"What if a mother decided not to vaccinate her daughter for measles, based on rumors that the vaccine causes autism, and her daughter gets the disease at the age of 4 and passes it to a 1-year-old, who is too young for the vaccine, at her day care center. And what if that baby dies?
"... 'One can make a legitimate, state-sanctioned choice not to vaccinate,' the bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan and his co-authors write, 'but that does not protect the person making that choice against the consequences of that choice for others.' Since epidemiologists today can reliably determine the source of a viral infection, the authors argue, a parent who decides not to vaccinate his kid and thus endangers another child is clearly at fault and could be charged with criminally negligent homicide or sued for damages. ...
"Here's why the anti-vaxxers are wrong and Caplan and his co-authors are right to raise the idea of suing or criminally charging them: Parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids for reasons of personal belief pose a serious danger to the public..."
My comments were removed after being flagged as "propaganda." I had only posted two of them when they were pulled. Propaganda? Really? Look at the other comments!
Arthur Caplan hasn't even seen a real increase in autism---he's perfect for this.
Excuse me, but please explain WHY doctors can't be sued for vaccine damage but parents should be sued if they don't vaccinate. That's a lose--lose situation. Health Impact News
"Dr. Deirdre Little, a pediatrician in Australia, was the first one to sound the alarm over the HPV vaccine causing premature menopause when she observed it in one of her 16 year old patients in 2012. Dr. Little published a paper in the British Medical Journal warning that the premature menopause of a healthy 16-year-old girl may be linked to the Gardasil vaccination. You can watch an 8 minute interview with Dr. Little." USA Today
"Two new studies add to a growing body of evidence pointing to pregnancy as a critical period in the brain changes that lead to autism.
"One study, published Tuesday in Annals of Neurology, finds a four-fold increase in autism among women who had very low levels of a key thyroid hormone, called thyroxine. Researchers found the link in a study of more than 4,000 Dutch mothers and children. Doctors took blood samples from women around the 13th week of pregnancy, then followed up six years later, asking women to fill out a standard psychological checklist about the child's behavior and emotional traits.
"A second study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, notes that pregnant women who have their labor started or sped up artificially are slightly more likely to have autistic children....
"Science has ruled out vaccines as a cause of autism, says Gregory, who notes that the original myth about autism and immunizations arose from bogus research that has since been retracted.
"About one in 88 American children have an autism diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
Another opportunity to remind us that the link to vaccines has been debunked. I posted comments.