Friday, March 21, 2008


NYTimes article re: parents who don't vaccinate their children --

The whole point of vaccinating is so that children don't die from highly contagious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. I get the personal choice aspect for the parents, but the kids aren't the ones who are making those decisions for themselves. It seems weird and selfish to me -- one mother in the article admits that she's putting other children at risk. How on earth did we get this way?

I wonder if these parents would vaccinate against polio and smallpox? Typhoid and cholera if we lived in areas where those were present? Hepatitis? HIV if that ever becomes available?

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