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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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    Government policy on vaccines

    What do you think government policy should be on immunizations for children/adolescents?
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    With the rise of anti-vaccine lunatics (and they ARE lunatics), there is a resurgence of diseases of third-world diseases here in the United States. This would be bad enough if irresponsible parents were only harming their own kids...but the more people that aren't vaccinated, the more likely it is for a disease to transmit to others.

    As Dr. Paul Offit told TIME Magazine, some people can't be vaccinated due to real medical problems, and so they are at the mercy of whatever diseases others are carrying. As he says, "We don't think it's an inalienable right to transmit a potentially fatal infection to a group of vulnerable, hospitalized children." I think the same could apply to schools, public areas, or just about anywhere else.

    What do you think the government's attitude toward vaccinations should be? Should there be a laissez-faire approach where everyone is allowed to vaccinate or not vaccinate their own kids? Or should the government require it since it's a threat to the public?
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    I did not get my children vaccines until school. Well they had a few but I believe they were too close together and dont need them all at once. I know this might sound odd but I didnt have that many shots growing up and my immune system is great. My kids also have never been really sick besides an occasional cough or sneeze and I go get them flu shots. However almost all my kids are in school so they do have what is required to attend school. Also I had an awful experience with my oldest daughter when she received shots when she was 6 mths old. My insurance denied us changing doctors so we stopped going.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Vaccination for diseases as dangerous as smallpox should be mandatory for everyone with no exceptions. Lesser vaccines should be required for children attending public school and government jobs. All vaccines should be funded by the government and maybe add tax incentives for families who vaccinate their children.

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    I use to feel as if the government was just bullying me around concernign vaccinations. You know - telling me what to do for no real reason.

    Until I was doing research for a paper and came across some pretty distrubing images and facts about all those diseases - why we vaccinate against them - and how devastating they can be.

    You bet your ass I hurried quick and got all my kids vaccinations up to date after that.

    Just last night my husband and I were talking about this and I told him that we just don't *know* how devastating widespread attacks of tuberculosis, rubella, mumps and small pocks can be because it's been a while - it's not in our 'radar' of awareness. Just like real warfare - it's always "over there" and never "over here"
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    I hesitate to have the government force parents to vaccinate their children. However, I stand by the government's right to tell those same parents that if they don't get their children vaccinated, those children cannot attend public schools.

    As for the "vaccines should be banned until safe" option, vaccines are not released until they are either deemed safe or, in the instance of some vaccines required by military personnel going to exotic locations, have a very low percentage of side effects versus the potential for harm.

    Over the past decade or two, there have been numerous alarmist groups touting the dangers of childhood vaccinations. Many of these groups have been busted, found to be scam organizations defrauding the public. Now we are seeing a huge resurgence of whooping cough, measles, tuberculosis... all the diseases these vaccines once had nearly irradicated. Parents need to be educated, but if they still refuse, then their children need to be isolated from the public school system.

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    With the rise of anti-vaccine lunatics (and they ARE lunatics), there is a resurgence of diseases of third-world diseases here in the United States. This would be bad enough if irresponsible parents were only harming their own kids...but the more people that aren't vaccinated, the more likely it is for a disease to transmit to others.

    As Dr. Paul Offit told TIME Magazine, some people can't be vaccinated due to real medical problems, and so they are at the mercy of whatever diseases others are carrying. As he says, "We don't think it's an inalienable right to transmit a potentially fatal infection to a group of vulnerable, hospitalized children." I think the same could apply to schools, public areas, or just about anywhere else.

    What do you think the government's attitude toward vaccinations should be? Should there be a laissez-faire approach where everyone is allowed to vaccinate or not vaccinate their own kids? Or should the government require it since it's a threat to the public?
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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 think it's important enough that the Federal government should legislate that all school-aged children be appropriately vaccinated...home-schooled or not...private schools...all of them.

    I also think that the American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with the NIH and CDC should make the call about what vaccines are safe and which are appropriate. I'm not really convinced they're all necessary....or that they're all safe.
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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    If the vaccine has been tried and proven over the course of decades - like polio - then it should be mandatory. I support giving parents a window of time in order to get it done. There is some research to suggest that vaccinating newborns might have some negative effects. Whether or not it's true, I can understand if parents want to wait until their kid is 3-4 before getting the major vaccines done.

    Stuff like the flu shot and chicken pox, I am against mandatory vaccinations for those. They haven't had long term scrutiny yet and they aren't life threatening conditions anyway.

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    Re: Government policy on vaccines

    All school aged children should be vaccinated, except for ones with legitimate medical reasons.
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