Counter-Counterpoint on Vaccines

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  1. Maria says:

    Vaccines is a personal issue, yet affects others. If I choose to ignore vaccinations, then I must also be responsible with the consequences. That may result in total isolation. If I choose not to vaccinate, then I must be ready to isolate my family if an epidemic happens. Right now there is no serious epidemic but I do recall a polio outbreak, which is very serious. We can also see vaccinations as blessings, as are penicillin and antibiotics.

  2. Anna says:

    So well said, I really appreciated this post. Excellent point about leaving emotion out of it. It is so hard when our children are involved, but so necessary in order to keep the discussion civil and make reality-informed decisions.

  3. Rick says:

    How do people feel about a parents’ right to refuse blood transfusions for their children? Is that acceptable and does it fall within “parental rights”? I know this is an extreme example, however, Polio is extreme. The Spanish flu killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide in 1918 – that was “just” the flu? At what point do vaccinations or any form of medical intervention become mandatory for the sake of the individual or the greater population? I am not exactly sure where the line is drawn and when parental right’s should be withdrawn, however, I believe children’s access to vaccinations should be not unlike a child’s right to basic education.