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Saturday, February 7, 2015
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a
cranky old man with little expertise in the subject opined.Opposing opinions are welcome.Please, as always, no name calling, that
means you, you big numbskull.
the public good trump individual rights.Vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and polio among
others have virtually wiped out these very serious diseases.Time and experts have proven these
vaccinations to be safe, yet some parents do not want their children
vaccinated.They fear the vaccinations
are not safe.Many believe the
vaccinations may be responsible for the current increase in autism.They don’t want their children vaccinated.
have the right to not vaccinate their children?If their children are not vaccinated, do they put other children, very
young children who have not had the chance to be vaccinated, at risk?Do parents have the right to put others at
tests have proven the autism scare to be false.
do not trust experts.History has proven
that experts are sometimes not trustworthy.Sometimes they have other agendas.
believe they have other agendas in this case, but is it an individual’s right
to mistrust and to not vaccinate their children?
It is a
tricky question.Do we have a right to
determine what we do with our bodies?Can medicine, medical treatment, vaccinations be forced on us by
Government mandate?Do we have the right
If we don’t
where do we draw the line? I am told every year I should get a flu shot.I do not want a flu shot.I don’t trust them.They are different every year.Some people who get the shot still get the
flu.Some people think the shot gave
them the flu.These people are probably
wrong.They are probably stupid.I am probably stupid.Do I have a right to be stupid?
I don’t have
the right to drive my car 100 mph.It
puts others at risk.Does not
vaccinating your child put others at risk?Probably to some extent it does.Still, most in my generation had measles, mumps, chickenpox and rubella
as children.I did, yet sometimes these
diseases are fatal.
the vaccinations are safe and every child should have these vaccinations.I am not sure about the multiple vaccination
cocktail given to very young babies.I
would feel safer spreading the shots out over time, maybe six months to a year.That also is probably stupid.Do I have a right to be cautious?
hand, I don’t like government interference.I don’t like government telling me what I must do.On the other hand I don’t like being at risk
or having my children at risk because someone acts against the better good of
the whole community.
shower regularly.If I don’t others
suffer my odor.It may even be a health
risk.I don’t like being forced into
situations where I must suffer the poor grooming habits of others, but should
government regulate everyone’s personal hygiene?
I think vaccinations
should be easily available to all children.I think parents should be encouraged to vaccinate their children.I think there should be programs to educate
the public on the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations.Perhaps there should even be negative
incentive such as a tax on people not vaccinated.
of unvaccinated children suffer the scorn of others much like smokers, or
people with poor hygiene, then so be it.
Here is my
position.Make the vaccinations free if
there is a hardship issue.Encourage,
cajole, educate, and in some cases even quarantine those who choose not to
vaccinate. Make the decision not to vaccinate a difficult decision, but I do
not like to see government mandate health procedures.