A couple of years ago there was a poll in Parenting Magazine that asked readers, "Should childhood vaccines be required...
A couple of years ago there was a poll in Parenting Magazine that asked readers, "Should childhood vaccines be required by law?" About 2000 readers responded and 63% said yes while just 37% said no. There's another poll, much like this one but posted about a year later, at Edutopia and in this poll the no votes are ahead with 53% saying no, 7% saying maybe, and 40% saying yes. This is a heavy debate among parents, health care professionals, and tons of other folks. In fact I'd wager that it's as large a debate as the "should you circumcise your baby boy" debate. The childhood vaccine debate is one of those debates you need to seriously research for yourself before you make a decision. Below are some common arguments I've personally heard for and against vaccines... People in the "YES we should vaccinate all kids" camp, say things like...
- It's the healthiest choice for not only the kids but the adult who live with said kids.
- Parents who don't vaccinate their own children put other parents kids at risk.
- People who don't vaccinate are endangering the lives of their children.
- Vaccines are highly supported by trusted medical sources so they're safe.
- We don't have enough research gathered yet on what these vaccines may be doing to our kids - i.e. the shots may end up having a negative effect in the long run.
- There are some serious risks of vaccines such as allergic reaction (that can be bad enough to cause a baby's death) and other side effects too.
- We may be breeding super resistant diseases and viruses by vaccinating against them.
- Kids should be allowed to build their immune defenses naturally.
- The government made many of these vaccines and you can't trust them to do what's best for us.