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Mom Warns Everyone About The Dangers Of Anti-Vaxxing After Her Daughter Ends Up In ER
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Mom Warns Everyone About The Dangers Of Anti-Vaxxing After Her Daughter Ends Up In ER

The flaming hot debate between those for and against vaccinating children has flared up once again. Registered nurse Camille Echols’ daughter Ashley recently had to be treated in the ER after being exposed to a child with chickenpox, which prompted the mom to pen a scathing essay about ‘anti-vaxxers’ and the danger they create for kids like hers.

Anti-vaxxers have used a number of medical and ethical arguments to make a case for themselves. Some take issue with the supposed ‘harmful ingredients’ inside vaccines that they believe may cause allergic reactions, pneumonia, and even neurological disabilities like autism, notions which have largely been debunked. Others are angered by laws requiring all children to be vaccinated in order to attend public schools, and accuse the government of intervening in personal medical matters.

Despite the curiosity anti-vaxxers provoke, overwhelming evidence from the Centers for Disease Control maintains that vaccines are safe for children and adults, and that they are necessary in order to protect the public. For children like Ashley Echols, who live with compromised immunity, it only takes one unvaccinated child to transmit a disease that could kill them.

Read Camille’s plea below, and tell us what you think in the comments!

(h/t: scarymommy)

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Adam Havlík
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5 years ago

Seatbelts can sometimes have negative side effects too, but would you let your children drive without them? No. If children can get vaccinated and their parent choose not to do it, it's child abuse, pure and simple.

Laury M.
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5 years ago

It goes further than that though. One of the best features of vaccination is 'herd immunity', where people with lowered or inexistent immune systems are protected when they're unable to receive the vaccine themselves. You not only risk your child's life on the pretty insulting basis that death would be better than being autistic, you also endanger other people.

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Vanessa
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5 years ago

I'll never understand anti-vaxxers. It's a luxury only rich country can afford.

Zenozenobee
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5 years ago

Definitivly! People do not even understand the luck they have to live in 21st century and in a country where vaccines are accessible. I mean, Black Plague: 30 to 50% of European population killed! Malaria 500 000 people killed each year NOWDAYS! Hell, what we call in France "Spanish Flu" killed more people than WW1! I wonder if the problem doesn't partially come from the fact that we "forgot" to be affraid of dying. We do not remember famines or epidemics. We're supposed to get old, we do not realize that it's not "natural".

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Hazel Waring
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5 years ago

The scientist responsible did not commit suicide. In fact he still preaches at talks to convince others to let kids be at risk. A man with morals that low wouldn't do the decent thing and kill himself.

Adam Havlík
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep, Andrew Wakefield - still pushing his bullshit. That guy should get covered in eggs and tomatoes wherever he goes, and not be still profiting from it >_<

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Adam Havlík
Community Member
5 years ago

Seatbelts can sometimes have negative side effects too, but would you let your children drive without them? No. If children can get vaccinated and their parent choose not to do it, it's child abuse, pure and simple.

Laury M.
Community Member
5 years ago

It goes further than that though. One of the best features of vaccination is 'herd immunity', where people with lowered or inexistent immune systems are protected when they're unable to receive the vaccine themselves. You not only risk your child's life on the pretty insulting basis that death would be better than being autistic, you also endanger other people.

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Vanessa
Community Member
5 years ago

I'll never understand anti-vaxxers. It's a luxury only rich country can afford.

Zenozenobee
Community Member
5 years ago

Definitivly! People do not even understand the luck they have to live in 21st century and in a country where vaccines are accessible. I mean, Black Plague: 30 to 50% of European population killed! Malaria 500 000 people killed each year NOWDAYS! Hell, what we call in France "Spanish Flu" killed more people than WW1! I wonder if the problem doesn't partially come from the fact that we "forgot" to be affraid of dying. We do not remember famines or epidemics. We're supposed to get old, we do not realize that it's not "natural".

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Hazel Waring
Community Member
5 years ago

The scientist responsible did not commit suicide. In fact he still preaches at talks to convince others to let kids be at risk. A man with morals that low wouldn't do the decent thing and kill himself.

Adam Havlík
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep, Andrew Wakefield - still pushing his bullshit. That guy should get covered in eggs and tomatoes wherever he goes, and not be still profiting from it >_<

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