I recently received an email from my friend Jennifer with a link to an article by USA Today, “Hib Infection makes it’s Deadly Return“. In her email, Jennifer raises a valid point:
“In the interest of fairness, I think it would be great to see you post something about these outbreaks on your website. We are so fortunate to have access to life saving vaccines in this country and sometimes I think we forget how many children used to die from communicable diseases.”
Based on the USA Today article and the fact that a vaccine court recently ruled that there is no biological plausibility that MMR vaccines and Thimerosal cause Autism, I think it’s time for discussion. While I’ve never been anti-vaccine, I definitely promote parental caution in the number of vaccines a child receives at a given time due to the amounts of aluminum and other preservatives used. In order to do this, parents must follow an alternative schedule. The USA Today article contends that by not following the traditional schedule, we are putting our infants at risk for infection. What do you think? I would love to get other parental input on this topic. Please leave a comment on what you feel is the best course of action with regard to your child’s vaccinations.
And a big thank you to Jennifer for bringing up this issue and reminding me of what Babyminding is all about…providing all of the information so we as parents can determine what’s in the best interest of our children’s health and wellness.