California measles cases spark immunization discussions in Utah

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  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 9, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    @portlander is prime example of how one that is so tied up in the anti-vaccine line of thought that they completely miss the point. Sure there are side effects from vaccines, remotely even deaths. BUT there are even MORE and worse side effects when we don't vaccinate. When you vaccinate a person you not only protect that child/person but you are also protecting those around them who because of other health problems or age can not get a vaccine. When you don't vaccinate, say a child, and that child does not get the disease you are reaping the result of herd immunity. High vaccination rates make it difficult for a disease to spread. When enough people "opt out" we lose that herd immunity advantage.
    I have lived and worked literally in both worlds/situations and I really don't want to see the diseased world again. I have held that dying baby. I have nursed that disease injured child. It is not a pretty sight. Please open your eyes and heart and look at the real research and not the popular and internet garbage that is passed around on social media.

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    April 9, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    It is amazing to me that people use the word "immunization" at all. They are substituting immunization for the vaccination. And as @jsteve points out, vaccinations don't really work at all. After all, there are always going to be an influx of people who bring with them diseases, viruses and germs that are new to a certain segment of the general population...old or young. The choice to vaccinate is a very serious choice indeed. Vaccines have been known to cause sickness, even death in many otherwise healthy infants. However, the long-term ramifications are not a foregone conclusion either. The biggest objection that I have is the peer-pressure, judgement and even hysteria that works up the pro "immunization" crowd. To act as if a parent is a criminal for refusing to vaccinate their precious young infant, is unconscionable. These decisions are best made between the parents, their health-care provider and the Lord. The crowd does not make it right or wrong.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    April 9, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    Deliberately choosing not to vaccinate your children in this country is not ignorance. It is certifiable stupidity.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 9, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    I get frustrated with parents not vaccinating their children. I am old enough to remember many of these diseases before vaccines. Many of the side effects of these diseases are not mild, they can be serious. As a health professional I spent much of my career in public health working with populations here and abroad. Parents that don't vaccinate wake up, you are playing with fire.
    Also, vaccine are not just for children. Those of us that are adults need your boosters and there are some newer vaccines you should get. For those in my age group (seniors) there are vaccines that we really need that not only keep us disease free longer but allow us to not come down with debillatating conditions such as shingles.

  • jsteve Herriman, UT
    April 8, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    Why is this even an issue anymore? These backwards notions of negative health consequences are ridiculous. Guess what? There are negative health risks, but they are due to not receiving vaccines. Not only are parents risking their own children's health, but they are risking the health of everyone else. An infected person serves as a breeding ground for a virus that can mutate and then infect people who had been immunized.