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Published: Tuesday, April 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Dietrich, ID

Probably so we get fewer diseases.

salt lake city, utah

This is what happens when science isn't taught or isn't listened to. I can't defend all the shots because I don't know what they are, nor would I ever defend the profits of the drug companies, however, the diseases the writer calls out haven't been irradicated nor will they ever be. They continue to exsist. We are simply protected from them by the vaccines. Stop the shots and see how long it takes to have a polio epidemic.

Saratoga Springs, UT

I ask the same question to myself. Logically, it doesn't make sense that in the past 20 years, the number of vaccines has tripled. Has the number of diseases tripled? Honestly. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not 100% against vaccines. I just think they're getting a little out of hand.

I think it's a little suspicious. Why so many? Why so soon? Why so much ignorance on the part of the parent who blindly believes everything their doctor tells them to do, just because the media and government that it's the best thing? It just doesn't add up (unless you ignore true science and logic which requires all theories and probabilities to be analyzed) Unintended side effects and consequences are being ignored by those who claim that "science" makes vaccines 100% ok. When the media and government push it and push it and make the public fear not doing something, it makes me question. So I research it more, which is looking from the other point of view. If you're not doing your own research, then you're just ignorantly following sources which are extremely biased.

Saratoga Springs, UT

Disclaimer: I love doctors. I think they're brilliant. But they're not all-knowing and they certainly aren't going to contradict what they were taught in medical school.
I don't mind politicians. I think most have our best interests at heart. But they're not as compassionate and concerned as we'd hope them to be, especially the ones that don't have our best interests at heart (and there's NO denying that some of those exist).
I like vaccines. I think they are a modern miracle, a wonderful innovation. But, just like any drug, they have negative consequences and side effects, whether they be intended or unintended.

Poplar Grove, UT

I think the answer here is simple. We have invented vaccines for more diseases. Not that long ago 10-15 years, there was no vaccine for chicken pox. Now there is, many of these vaccines are for diseases that have been around for a long long time, but we haven't had a vaccine for them until recently. It's not new diseases that are popping up, it's a new vaccine for an old disease. I guess don't vaccinate your kids if you don't want to, but I'm having my daughter get every vaccine the doctor will let her get.

American Fork, UT

We're always getting vaccines for diseases we don't even have.

South Jordan, UT

Yep. "pragmatistferlife" put it perfectly. But it's amazing the influence that a few conspiracy theorists can have.

Salt Lake City, UT

Simple - because there are still individuals that think diseases are 'eradicated' when they are not. People within the US boundaries are carrying these diseases, witness the Olympus High outbreak of Measles in 2011, as well as the worst outbreak of Measles in the nation in 1996, which occurred in Washington County (100 cases, began with one student and spread quickly). If you stop vaccinating kids, dormant diseases return very quickly.

Orem, UT

Yes, Kevo, vaccines carry potential side effects. So do diseases. Research has determined that the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. When I say research, I'm not talking about Googling “vaccine risks.” I'm talking about decades of rigorous scientific studies conducted by people with far more expertise than you or me, unless you're an epidemiologist. This preponderance of evidence is why organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the LDS Church all recommend childhood vaccinations. The only bias these "sources" have is the desire to save lives.

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