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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nonmember avatar Sunshinedaisy

I have an Autistic 8 year old daughter. When she was 2 weeks old, she could reach out and grab toys placed within arms reach. She was advanced in many other developmental milestones as well. She held up her head unsupported five minutes after delivery. She could say mama and baba at 4 months. Then, she got her shots. She developed a fever and became lethargic. I didn't worry, because my oldest always had a fever with her vaccines as well. Three days after the shots, i worried. The fever was gone, but she was still lethargic. It was 6 months later before she could lift her head on her own. It was a year before she spoke another word. Two weeks before her 3rd birthday, she took her first steps. I remember thinking that she might be very advanced, when she developed so quickly in her infancy. Then overnight her world shrank and changed forever. Maybe it wasn't the vaccinations, but I know I am not taking any more chances with my children. She and her sister are now homeschooled so that they aren't required to have vaccinations. I am just glad that I still have the right to choose, and don't have to rely on the opinions of someone who hasn't been there, and who really doesn't understand. The day that changes, is the day we move elsewhere.

nonmember avatar MOTHER

I DONT VAC... DO ALL OF US A FAVOR AND DO SOME RESEARCH YOU WILL ME SHOCKED TO SEE HOW LONG THEM VAC WORKS FOR , 10- 20 -30 YEARS -LIFE ? LOL ...IM NOT PUTTING MY KIDS AT RICK IN THERE EARLY AGES BECAUSE THATS WHATS RECOMMENED. I DID MY RESEARCH SO DO YOURS AND TELL ME AS ADULTS- EARLY TEENS- ARE PROTECTED BY BEING VAC AS A BABY AND YOUNG ADULT .

Ana Hernandez

If you vaccinate your kids,why are you so afraid? do your shots not work. then why take them and put mercury in your system. Bill Gates admits to using vaccines to depopulate the world. Funny... Dr. Ozz don't vaccinate his kids either. Hmmmmm. maybe he knows something you don't. just saying

nonmember avatar TiS

Totally agree. The reduction in vaccinations in the UK due to ridiculous scaremongering has resulted in record infections of Pertussis (whooping cough) in babies too young to be vaccinated, so the UK govt has introduced a programme of vaccinations in late pregnancy in an effort to reduce deaths. Yes, deaths, people. This is what not vaxxing does. At the other end of the spectrum both of my parents (in their late 60s/early 70s) have now had whooping cough for FOUR MONTHS. They are shadows of their former selves and its terrifying seeing them so ill from what is 'just a childhood infection'. Grrr.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

As someone who actually remembers polio (yes, I'm old) and how it could get someones child at any time, I am for ALL the vaccinations.  When I had my son (very) late in life, people found it surprising I was going to allow for all the vaccinations, because I'm more than a little "crunchy."  Although I use natural remedies over conventional medicine whenever possible, there is a time & place for modern medicine.  Wiping out part of the population due to a controllable disease?  Not so controllable if some of you selfish ones re-introduce these diseases because of your "principles" and lifestyle that impinges (and possilbly kills) others.   Smallpox or polio anyone? 

Angela Hodges-Tompkins

Well all I can say is, if you or your child comes into my home and you are not vaccinated and the result of that causes illness in my child or husband (whom has a compromised immune system due to psoriasis).......let's just say the outcome won't be pretty. Why would anyone take the risk, no matter how small, as to not vaccinate? It has literally wiped out diseases such as small pox, polio, ect. I really just don't understand these parents to who chose to self diagnose and be anti-vax.....all you are doing is putting my family and thousands of others at risk.

Cara Petree

dont be so stupid and ignorant to think people dont vaccinate because of paranoia or not trusting doctors. i think youd be surprised how many docs out there dont vaccinate their own families and dont push the vaccine schedule on their patients. and the reason vaccines became a choice for kids to attend school was bc school became mandatory. you cant force parents to do something to their kids thats against their beliefs, their convictions, goes against what they decide is the best for their family, how stupid to think so! and do some research for yourself, get it right from govnt resources, no vaccine has EVER had any part in ending a disease, youll find that these diseases ceased bc of cleaner living conditions not from a shot and that the vaccine for a particular disease wasnt released to the public until years after. my kids are not vaccinated, i would never allow you or anyone push ur beliefs on my family.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

"Beliefs" should have nothing to do with world-wide disease or life & death, Cara.  Think of others besides your own family.

nonmember avatar Melanie

Drop the herd immunity argument please. The reality is, if vaccines are so 100% and fool proof, how can my unvaccinated children pose a threat to a healthy, vaccinated child? Especially under the opinion that the vaccinated child has been given an immunity to said disease? My children are very active, fed well, and exceptionally healthy. My concern never lay in autism, but the 'necessity' of injecting unnecessary medications into my children. Then I looked at ingredient lists. I was horrified. There are things in them I wouldn't let my children TOUCH. If their food had been exposed to MANY of the ingredients, I wouldn't allow them to eat it. How could I, as ANY kind of parent, allow someone to INJECT this filth directly into their bodies? And yes, many studies for BOTH sides of the debate have been disproven. Ignore those as the nonissue they are. There have been dozens upon dozens of studies, by respected sources, that have NOT been disproved. Please, at LEAST research both sides.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

 . . . and you're probably to young to know what an iron lung is.

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