Vaccinations

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Not an easy decision for many parents of newborns, vaccinating a child has become the topic of significant controversy.  Theories it leads to autism or even death are the terrible flip side to the promise of protection from killer disease.  
 
The recent outbreak of Whooping Cough in Hunterdon County has put focus on the pertussis vaccine.  As quoted in mycentraljersey.com, John Beckley, Director of the Hunterdon County Department of Health said while all of the infected children received their childhood vaccinations, that some vaccines lose their effectiveness over time. "That's why there's a fairly new requirement in New Jersey that children 10 years old going into grade six have to get a pertussis booster."
 
The kids from Hunterdon that had exemptions from vaccinations were taken out of school immediately, asked to stay home until the Whooping Cough outbreak ran its course, and those parents were asked to get their children some sort of preventative treatment. 
 
Was the decision to vaccinate your children difficult?  If you opted out, what led you to that choice and does this story have you second-guessing it?  Do you have concerns about vaccination-exempt children in school with your kids? 

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Scary, these misguided parents who won't vacinate their children. Keep them out of Metuchen's schools.

It is an interesting topic.

One doctor wrote a book about vaccines

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/health/13auti.html?_r=2&em

and it is an interesting read. One of his points is "“When Jonas Salk invented polio vaccine, he was a hero — and I’m a terrorist?” he jokes, referring to a placard denouncing him at a recent demonstration by antivaccine activists outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta."

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