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Where are you on vaccines?

With the measles outbreak in Toronto over the past two weeks and the unexplained connection among those who have contracted it nor any travels in the near past that might explain the contraction, most of the public are concerned about the factors that’ll contribute to their own possibilities.  With that concern, come about those who choose not to get vaccinated, especially to young children as measles is very contagious and can be easily passed on in surroundings like schools and daycare centres.

There are worries about vaccines and their connection to autism stemming from reports in the 1990s and there are concerns about unvaccinated bodies having a much more impact due to illnesses such as measles and even more concerns about them passing on the illness to others in public spaces.

It’s apparent that among those who choose to go against vaccines, there’s a cult-like group characteristics and any member even questioning or toying with the idea of vaccines are said to be strongly shunned and demonized from the group.  One North-American mom expressed on a radio interview how she was instantly deleted from her no-vaccine group when she expressed her desire to vaccinate her child upon finding convincing research to do so.  She was also subsequently disconnected from other members of the group and shunned from connecting with them on matters other than vaccinations.

Although this is a matter of opinion, is it ok for non-medical persons to take the decision into their hands?  Yes, the claim can be, “my child, my choice”, but how about what that child might pass onto those who wish to be vaccinated and be shielded from such illnesses?  Where do you stand on this very confusing, controversy-ridden topic?

~Anushiya

 

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