By Richard Yonck
FOR more than a decade, a small but vocal faction of parents and health professionals have advocated the avoidance of childhood vaccinations in response to a perceived risk of autism and other health issues. Legislation being considered in Washington state would require parents who do not vaccinate their children to submit proof they’ve been informed of the risks and benefits of immunization. This raises the question: In a society that has all but eradicated many devastating and potentially lethal diseases, why are some individuals willing to risk their return?
The idea of a link between MMR vaccinations (against measles, mumps and rubella) and autism can be traced to two events.
[Note from SaneVax: With all due respect to the author, when ( http://www2.med.umich.edu/prmc/media/newsroom/details.cfm?ID=1760 ) 89% of American parents put research into vaccine safety as their number one priority for spending precious research dollars, it hardly qualifies as a ‘small but vocal faction.’ Mr. Yonck probably does not realize mercury (thimerosal) was included in vaccines and ‘presumed’ safe for over 30 years before the first scientific study on its effects was even conducted. The SaneVax Team finds this information nothing short of appalling.
Parents have the right to know medical treatments and prophylactics (preventive medications/vaccines) are safe, necessary and effective before they decide if these interventions are right for their children….and yes, we do believe they have the right to make informed choices. They cannot make informed choices without scientific evidence. Parents are finally demanding that evidence – and justifiably so – they cannot fulfill their responsibilities as parents without it.]