As a parent, I am in favor of vaccines for our children. Vaccines have been successful in eradicating diseases that have killed many children. Some examples are measles, mumps, and rubella. The vaccine is known as the MMR and is administered for the first time around the age of 15 months. Pediatricians recommend it and I concur. Both of my children had the vaccines. However, I understand the fears of new parents. There is the fear that there is a linkage between thimerosal and autism. My answer to this is continue to inoculate your children but split the vaccines. Give your child the vaccine so that they don’t get the disease. The vaccines can be individually (measles then mumps then rubella).
As parents we have a new fear…the reappearance of diseases once eradicated by vaccine. Measles is on the rise. It can be fatal. It spreads rapidly. My question is…is it fair to the general public to be put at risk because another parent choses not to innoculate their child? I don’t think it is fair. I believe the vaccines are safe. They have worked for years.
There have been many court cases regarding this debate. Today in the New York Times there is an article saying that three judges found no link between thimerosal and autism. Please check out this article and let me know what you think. I have provided the article name below.
Sandra Bishins, LSW