Why Vaccines Matter

Whooping cough is on the rise in Texas…

If kids are getting the shot, then why is whooping cough making a deadly resurgence in Texas, as well as in other parts of the country. In all of 2011, there were 961 reported cases statewide. Through April of this year, though, there have been 424 cases, including one that resulted in the death of a Dallas child.

Well, apparently many kids aren’t getting the shot. With all the hysteria surrounding vaccinations, more and more parents are “opting out” of vaccines for their kids. Twenty-one states, including Texas, allow parents to “opt out” for personal or philosophical beliefs and twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia allow opting out for religious reasons. When kids don’t get the shot, they are rolling the dice. Hence, the increase in reported cases of whooping cough.

I think people should read more 19th Century literature, like Louisa May Alcott where the cute teenage cousin gets measles and ends up visually impaired– wearing dark glasses before they were fashionable. I worship Mother Nature, but she can be a real b–ch sometimes.

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2 thoughts on “Why Vaccines Matter

  1. Wow-we’re on the same page here,amazing.I KNOW the value of vaccinations-In 1953 I contracted polio at a city run day camp in NY.While I wasn’t paralyzed,I did have some real damage and took a long time getting better with physical therapy.Polio was the specter that stalked kids every summer back then.The vaccine turned all that around.
    I’m perplexed by what seems to be “urban legend”reasons not to take the vaccines offered.
    There are some legitimately risky vacines-smallpox vaccine can be very dangerous in anyone with eczema.Rabies vaccine is risky,but is really only given to people in high risk of exposure occupations or people bitten by suspect animals.
    I remember getting plague vaccine in the military and then finding out it was ineffeective and potentially harmful.
    But-on balance-vaccines are a great bulwark against the “good old days”when kids expired of diptheria,measles,whooping cough,tetanus,and other stuff.
    I had measles,mumps,and chickenpox as a kid-my grandaughters won’t.Progress.
    BTW pneumonia vaccine is a very overlooked and highly effective lifesaver-particularly in people taking chemo and those who can’t take a flu shot due to egg allergy-pneumovax isn’t processed in eggs.

    • thanks, it’s so seldom we’re on the same page, but we do have life experience of what childhood diseases can do. I was lucky to get the polio vaccine. I remember being lined up to get the shot in some crowded clinic.
      people are right to ask question and be skeptical, especially when it concerns their children. but public health is under-rated. Next crisis we’ll wake up.

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