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The big vaccine “debate”

wayfaringmd:

How do you deal with or have you ever encountered parents who don’t want to vaccinate their children? - anon

I hesitate to even respond to this question because I know I’m going to get some hate mail on it, but yes, I have. These people are everywhere. I honestly don’t understand it. The “theories” out there that people use to support alternative vaccination schedules or not vaccinating at all are shaky at best.

For example, the supposed vaccine/autism link? The people who originally released those “studies” admitted they were fraudulent. New, legitimate studies have continued to back up the safety of vaccines. 

The “I don’t want to expose my kid’s immune system to so much stuff” theory: crap.

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If your kid has been to Walmart or daycare or has played in a sandbox, I GUARANTEE they have been exposed to more germs and antigens in those short instances than they are when they get a shot of a killed, broken down virus. Babies explore new objects by putting them in their mouths. You think they’re not licking up millions of germs a day? Think again. The whole point of exposing the kid to these antigens is to strengthen the immune system so that when they come into contact with truly dangerous diseases, they have some defense against them. 

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