Dangerous Trend? More Parents Opting Out Of School Shots For Their Kids. Should parents or the government make the important medical decisions of school-aged children?
The following are excerpts of the NJ.com article:
Proponents of Vaccinations
“While parents may think it does no harm to others if their kids skip some vaccines, they are in fact putting others at risk, health officials say. No vaccine is completely effective. If an outbreak begins in an unvaccinated group of children, a vaccinated child may still be at some risk of getting sick.”
Opponents of Vaccinations:
“Reasons for skipping some school shots vary. Some parents are skeptical that vaccines are essential. Others fear vaccines carry their own risks. Some find it easier to check a box opting out than the effort to get the shots and required paperwork schools demand. Still others are ambivalent, believing in older vaccines but questioning newer shots against, say, chickenpox….The number of shots is also giving some parents pause. By the time most children are 6, they will have been stuck with a needle about two dozen times — with many of those shots given in infancy. The cumulative effect of all those shots has not been studied enough, some parents say.”
For full article see More parents opting out of school shots for their kids | NJ.com
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