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.
When does 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.
Do parents 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 risk?
Experts and tests have proven the autism scare to be false.
Some people do not trust experts. History has proven that experts are sometimes not trustworthy. Sometimes they have other agendas.
I don’t 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 to choose?
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.
I believe 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?
On one 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.
I should 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.
If parents 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.
I am on the fence with this one; a slight breeze could push me in either direction. Right now I am on the side of free choice. My mind tells me to mandate vaccinations. My gut tells me it is a potentially dangerous precedent to tell people what medicine or drugs they have to put in their bodies.
Opposing (well, a non wishy washy) view:
Opposing (well, a non wishy washy) view:
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.