ignorant and rude. I am a mother who fully vaccinated my first child. He had some minor side effects (that would easily be disputed as non vaccine related, but IN MY OPINION and in reflection were probably related). My second son, however, did not do as well. I saw my son go from walking and starting to speak, to not being able to stand up because his little body was in so much pain. This was very shortly after his pediatricians recommended “FIVE-IN-ONE” shot. In my opinion it was too much for my little guys body to handle, and is what has started me on my journey to find answers. Before this I was a sheeple like most and just “did as I was told”. Two pediatricians, 2 orthopedics, 4 xrays, needle drawn blood work (for an 18 month old) and still no one had answers! And my son was still limping and in pain. I finally, by the grace of God, was referred (by my pediatric orthopedic DOCTOR) a wholistic doctor with specialized practice in childrens allergies, accupressure ect. (NAET – you can look it up). Everyone in my family and around me thought his ideas were crazy, but through his NON-INVASIVE treatments he determined and treated to resolve (not mask with drugs) my sons issues. And you know what…it worked! My son is walking great and out of pain! This doctor truly believes that we compromise our immune system with vaccines which ends up presenting in many forms (Autism is not the only issue, there are so many that are discounted all the time). He (and I now too) believes our childrens little bodies cannot handle all of these vaccines at once and so many in general. He has NEVER told me not to vaccinate or pushed his opinions on me, though I ask him many many questions about his beliefs. All I know is that my situation has made me question vaccinations going forward. And there isnt enough supported research in the world that could sway me from what Ive seen and experience first hand. Am I a bad parent?? Maybe in your eyes, but I’ll take being a “Hippy loser” any day over seeing my child in any of that pain again. I am so thankful and greatful to have met  my holistic bologna doctor!
      I also needed to edit to add, that this doctor does not claim that his treatments alone can treat and prevent disease, but that it is important that you support your families health with an excellent diet and healthy (as non toxic as possible) environment. Again, this way of life is not a one size fits all either. It takes a lot of work, and my family is still a work in progress, but I do believe that our healthy bodies are able to fight off a lot of sickness on their own.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t harm the child
    at all,” Zimmerman said. “They’re very resilient, it doesn’t overload them to
    get three or four shots in one session.”

    Really, Ms. Zimmerman?  Show me the studies! I am a reasonable, a
    critical thinking individual committed to reviewing all the data to make my
    decisions. Studies on safety are just not out there. Studying reactions for 2
    weeks after the jab is NOT sufficient. What about long term and accumulative
    effects?  Also, what about using controls
    and unbiased researchers (current research is done by those getting big $ from Pharmaceutical
    companies)? Doesn’t happen.

    The potential dangers of
    allowing toxins to cross the blood/brain barrier are huge. It is untested and
    completely unnatural since true immunity does not occur that way. Until this
    country gets straight on researching the TRUE consequences of this horrifying experimentation
    on our kids, I will – without hesitation or apology – protect my children from vaccinations.

    I recommend that parents
    out there do the research instead of following along blindly. You cant afford
    to just ‘trust’ that officials/doctors have your child’ interest at heart. Don’t
    just regurgitate the same old bogus arguments for vaccinations if you haven’t
    looked at it thoroughly. When you decided to become a parent, it became YOUR
    job to look critically at all issues affecting your precious children!

  • this article also leaves out ,that the CDC also said the “outbreaks” )8o% of which were in kids up to date on their shots) were not caused by people not vaccinating.btw many of these illnesses one can be an asymptomatic carrier vaccinated or not. educate yourselves because theres a lot dr’s don’t tell you and the media is one sided. If you really believe in the shots and your kids have them all then what are you worried about then? btw I hope you adults went and got all that the kids are getting because it’s most likely that the supposed immunity you get from them wears off and theres a bunch that weren’t around when we were kids so that makes most adults not immunized . also in regards to the autism go look up the vaccine inserts some do actually list that as an adverse reaction. theres no tests to find out what kind of reaction to the junk they put in them a baby will have, how do you know a baby who doesnt eat solid foods yet is allergic to eggs or not? It’s kinda sad that one (and i’ve heard some say this) would rather risk their kid being brain damaged then getting a disease they most likely would survive today. 

  • Anonymous

    For people really open to thinking about the topic (and not just raging about it) check out this good summary of arguments pro and con. There are many links to reference etc. http://vaccines.procon.org/

    • Anonymous

      or try nvic.org

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