Sept 18, 2014, Jewish Journal: Why I have not yet vaccinated my daughter | Jews and Mormons
It looks like The Atlantic is the latest media outlet to bash parents who choose not to follow the most aggressive vaccine regimen in the world. My wife and I have chosen not to vaccinate our 11-month-old daughter, though we may change our minds when she heads off to school. We feel good about this decision, which is not at all religiously based: There are plenty of Mormons who vaccinate their kids, and some who don't.....
A family member has two children with autism, and with the help of a pediatric neurologist she discovered that a brain abnormality present in the older child usually appears in a fetus during the same month that she received a tetanus shot. It could be a coincidence, but I doubt it. Also, why in the world was she given a tetanus shot during pregnancy? Doctors cannot identify even a single cause of autism, and there is no doctor alive who can definitively state that no vaccine has ever triggered a predisposition for autism in someone. We've known too many people whose children's lives were ruined by some of these shots (the MMR vaccine is the leading culprit). Not surprisingly, all of the major studies that exculpate vaccines have been funded by pharmaceutical companies. Unless and until more is learned about the cause(s) of autism, there is no way that our daughter will be vaccinated until the autism window for her has passed.
The fury with which the pro-vaccine crowd denounces anyone who suggests that the vaccine regimen might be harmful indicates to me that there is something else in play here, probably money. I don't have another explanation for the extraordinarily aggressive vaccine regimes in this country....
This piece is by Mark Paredes, Mormon Bishop and a member of the Jewish Relations Committee of the LDS Church's Southern California Public Affairs Council.
I posted three comments on this story. Here is an incredibly will-informed dad and he's exercising his right NOT TO VACCINATE. I was impressed by his first line:
"It looks like The Atlantic is the latest media outlet to bash parents who choose not to follow the most aggressive vaccine regimen in the world."
That's what the media always does when the issue is vaccine safety. They're right there telling us vaccines are safe, go ahead vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate. The question is, are they writing in the best interest of children or their advertisers?
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