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Should people be allowed to avoid immunizations?

Response Percent Votes
65% 398
34% 207
Total 605


Kyle Chandler 2 years, 3 months ago

Because we've been vaccinating things for so long now havent we? Pass on the vaccine if its not really needed. Try teaching your children how to wash their hands instead.

the point is moot really because guess what?

my kid is un-vaccinated and is attending school with all your blessed children. Now you can go back to blaming Obama or something.


autie 2 years, 3 months ago

I like vaccines. I just wish there were more of them. My Doctor says there ain't no vaccine for stupid but she has some pills that might help.


Peacemaker452 2 years, 3 months ago

I have a question for those who are advocating for mandatory separation of children who have not been vaccinated: What do you propose to do with the children who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical reasons, not because of a decision their parents make? Should we lock them away to protect your child? They are, after all, just as big of a medical risk to your child as someone who doesn’t get vaccinated by choice.


KU_cynic 2 years, 3 months ago

Want your kid in the public schools? At public universities? On community youth sports teams? In Boy/Girl Scouts?

If so, then immunize your kids.

If not, then make your kids forgo such opportunities/activities, and in addition to being some kind of whacko libertarian conspiracy-theory nut you can be bad parent, too.


Travis Shinkle 2 years, 3 months ago

If you don't want to get vaccinated, then don't. For those of you who do (like me), get vaccinated.

I mean, really, isn't that the point? You get vaccinated so that people who have XYZ disease, obviously a person who is not vaccinated from said sickness or one who refuses to get vaccinated from said sickness, can't spread it to you?


verity 2 years, 3 months ago

Some years ago I read an article that stated that Thimerosal, the preservative used in vaccines settled to the bottom of the bottle, and if the bottle wasn't shaken to distribute it, the people getting the last few vaccinations could be getting excessive doses of it. The author seemed to think this might be related to the high incidence of autism supposedly occurring after childhood vaccinations. I have no idea of the validity of this opinion.

From the FDA website: "Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound (an organomercurial). Since the 1930s, it has been widely used as a preservative in a number of biological and drug products, including many vaccines, to help prevent potentially life threatening contamination with harmful microbes. . . . Thimerosal has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of inactivated influenza vaccine . . . . A preservative-free version of the inactivated influenza vaccine (contains trace amounts of thimerosal) is available in limited supply at this time for use in infants, children and pregnant women."

This site gives more information both on the safety of preservatives in vaccines and the necessity for preservatives. I suspect that a lot of the objection to childhood vaccines is based on misinformation or lack of information, but if it is your child there is reason to question them. I'm not advocating one way or the other---it's not a decision I will have to make.


chootspa 2 years, 3 months ago

This question is too vague. People? Do you mean adults or children? No exception for health issues, like egg allergies or cancer?

Should parents be allowed to exclude otherwise healthy children from vaccines and then send them to public school? No. I don't care what your religious or philosophical views are on the issue. Homeschool if it means that much to you.


Tony Kisner 2 years, 3 months ago

That people are now making a choice to allow their child to not be vaccinated seems to be an indicator of how important vaccines are. Prior to the to the polio vaccine I doubt this would be a question.


Agnostick 2 years, 3 months ago

I see this as very vague. Are we talking about adults avoiding immunizations for themselves, such as the annual flu vaccine? Or are we talking about parents who refuse to have their children immunized?


"Should parents be allowed to exempt their children from immunizations?"


Bunny_Hotcakes 2 years, 3 months ago

Seriously. If these whackadoos want an exception from vaccinating their kids, I want an exemption from their kids being within 50 feet of my kid.


Pywacket 2 years, 3 months ago

Superstitious people who, despite overwhelming medical evidence to the contrary, persist in thinking that vaccinations are harmful should have to homeschool their walking microbe breeders.

It's not fair to all the other children, some of whom could be immunodeficient, to have to be exposed to risk because of the nonsensical beliefs of the willfully ignorant. The anti-vaccine contingent would probably be better off homeschooling their kids, anyway, as they likely believe in creationism too.


Gandalf 2 years, 3 months ago

What was typhoid Mary's answer?


Flap Doodle 2 years, 3 months ago

Do you really want to take health advice from a D-list actress?


imastinker 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm really torn on this issue. On one hand I'm a libertarian leaning conservative that believes government should be limited and that the ends never justify the means. On the other hand I know what diseases have done to the world population time and time again, and herd immunity is much more effective than immunizations alone.

Look at what we've done as a society with Smallpox.

The last case was in 1977. It's fatal in about 1/3 of it's victims.


blindrabbit 2 years, 3 months ago

Depends on the disease; we don't need any anti-social disease carrying vectors out there spreading their cargo.


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