An area near Fort Worth, Texas is having a measles outbreak. Why? Supposedly a church discouraged vaccination. And when a case was imported from abroad, it spread like a prairie fire in dry grass.
At least the church has changed its tune and is learning from its mistake. Kindly leave the medical matters to the docs — and I promise not to come preach on Sunday morning. Still other alternative-medicine types aren’t big on immunizations.
Measles can spread like wildfire. If you put one hundred unimmmunized people in a theatre with ONE patient coming down with measles, 90 percent of the theatre will get measles.
And measles can kill. Measles can kill with measles pneumonia or with a slow neurologic death called SSPE. It’s rare, but I’ve seen both. I never want to see either again.
Mumps can cause sterility in males — and FEMALES. And Rubella, the other component of the MMR, can maim a fetus if the woman contracts it during pregnancy.
In the backlash against immunizations, parents have forgotten that the illnesses they allow their children to encounter can be fatal.
The link between vaccines and autism was fraudulently researched. Not an error, but a determination on the part of the researcher to “prove” something that wasn’t true. Why? I don’t know, but I could wring his neck.
Can vaccines harm? Yes. I’ve seen it. Twice in the tens of thousands of vaccine doses I ordered. I still grieve for two beautiful baby girls with blighted futures. (Since then, one of the vaccines has been reformulated.)
I all but wept with joy when vaccines came out for the most common causes of meningitis. I had seen it kill; I had seen it deafen; I had seen it maim. The vaccine for meningococcal disease means I won’t get a week of weeping phone calls from my doctor-daughter. A young woman her age with meningococcal disease was having her fingers and toes turn black and fall off. There are some things no one should have to endure, and no one should have to see.
Vaccines do NOT cause autism. The manufacturers even took out the preservative, and still autism marches on.
If you choose not to vaccinate — or make up your own schedule — your child is at risk and puts others at risk. Why? Many of the illness are contagious in the day BEFORE the child becomes ill.
Vaccines represent the greatest bang for your buck EVER in the history of medicine. Vaccines and clean drinking water are the medical “giant leap for mankind.” Now people skip vaccines. What’s next? Tearing down sewage treatment plants because cities with clean water have autism in the community?
I have wandered in an old churchyard and seen gravestones with names of children, aged six and eight, who died nine days apart. That’s what epidemics do. Their parents would have gladly taken the risk of immunization.
And it is not just measles. A healthy girl died of chickenpox pneumonia. Even whooping cough is roaring back. We are having so much trouble with whooping cough because of unimmunized children that all the doctors at my local hospital have to have the date of their last last pertussis vaccine on their badges. And that’s a hospital for adults!
You don’t want whooping cough as an adult — it’s not called the “hundred day cough” without reason. The sound of an infant with the cough will break your heart.
The more unimmunized people we have (adults and children), the greater the risk to your unimmmunized child. It’s called lowered herd immunity. If you choose not to immunize, your child may NOT get a free ride. And every unimmunized child is a threat to people with transplants, cancer, and defective immune systems.
Everything in life involves risk. Even lying in bed doing nothing puts you at risk for a fatal pulmonary embolus, for crying out loud.
Children need vaccines all through childhood and while heading out of high school. Then as adults, everyone needs boosters from time to time. Your pharmacy can catch you up to date. Every fifth birthday (25, 30, 25, etc.) is an easy way to remember to ask about immunizations.
Your children can’t protect themselves, but you can. If you choose not to vaccinate your child, realize you may have to bury your child. Then how would you feel about your choice?
That’s my opinion, what’s yours?
Causes Dixie Swanson Supports
Lupus Foundation of America
YMCA of Greater Houston
Pen Bay YMCA
Action for Healthy Kids