July 16, 2006


More parents resisting vaccines for kids (Carol M. Ostrom, 7/17/06, Seattle Times)

They're the "conscientious objectors" of the public-health world: parents who resist giving their children vaccines.

Their numbers are increasing, public-health officials say, although nobody knows exactly how many there are.

Some are parents like Pam Beck, a Vashon Island mom who says she once trusted doctors and public-health officials to know best. But years ago, when two of her children had what she calls extreme reactions to pertussis vaccine, that all changed.

"There's a lot of people here who don't vaccinate," Beck notes. "My daughter-in-law decided not to do it, just to be safe," she said, speaking of her 2 ½-year-old grandchild.

How is it conscientious to put your kids and public health at risk?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2006 8:36 AM

I see a future of bumper crop business for trial lawyers as these kids grow up and diseases we thought conquered start causing serious illnesses among the population.

First impulse will be to sue somebody with deep pockets, most probably government agencies for not demanding that kids be immunized before they enter the school system.

It's really amusing, the nanny staters want to interfere with every aspect of our lives, but when there is a sensible need to keep our kids healthy using time tested and safe techniques, they pander to parents who are themselves being manipulated by know-nothing conspiracy lunatics.

Posted by: erp at July 16, 2006 9:41 AM

A perfect example of total ignorance about science and its benefits to our modern society not to mention blatant child abuse. Erp is absolutely right, when her child develops brain damage from measels she will be looking to sue someone, anyone.

Posted by: morry at July 16, 2006 9:56 AM

Certain groups of trendy parents will do whatever special interest groups with the right cache tell them. So they end up fearing some hypothetical danger such as global warming far more than the real health dangers that are out there if their children aren't vaccinated properly (and fearing the vaccines is something that works to the advantage of trial lawyers, who if they were successful in any class-action suits against the drug-makers here would turn around a few years later and sue doctors for not prescribing medication to protect children from the diseases that the vaccines had been handling).

Posted by: John at July 16, 2006 1:05 PM

Some individuals could not be vaccinated, yet will be totally safe if everyone else is. It's a numbers game - as long as a certain % is vaccinated, the disease will not spread at all. Go below that rate, and it will.

One can buck the system, keep their child unvaccinated, and still have good public health. The only problem is that if too many people don't vaccinate their child, the disease will strike suddenly.

Can't remember what the minimum % is.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at July 17, 2006 12:49 PM