Immunization no more: Inside the mindset of parents who spurn vaccination


mentalfloss
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Immunization no more: Inside the mindset of parents who spurn vaccination

Gloria Dignazio isn’t swayed by the heavy weight of scientific evidence that suggests vaccines have nothing to do with autism. After seeing her first daughter develop the condition in the wake of receiving an array of needles, she made sure her youngest would never be immunized.

“I’m not scared of my children getting any diseases,” said the Winnipeg legal assistant. “I’m scared of the vaccine. They’re man-made concoctions that are injected straight into the blood stream.”

Ms. Dignazio represents a surprisingly large chunk of Canadians who have turned their back on immunization despite its reputation as one of history’s great public-health successes. Figures obtained by the National Post suggest tens of thousands of parents exempt their children from various shots.

That attitude has come into sharp focus lately, after a large outbreak of measles in British Columbia was linked to a Dutch Reform congregation whose pastor says vaccines interfere with God’s will. Less well known is that a widespread whooping-cough outbreak in southern Ontario in 2012 originated among low-German Mennonites, who similarly spurn immunization.

Whether the ranks of such refuseniks are expanding is unclear, but the phenomenon of “vaccine hesitancy” has seized the attention of public-health experts, who worry that immunization programs are at risk after all but wiping out a long list of childhood diseases.

“It’s very concerning,” said Dr. Monika Naus, medical director of immunization with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. “That’s our No. 1 issue in immunization.… There is a lot of discussion now about vaccine hesitancy and how we can turn that tide around.”

Officials’ tactics include moving beyond the grey facts and answering emotional testimonials from anti-vaccination groups with mirror-image narratives: the stories of people who have lost loved ones to vaccine-preventable illnesses.

But who are the Canadians rejecting what the medical community considers an unmatched and safe weapon against communicable disease, and how numerous are they?

The motivations range from religious beliefs rooted in the Bible to fears of serious side-effects and distrust of pharmaceutical companies and those considered in cahoots with industry: doctors, public-health officials and governments.

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Nuggler
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Guess the antis weren't around during polio, TB, smallpox.

Good luck to em. Hope they have the money to pay the hospitalization costs should one of their offspring contract some dread disease...........falling right in line for Harper's plan to gut the remainder of the Health Care Act.
 
mentalfloss
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AHS orders more than 100 unvaccinated students to stay home to prevent measles spread (external - login to view)
 
Goober
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Refuse immunizations then no entry to school. Situations such as this have occurred in the US. Large out breaks schools required proof of immunization. Students were prohibited from attending school until proof was provided.
 
Spade
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Vaccination should be compulsory.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Guess the antis weren't around during polio, TB, smallpox.

Good luck to em. Hope they have the money to pay the hospitalization costs should one of their offspring contract some dread disease...........falling right in line for Harper's plan to gut the remainder of the Health Care Act.


Not to mention the permanent disabilities that come with having survived some of these diseases. Measles can make you deaf. Polio will cripple your body for life. Whooping cough can cause lung illnesses later in life.

I hate to say it, but sometimes people are unable to learn from history and need to witness the ravages of disease first hand to see why prevention is used.

Watching a child unable to breath and dying from a easily preventable disease...yikes.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Refuse immunizations then no entry to school. Situations such as this have occurred in the US. Large out breaks schools required proof of immunization. Students were prohibited from attending school until proof was provided.

This sounds like the best appoach. If they really want to stick it to them man, they should home school as well.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

This sounds like the best appoach. If they really want to stick it to them man, they should home school as well.


We are slowly becoming a very self centric society. We are encouraged to think of only ourselves.
 
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