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Dr. Alanna Levine, MD, FAAP says that disease can re-emerge if parents stop vaccinating. Do you agree with what the doctor says?


 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:53 AM on Jul. 31, 2010 in Parenting Debate

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  • Good Hygiene, Basic Sanitation & a Healthy Lifestyle are generally all that is needed to prevent these illnesses. A little common sense tends to go along way too! In addition, when these illnesses ARE contracted, we have the treatments today which make their long term threats non-existent today, and which make recovery time faster and comfort levels much higher. Point is, even if these illnesses were to make this "comeback" that we all keep hearing about, they would be less of a threat than the vaccines themselves. With treatment polio is not only 100% curable but it can be done quickly and with minor long term affects... Yet, the polio vaccine causes THOUSANDS of documented long term injuries a year and many many deaths... And the same can be said for just about every illness we vaccinate against. So what exactly is the point of the vaccines?
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:39 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • I think that in a way she is right. Vaccines are not 100%, and with the amount of parents choosing to not vacinate their children at all on the rise I do think that we will see a rise in the diseases that we have not really seen in a while.
    fallnangel3

    Answer by fallnangel3 at 8:04 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • If parents stop vaccinating, the children will NOT be protected from the diseases. These diseases still exist around the world. We do not live in a bubble. These disease WILL re-emerge if parents stop vaccinating. It really is a double edged sword.
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 8:06 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • There are already instances of a rise in Wooping Cough, measels, mumps and TB. There is no "what if" it is already a "happening".
    emptynstr

    Answer by emptynstr at 8:36 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • yes, i def agree with what a DOCTOR says more so than a non-vac parent. if their child gets it and dies or is disabled for life they will be on the other side of the picket line
    angevil53

    Answer by angevil53 at 8:33 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • I think it is to help protect everybody. So she could be right.
    sta517

    Answer by sta517 at 7:55 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • OMG yes! Have you been reading the papers. In USA, there is a whooping cough outbreak. Germs don't die, they lay and wait and mutate to become stronger. Vaccines are very important for the health of our children.
    momx3gx1b

    Answer by momx3gx1b at 8:53 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Infections and other illnesses cannot be avoided simply by good hygene. Easing hands, eating right, cleaning toys...all things that can reduce your chances but it does not eliminate your risks. MARA can live on curtains, a couch, a jacket - for well over 30 days. The scary reality is these super bugs are here and many parents are given conflicting information. It is true that the diseases never went away with vacination. They are just in a long hibernation and will come back stronger if 20% of our population at any given time decides to not vacinate. We are reaching that critical point. My expectation is many diseases will return but shortly after it will be mandatory for all citizens to get innoculated when it becomes pandemic proportions.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 10:57 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Infectious diseases can be avoided with basic hygiene. But I agree that vaccines are efficient against viruses that could cause lethal diseases.
    Honestbest

    Answer by Honestbest at 8:04 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • yes i also do agree with it
    oppsdiditagain

    Answer by oppsdiditagain at 8:49 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

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