IDK how many times I've seen on here that parents who choose not to vaccinate should have their children taken away, that insurance companies shouldn't pay for anything related to something the vaccine may have prevented, or that the parents should be accountable and charged if the child contracts a disease there is a vaccine for. If so, why wouldn't the same go for parents who  do choose to vaccinate? Everyone knows that all vaccines come with very serious risks and none are totally safe. At least I hope everyone knows. So why shouldn't parents who choose to vaccinate their kids have them taken away? After all, they're knowingly putting their child(ren) at risk. If insurance shouldn't pay for children contracting possibly vaccine preventable diseases, should they also not cover damages caused by vaccines? If a vaccinated child contracts a vaccine preventable disease, is the parent accountable for making the choice to risk them when no protection was gained? If a parent should be charged due to their non vaccinated child being harmed by something that may have been prevented by a vaccine, should the parent of a vaccinated child who's vaccines(s) killed or injured him/her be charged as well? Accountability goes both ways. Vaccinations are and should remain a choice for this very reason. Bad may come from either side. There is no one 100% guaranteed safe option. Just weighing out risks and benefits. Do you know just how many parents would be screwed if they were held accountable for their child(ren)'s vaccine related injuries or death? Far more than the number of parents who's child(ren) suffered from not being vaccinated. There's something to think about.

This is not a vax/non vax debate. Agreeing and/or disagreeing comments are fine. But stay on journal topic and keep all rude or condescending remarks to yourself or your comment will be deleted.

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Kaida...
Aug. 2, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Voted popular! :)

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enetsala
Aug. 2, 2009 at 10:43 PM

excellent point...voted popular

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kyrie...
Aug. 2, 2009 at 11:02 PM

nice post! you make a very good point! everyone should be accountable for their actions, and should also be informed before making the kind of choices that will impact their children. i heart you!

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ronis...
Aug. 3, 2009 at 1:57 AM

clapping

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milfa...
Aug. 3, 2009 at 2:16 AM

good

Absolutely!!

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Beths...
Aug. 3, 2009 at 7:43 AM

Good post!!! I've seen on this site numerous times people saying that it should be illegal NOT to vaccinate, that it's child abuse if you don't get your child vaccinated and even some people who vaccinate screaming that they don't want their kids to play with unvaccinated children!! ( Beats me how you can figure how who's been vaxed and who hasn't just by looking at them). Personally, I had my kids vaccinated when they were babies because I didn't know then what I know now about vaccinations; if I had known, I wouldn't have gotten them vaccinated. They will not be getting any additional vaccines, Hepatitis, Chicken Pox, etc.

That being said,it's everyone's personal choice whether or not they choose to vax and it doesn't make a difference to me one way or the other.

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Lb128f
Aug. 3, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Good post.

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ladys...
Aug. 3, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Woo, great post. :)

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Bears...
Aug. 3, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Great post! 

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Stiff...
Aug. 3, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Until I joined this site, I never knew how absurd some people could be. I raise my kid's how I see fit, just like you. I don't understand how some people could have problems, or go so far as to call people names because they don't agree with their choices. And it happens on a daily basis around here. My children are happy, healthy, and loved. And that's all anyone else should know. Having your children taken away because you don't vaccinate? That's rediculous! I don't understand why someone can't just accept the fact that it's your choice, you're the parent. Although I do vaccinate(selevtive and delayed) it's my choice. I would never even try to talk someone who doesn't into doing it. And I would NEVER keep my child from playing with a child because their parents choices were different than mine.

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