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  • All parents should be allowed to choose whether or not to vaccinate their kids

    9 26.47%
  • The government should require vaccines for all children attending public schools

    18 52.94%
  • Parents who don't vaccinate their kids should be subject to child neglect laws

    5 14.71%
  • The government should require vaccines for everyone

    6 17.65%
  • Vaccines should be required, but people with legitimate religious objections should be exempted

    5 14.71%
  • Some vaccines should be banned until they are made safe

    10 29.41%
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Thread: Government policy on vaccines

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Absolutely all children should be vaccinated, no matter where they attend school, except for those who legitimately medically cannot do so. There should be no exceptions of any kind.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Unless you plan to keep your children in a safe for the rest of their lives, they should be vaccinated and it's something the government has an active interest in funding. This nonsense that you should have a choice as to whether or not you can carry a disease which will affect the population is just that, nonsense. I remember reading this article about just how horrible contagious the flu is and it shocked me. Just going to an emergency room can spread your germs into dozens of people who may have come in with a simple sprain or a migraine. It's disgusting just how fast diseases and viruses can spread amongst large groups of people.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Unless you plan to keep your children in a safe for the rest of their lives, they should be vaccinated and it's something the government has an active interest in funding. This nonsense that you should have a choice as to whether or not you can carry a disease which will affect the population is just that, nonsense. I remember reading this article about just how horrible contagious the flu is and it shocked me. Just going to an emergency room can spread your germs into dozens of people who may have come in with a simple sprain or a migraine. It's disgusting just how fast diseases and viruses can spread amongst large groups of people.
    Yeah but the flu vaccine doesn't prevent that. Every year they pick which flu strains will be statistically more likely to have dominance and include those in the vaccines, but there are other strains at large. It's impossible to vaccinate against them all, and even if you do, within a year they mutate into something different. So even if you have the vaccine and end up in a hospital, you could still get the flu if a different strain has contaminated the air.

    The flu vaccine should be optional as it does not create a foolproof herd immunity like the other kinds of vaccines do. I've never gotten the flu vaccine mostly because I never get the flu, but there's something to be said for letting your body get sick now and again. It keeps your immune system active at all levels.

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    But what makes the FLU so deadly isn't even the virus itself (whichever strain you catch) - it's the symptoms - usually dehydration.

    That's one way in which H1N1 differed from the traditional flu - H1N1 lead to complications *not* because of dehydration-causes like excessive vomiting - but bacterial infections and related complications for people who have problems.
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    One has to wonder what humanity did all those thousands of years before current medical technology came along......
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    One has to wonder what humanity did all those thousands of years before current medical technology came along......
    They had way stronger immune systems and didn't rely on pharmaceuticals. Then the church came along and banned wild medicine as witchcraft, at least that's what happened in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    One has to wonder what humanity did all those thousands of years before current medical technology came along......
    Die by the age of 28 and have average life spans of less than 40 years.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Die by the age of 28 and have average life spans of less than 40 years.
    In addition to having ridiculously high child mortality rates, so much so that women had to have 10-12 children to have any hope of raising a few to adulthood.

    Anyone who thinks the "good old days" were better is an idiot.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Vaccines for all children. By not being vaccinated you place others at risk. If you refuse to be vaccinated, you need to be segregated from those who are.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    What do you think government policy should be on immunizations for children/adolescents?
    I'm happy with the way it is; where core vaccinations are mandatory, vaccinations for more uncommon diseases are standard but can be opted out of, and you have to seek the flue shot.

    I know you're talking about children, but I was ordered to take the flue shot for the first time in my life while at Fort Leonard Wood, and I caught the flue. I've never had the flue or the flue shot before, and if I have my way I won't ever again. Good luck to me getting my way in the military, though

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