Why are some parents not vaccinating their children?

by on November 5th, 2010 at 7:00 am

The recently released State of Health Care Quality report created by the National Committee for Quality Assurance found an interesting trend when it comes to vaccinations.

Researchers found the number of childhood vaccinations, including MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), decreased almost 3 percent between 2008 and 2009. Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccination rates also fell from 87.2 percent to 85.4 percent in the same one year period, and a similar decrease was seen in chickenpox vaccinations which dropped from 92 percent to 90.6 percent.

The yearly report is based on voluntary reporting from 1,000 health plans covering 118 million Americans, in addition to Medicaid data. Although the reasons for the decrease have yet to be explored, according to Sarah Thomas, vice president of public policy and communication for the National Committee for Quality Assurance ” the one leading hypothesis is that parents have decided not to get their children vaccinated because of concerns about the potential for side effects and even autism.”

The controversial belief that vaccinations cause autism is yet to be supported by scientific research but there are a number of parents who sustain their children began showing distinct symptoms shortly after vaccination.  As Lisa Rudley, whose child has been diagnosed with autism puts it, “Science is about observation, right?  Well, I watched my son descend into illness. I think a mother’s observation of her child is valuable.”

In performing research for this article, one of the things that stood out to me is that many of these parents aren’t looking to boycott vaccines all-together. What they do advocate is making vaccines safer by eliminating potentially dangerous ingredients and amending vaccination schedules so that a child’s immature immune system is not bombarded.

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6 Responses to “Why are some parents not vaccinating their children?”

  1. Cal

    Nov 5th, 2010

    Vaccinations are vital, can’t imagine why anyone would decline to get them.

    • shaine

      Nov 13th, 2010

      Hi Cal,

      There are too many cases of parents who have made the connection between the vaccine cocktail and their children’s illnesses to just dismiss this. One in 100 are now diagnosed with some neurological disorder or extreme social dysfunction. It deserves objective research apart from the companies that stand upon the profits of long shelf-life vaccines, if such exclusion is even possible anymore.

  2. A Tarallo

    Nov 5th, 2010

    Hi Cal,

    Thank you for your comment. I agree they are. I think this is mainly a concern regarding the scheduling of many vaccines in a short period of time and the fact that many vaccines contain harmful ingredients such as Mercury- which is known to be toxic the the central nervous system.

  3. Iain

    Nov 13th, 2010

    Mercury hasn’t been in children’s vaccines for years…

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