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Hib Outbreak Kills Unvaccinated Child, Does this change anyone's mind about vaccination?

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We had a death from a child who was unvaccinated. We want to encourage parents who have delayed or refused vaccination to reconsider," Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH, of the Minnesota Department of Health, said at the news conference. "Hib vaccine not only protects your child, but also protects babies who have not completed their primary series or those who have immune compromise."

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Asked by julieh0906 at 8:57 PM on Jan. 23, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • Not mine.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 9:41 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • well laura better hope your kid doesnt catch it then

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:46 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • Mine is vaccinated. But, everything we do is a chance.
    Vaccinate? You might have side-effects, which can include permanent problems and even death.
    Don't vaccinate? Your child may catch the illness and suffer permanent problems or even death.

    We make the best decisions we can for ourselves and our children. We throw the dice and take our chances. Hindsight is always 20-20. There are plenty of parents out there who regret the decision they make - both for and against vaccines.


    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:44 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • As a mom whose kids have both suffered moderate to severe vaccine reactions, I agree with Kaycee 100%. It's a total gamble either way.

    Answer by boystimes2 at 8:12 AM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • Nope, I won't change my mind.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 12:52 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • Doesn't change my mind. Go here to learn more about the disease and the vaccine:
    Note that at the bottom, it does say that even the vaccinated catch this.
    "In 1995, out of 74 Hib disease cases where age and vaccination status were known, 41 or 55 percent had received at least one Hib shot; 22 were appropriately vaccinated for their age; and 18 had completed the primary series."


    Answer by Autumn22 at 1:40 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • Nope. I'm currently breast-feeding which is really good protection against hib.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:31 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • Both my children have received their vaccines up to 18 months. My oldest is 7 and has not had her boosters. She is on the spectrum and has mercury poisoning and too fragile at this time. I may reconsider when she is older. My son is 4 and considered still up to date. He is also on the autism spectrum. I would give him his booster before my daughter. But I would use a delayed vaccine schdule. Also I found out my daughter is allergic to eggs so she should not have some shots anyways.

    Answer by jthor at 2:47 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • Doesn't change my mind.

    Answer by indigostone at 3:29 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

  • No, because what the media fails to tell you is that there are many serious events associated with vaccinations each year, way more than there are cases of people catching a disease and dying from it. Also, most diseases that we vaccinate for nowadays were already on their way out when vaccines came on the market, so they're not necessarily the saviors so many think they are. Oh, and think about this, superbugs are on the rise - ever consider it is because we've killed off all the weaker ones through vaccination programs, so now the "healthier" bugs have mutated beyond what little protections vaccines give? Huh, have you?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:10 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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