Recently an outbreak of the measles has hit some cities very hard. Many of these areas have been college towns like Columbus, Ohio where The Ohio State University is located where several students have contracted the measles on campus. An Amish community just recently decided to vaccinate their children because of an outbreak in Pennsylvanian community. Now I'm not anti vaccine, but I am for a parent's right to make a decision for their child. With my own children, I decided to follow the vaccine schedule with my older two children, but after my third child I started out on schedule, but my daughter had a severe reaction to the Dtp vaccine. My infant child broke out with a rash, had slight swelling in her leg, a low grade fever and was in obvious pain (they said discomfort, but I said pain). From that day forward, my husband and I decided to wait until our children were old enough to talk before we decided to get any vaccines, and we even decided against the HPV vaccine for our daughters because we felt it was to vague and at the time, why vaccinate only girls and not boys if they are carriers of HPV.
I have a lot of respect for the medical community, but sometimes I think there are some very unnecessary things being done in medicine, and then there's the issues of pushing so many vaccines onto our young children. At this time, I don't know actually how many vaccines an infant will get before his or her's 1st birthday, but it just seems like we're not allowing our immune system to get stronger.
With this measles story, it's fascinating that the national media never spoke about this, but instead decided to only talk about anti-vaccine families. Maybe other people have heard about this story, but for me it seems like an under the radar story. What is the article really trying to tell us about the medical community, do we need adult boosters or should would focus on a more holistic approach to vaccines?
Please read the article below and come back to make a comment below. Tell me what you think about the article, the lack of national media coverage, and your views on vaccines.
Measles Outbreak Traced to Fully Vaccinated Patient for First Time | Science/AAAS | News