I would like to comment on the vaccination issue as the father of six children. My nephew had a fairly severe reaction to the DPT shot, and his mother, an RN, decided at that time not to vaccinate her subsequent six children. Her influence on my wife led to a conflict between the two of us, as I was more of the "well of course it is better to vaccinate" line of thought.
Being a fighter pilot in the Air Force, college degree, etc. (my wife also has a college degree), I tried to research the issue. I could find much about the exact statistical risk of the vaccines, but not for the risk of not vaccinating. I approached several doctors at the base, and none of them could quantify the risk of not vaccinating. They simply parroted the refrain "of course it is better to vaccinate."
As a parent I do not like to blindly follow the latest idea that doctor's decide is best for my children. Now we are finding out that some of the childhood vaccinations that supposedly protect us forever need to be re-administered as an adult. Until you convince me that the risk not to vaccinate is greater than the risk to vaccinate with scientific facts – something no one in the medical profession has been able to do for me – I will be against blindly taking my child in to get the huge number of shots required. When we travel as they are older, then we will vaccinate as required, when they are at less risk to an adverse reaction to the vaccination.
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As far as I have seen, especially recently in the news, the pro-vaccination side never presents facts, only the tired old refrain that the science is decided. Sound familiar? OK, show me the science! Give me the statistics! Prove your argument rather than using an ad-hominem attack to belittle me for my decision. Let us return to where we are not afraid to debate the facts rather than use ridicule only. If you want me to vaccinate my children, then convince me rather than bludgeon me.