Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Yet another reason to question vaccinations

I just read a breaking news article on about how the mumps shots didn't fully protect during the 2006 outbreak

Most of the college students who got the mumps in a big outbreak in 2006 had received the recommended two vaccine shots, according to a study that raises questions about whether a new vaccine or another booster shot is needed.

Of those in that group who knew whether they had been vaccinated, 84 percent had had two mumps shots, according to the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments.

That "two-dose vaccine failure" startled public health experts, who hadn't expected immunity to wane so soon—if at all.

No one seems to be questioning whether we need this vaccination or not, they just want to add a third shot to the series or try to find another vaccine.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather my children get the wild virus while they are children. Mumps is a relatively minor childhood disease when your children are well nourished but is a dreadful disease if you catch it as an adult. I don't see the point in protecting children with vaccines only to have them that protection wane as an adult. Makes no sense at all.

I'm feeling even better about our decision not to give the kids the MMR shot.


Alison said...

I also decided against the MMR vaccine for my girls. It's amazing how little responsibility people are willing to take when it comes to making an informed decision. There are many arguments against the MMR vaccine, if you're willing to look, learn and think for yourself.
Thanks for the confirmation :)

Kris said...

I'm *still* looking for someone who can contaminate my kids with chicken pox! I did vaccinate, but if I had to do it over again, would not. A friend of mine is using a homeopathic method to boost her infants immunity. I like the idea of that!