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Published: Saturday, April 26 2014 11:49 a.m. MDT

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Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

My mother had polio when she was a child. She lived, and while badly crippled, was able to function. She was lucky. In the 40s and 50s about a half-million people a year died of polio. Hundreds of thousands more were left in wheelchairs or worse.

And that is just one disease, one vaccination.

People who refuse to vaccinate their kids on the claims of junk science are committing child abuse.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

'Reading some items on the topic' is not how we should be making such important decisions. Real science now has to share the stage with garbage, so we need to learn to be a bit more discerning. In my youth I, too,knew people who were victims of polio. No one in my generation was affected by it, or smallpox, or a number of other horrible diseases. Vaccinations are the greatest humanitarian achievement of the 20th century. People who make such poor decisions for their children should suffer sanction in our society.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Not only are these people who have succumbed to extremist propaganda putting their children at risk, they are risking the lives of others as well. A tiny baby, not yet old enough to be vaccinated, may be exposed to pertussis and die because of the irresponsible actions of another child's parents.

It's one to thing to not care about the safety of one's own children, but it's another entirely to place other people's children at risk.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Wyoming is a very "Conservative" state.

With the prevalence of Right Wing Entertainers continually spouting nonsense, many Right Wingers have essentially become hooked on nonsense . . . Addicted.

This makes them much more receptive to all types of nonsense, even the kind that doesn't overtly involve politics . . . Although the specter of an evil Federal Government recommending vaccinations is another reason for Right Wingers to shun those vaccinations.

The false idea that vaccines do more harm than good has found fertile ground in Right Wing America.

Now the un-vaccinated children of doubting parents can become disease vectors when the next massive outbreak of some formerly conquered hideous disease makes a comeback.

Face it, American Right Wingers overall do much more harm than good to this nation and the world.

Evets
Eagle Mountain, UT

Re: Gary O:
Oh please stop this right wing thing. I have worked as a medical professional for over 4 decades, most of the time in public health. I have headed vaccination programs and sat on state boards recommending certain vaccination scheduled. I did that in several US states and in a few foreign countries. Bottom line is that there is no right or left wing rule one can follow when it comes from the anti-vaccination movement. I have seen both sides be pro or anti-vaccine. Each side has their reasoning (if we can call it that). So leave the political rhetoric out of it.
Too many people prefer to listen to just anyone on the internet or in books that spout garbage science instead of looking at the science behind vaccinations or the experience of some of us older generations have seen before certain vaccinations. Like a lot of things we tend to ignore history and suffer the results of our poor decisions.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Evets -

The anti-vaccination movement does enjoy a right wing bias.

Look it up.

Michelle Bachman especially has been pretty vocal about her opposition to vaccinations.

Look it up.

"Too many people prefer to listen to just anyone on the internet or in books that spout garbage science . . . " Yes. And how much of this garbage science is advanced on Right Wing Radio?

You do know don't you that Rush Limbaugh and other Right Wing "pundits" wax authoritatively on a wide range of scientific disciplines?

Don't forget, this is Wyoming we're talking about. Wyoming had the second highest percentage of votes for Romney in 2012, just behind Utah.

So, we have a correlation here between a predominance of "Conservatives" and a high rate of anti-vaccination sentiment. But you're right. Correlation does not prove causality.

Something that looks, walks, and quacks like a duck is not necessarily a duck. There's a chance it could be an unknown species, right?

Evets
Eagle Mountain, UT

GaryO:
Sure there are plenty of right wing conservatives that are anti-vaccine. My point is, from first hand experience, there are plenty of left wing liberals that are also anti-vaccine. It is not a political oriented movement. Again, I have been there and fought these guys for decades. They come from ALL political stripes.

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