Children and Immunizations – Viewpoint #2
Andrew Wakefield’s report that linked the vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella to cases of autism has been declared to be based on deliberate fraud. Although Dr. Wakefield has been discredited, thousands of children’s lives are at risk due to his faulty, skewed findings.
Vaccinations are one of the greatest success stories in modern medicine. They have saved countless lives and saved children from experiencing dreadful illnesses all over the world. Now there is a trend that threatens the lives of innocent children. Parents who (according to the World Health Organization) are typically well-educated, Caucasian and upper middle class are opting out of immunizations for their children. Since it is not the cost of the vaccines that is deterring these parents, it would be interesting to know if they are they reading the misleading information that is available on the Internet, or if they are not investigating the research showing that some of these dreaded diseases are coming back with vengeance?
In 2011, ten children under 3 months old died in California from pertussis (whooping cough), while another 7,800 were infected. It was the worst epidemic to hit since 1947. That state had to pass a new law that all 7-12th graders receive the immunization to attempt to curb the incidence of infection. California is, of course, not the only state to be hit.
Also in 2011 a measles outbreak was reported in 23 states. In 33% of the measles cases, children experienced brain swelling, dehydration and pneumonia among other life- threatening complications. My cousin Helen, is mentally challenged due to a high prolonged temperature she had during measles when she was 7 years old. We had a 78% decrease in measles from 2000-2008 worldwide, but measles are once again on the rise.
How have we come so far in this area, to start going backwards? We need to protect the lives of our innocent children. Childhood diseases are coming back because people trust that other parents will immunize, and thereby their own children will be safe. The bottom line is none of us are safe if everyone is not immunized.