After seeing this week's news about more than 80 cases of mumps spreading from Ohio State University off-campus and through Franklin County, I learned that Ohio is the ONLY state in the country that does NOT require children to be immunized before beginning school or daycare.
If you're a parent who does not get the proper vaccinations for your child, you' are endangering all the children they encounter, as well as your friends and neighbors.
This is especially true of children like mine, who is just beginning school. My girlfriend was telling me her concerns about our son being around other children since he is immune-suppressed following a life-saving liver transplant nearly five years ago.
To read more about what that means, click here for a similar story -> Anti-vaccination parents are risking my toddler's life, mother says.
Jenny McCarthy (pictured above, photo credit: Getty Images) has been one of the most outspoke critics of vaccinations. She has said, "Let me see if I can put this in scientific terms: Think of autism like a fart, and vaccines are the finger you pull to make it happen." Basically, she's of the camp that believes childhood immunizations are a main cause of autism in young children today. "I do believe sadly it's going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, ti's their F'ing fault that the diseases are coming back. They're making a product that's s#*t. If you give us a safe vaccine, we'll use it. It shouldn't be polio versus autism." (Time, 2009)
However, this premise has been completely debunked. There is no link between vaccinations and autism, especially since the removal of the preservative Thimerosal from the vaccines.
Areas with high rates of non-vaccinations has seen spikes in preventable disease. In 2014, it is unforgivable to not take advantage of preventative medicine to keep your child, and ours, safe from communicable illness. Every year, in developing countries, 10-million children under the age of five die from problems that have been all but eliminated thanks to proper immunization. And, for children like ours, who can not be vaccinated because of a medical condition it's even more frustrating to encounter classmates with parents who refuse to get those vaccinations. Children like ours can be kept from dangerous, deadly disease from the children around them if those children are properly vaccinated. It's a herd mentality, or herd immunity, when at least 95% of a population is properly vaccinated.
I'll have more of these numbers to share after 3 this afternoon on 1370WSPD.
What do you think? Should vaccinations be a choice for individual parents to make and not forced upon them by school systems or the government? Should parents ultimately decide what is best for their child and, if so, where does that leave the parents of children with whom they come in contact?
Or, should Ohio mandate childhood vaccinations for children in school, except where medical conditions preclude it?
Leave a comment or call The Scott Show at 3:15 with your opinion, 419-240-1370 or 866-321-1370. We'll talk with Dr. Rosemary D'Agostino, a pediatrician at the University of Toledo Medical Center, for her professional opinion at 3:35.
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