There are some areas of life in which the government does not have the right to interefere. One of these is parenting; however, like anything else, there must be exceptions to the rule. Child abuse, sexual abuse, withholding lifesaving procedures, and vaccinations--these are the exceptions. The government has the right to intercede if harm is occurring or will occur to the child who cannot protect himself.
Vaccinations save lives. There is no denying that immunization programs have had a major impact on disease. Children do not like them at the time. Parents do not like putting their children through them, but the alternatives are much worse.
Go back in vaccination history. In 1721, Reverend Cotton Mather and Dr. Zabdiel Boylston introduced smallpox vaccinations to Boston. They were highly successful. President Thomas Jefferson took a close interest in vaccinations, alongside Dr. Waterhouse, chief physician in Boston:
Jefferson encouraged the development of ways to transport vaccine material to the Southern states..[Because of this] small outbreaks were contained by the end of the 19th Century, a development widely attributed to vaccination of a large portion of the population.
When vaccinations fell off, the disease again became rampant.
By the end of the 20th Century, cholera, rabies, tetanus, typhoid fever, diphtheria, tuberculosis, polio, measles, mumps, and many other life threatening diseases had all been eradicated. Wow! What would the world be like without these vaccinations?
So what is the problem?
When it comes to vaccinations, sorting fact from fiction is essential. According to the American Pediatrics Association, the United States must continue its vaccination program.
These are the associations answers to the myths concerning vaccines:
Autism is not caused by vaccinations. Studies have thoroughly reviewed the vaccines--the MMR combination vaccines, and specific ingredients--and found no connection to autism.
There are no dangerous ingredients in vaccines. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that a preservative called thimerosol might cause minor redness at the injection site and that is all.
Vaccines must be continued even though many diseases have been nearly eradicated. Once vaccinatiions are stopped in large numbers, the disease will recur, quickly travelling between unvaccinated children.
Here is the simplicity of the situation:
My parents were vaccinated; I was vaccinated; my child was vaccinated; my grandchild has been vaccinated. Like most families in the United States, we had no residual effects and have not suffered any of the illnesses for which we were vaccinated.
Follow the law, and everyone should be protected from these heinous diseases. This must not be a personal decision. It must be a requirement for the parent and the child.