Exclusive Poll: Anti-Vax Parents’ Paranoia Puts Everyone at Risk

For many moms and dads, the choice of whether or not to vaccinate is a complicated one. It shouldn't be. But the fact is some flawed scientific studies and a lot of paranoia have led to fewer parents vaccinating. And these people aren't necessarily who you would think.

A joint survey between CafeMom and Parade revealed the views of many parents when it comes to vaccination, and there were some big surprises. For instance, only 47 percent of our respondents claimed they follow their pediatrician's advice all the time and another 43 percent said they only trust their pediatrician a little or not at all.

That's pretty stunning when you think about it. How can you possibly work with a pediatrician you don't trust? Is this paranoia? Or are these parents right? See some comments from the survey below:

Immunizations are a guaranteed, serious source of income to Big Pharma. and every doctor. Immunizations prevent our children from developing a strong immune system. Childhood diseases are no more than an 'inconvenience' because there isn't a parent in the home! When mercury is used as an ingred. of vaccines, how much concern was there for the 'health' of our people/children? School districts have no right to even weigh in on immunizations, their job is to educate.

That they have to look at the big picture, that not vaccinated doesn't just involve their children but the 32,661,022 entire community. There is no reason why healthy kids should not be vaccinated when there are babies, children and adults with uncompromised immune systems that depend on herd immunity!

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Clearly, people are very, very mixed on vaccination. But they need to get over it. Really. They do. Every child that isn't vaccinated is a risk to another child who may have some kind of physical reason why they either cannot be vaccinated or cannot develop immunity. The less people who vaccinate, the more likely we are to have eradicated diseases come back.

Obviously we don't have to follow every bit of information our pediatricians give, but the fact is they have our child's best interests at heart. And if you think they don't? You need a new one who does. All of this is based on flawed science. There is more.

According to our survey, people are divided 50/50 as to whether the states should allow parents with "philosophical reasons" to not vaccinate. As of now, only 19 states offer that as an option while all allow for religious or health reasons. Another 53 percent of our respondents felt that children who are unvaccinated should NOT be allowed in public schools.

They have good reason for these concerns. "Herd immunity" -- the immunity that develops for an entire group of people -- is compromised by the segment of the population refusing to vaccinate. If they had REAL scientific evidence, it might be one thing. But they don't. It's fear. It's paranoia. And it's hurting us all.

There isn't a mother alive who isn't sympathetic to the idea of worrying about what we put in our kid's bodies. We all know that fear and worry and we all have it. But to compromise all children for a bit of wacky "science" that has no basis in reality is downright wrong.

I agree with the majority of our survey-takers that children who don't vaccinate shouldn't be allowed in the public schools unless they have some kind of very specific reason. It's just too risky to younger siblings, adults, and those with compromised immunity.

Choosing to not vaccinate is playing with fire. If you don't trust your pediatrician, get a new one!

Do you vaccinate? Do you want kids who don't vaccinate in public schools?

 

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Molly Ryan-Taylor

We do not vaccinate, the decision was very easy for me to make. My family owned Health Stores and when I worked there I saw too many parents coming in trying to find something to fix their damaged children who were perfectly fine till the vaccinations. I refuse to risk the health of my children.
Vaccines are a huge money maker for pharmaceutical companies and doctors, anything that brings in that much money should be looked at skeptically. Smallpox is no longer given. "They" decided it had been eradicated. As stated earlier there hasn't been a wild case of polio since the 1970's. Why is the vaccine still being given? Because of money.

Danielle Bokelmann

Wow. Scientific evidence IS what we're dealing with, it's the just the information is swept under the rug so readily that people with "herd" mentality can't process it, because they can't see it, means it's not there, right? Ignorance is not bliss, and your panties are showing.


 

Ken Reibel

"As stated earlier there hasn't been a wild case of polio since the 1970's"


You know there are other countries besides the US, right?

Katie Hesney Johnson

Just because a disease has been eradicated here in the United States does NOT mean it's been wiped out of other countries. People travel to other countries and can take these dieseases back, such as military members coming back from other countries who do not have the resources to get the vaccinations. They are fully vaccinated, but if they carry it and come into contact with someone who is not vaccinated, it can be very harmful. 


I chose to vaccinate my daughter because I believe that is what is best for my child. End of story. 

Rhiannon Desiree' Mencarini

A good article adressing real herd immunity and the misconception of herd immunity amongst the vaccinated population. It sites many medical studies from real doctors and peer reviewed journals. A good read for anyone who is weighing the choice to vaccinate or not or judging those who have done home work.http://www.vaccineriskawareness.com/The-Herd-Immunity-Theory-Treating-Our-Children-Like-Cattle

Lisa Gorski

Whether vaccinating families want to admit to it or not, the vaccine pamphlets prove that they are full of heavy metals, toxins, and animal by-products, AND that full immunity CANNOT be guaranteed. I have read them myself. I have also evaluated the actual danger of the diseases that are vaccinated against, and they are NOT that scary! Anything is dangerous to a newborn, the elderly or the immune compromised, but to the general population, these diseases are not as deadly as they used to be. We have treatments for all of them now! I have personally seen children that have been healthy their entire lives and became permanently sick in one of multiple ways immediately after receiving a vaccination. I believe the ingredients in vaccines are dangerous, and I will not, under any circumstances, inject formaldehyde, mercury, or aluminum into my child's bloodstream to make another parent "more comfortable". MY priority is MY child, not yours, cold as that may sound. 

Megan Lee

I think it would be a scarier world if everyone was forced to be vaccinated. 

abra819 abra819

We vax on schedule! My child's protected at least, sorry for yours!

Jessie Reyes

If vaccines work, and your child is vaccinated, why are you worried about your vaccinated child catching whatever their vaccinated against? I mean, If you're still at risk either way, whats the point of vaccines?


When my daughter got her flu shot, she caught the flu from the vaccine(the full blown flu). She had never had the flu before that. So, it just makes me wonder, if you can catch the flu from a flu vaccine, whats to say that your child wont contract hep b or polio from the vaccines that are supposed to protect them from such an illness? I will never vaccinate my child again because I feel Im playing with fire everytime. I just got lucky with those first vaccinations.

ibebr... ibebreezy

I think the schools have no right to even know any medical information I do not want to share.

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