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HAUTE TALK: What are your thoughts on childhood vaccinations?

By Robin Dearing

This week on Haute Mama's Haute Talk, we asked our mamas about their thoughts on childhood vaccinations.

I think this is an important topic as more parents decide to keep their children "intentionally unvaccinated" — now there's some loaded verbage intended to cast aspersions on parents who chose not to vaccinate.

Up until recently, I was almost on the fence about vaccinations. I questioned whether they were safe, did we really need them still? I've changed my outlook.

Now we are seeing what happens when parents choose not to vaccinate and a community ends up with even a small population of unvaccinated people.

According to this story from National Public Radio, there as been an outbreak of measels in the northwest. Sixteen people in Vancouver were infected with measles with half of that number being unvaccinated members of one, large family.

Measels isn't just some kid's disease from yesteryear. It kills children or can leave them with permanent brain damage.

"If a measles-infected person walks into a room with 10 uninfected people," says Dr. David Sugerman of the CDC, "nine of them will get infected." Moreover, anyone who goes into that room within the next two hours after the infected person has left is likely to get measles, too.

In this instance, the measels outbreak started when foreign travelers came to Vancouver for the Olympic games and passed the disease to unvaccinated children.

So, what do you think? Should all healthy children be vaccinated?

 

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