Student View: The Anti-Vaccination Movement

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A student receives an influenza vaccine at the Boone County Department of Health and Human Services, on West Worley St. The district does not provide these shots to RBHS students at school. However, the influenza clinics will travel to all elementary and middle schools in the Columbia Public Schools school district. Photo by Maribeth Eiken.

Kristine Cho

The recent measles outbreak, centered around California and spreading along the west coast , has brought up the topic of a parent’s choice of vaccinating or not vaccinating one’s children. A recent infection spread through Disneyland pushed the infected total to 170 in the United States, but the cause has been accredited to the anti-vaccines movement.
The movement followed a study published in The Lancelet, by Dr. Andrew Wakefield  (who was later found to have falsified the evidence ), which claims that vaccines cause autism. Those in the movement also claim that it is their own personal right to decide whether they vaccinate their children or not. Other reasons in the movement have been scientifically disproved. [TS-VCSC-Content-Flip flip_style=”style1″ flip_effect_style1=”horizontal” flip_effect_style2=”ts-flip-right” flip_effect_speed=”medium” flip_size_auto=”true” flip_size=”200″ front_html=”false” back_html=”false” back_content=”“When it’s a public health care concern and when dozens of kids are getting this thing that we created a vaccine to prevent and some parents are too ignorant to give their kids vaccines, I think that’s wrong.”
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” read_more_link=”false” read_more_txt=”Read More” read_more_target=”_parent” front_icon_replace=”true” front_image=”271929″ front_image_full=”true” front_icon_size=”70″ flip_border_thick=”1″ front_icon_frame_thick=”1″ front_padding=”false” front_icon_padding=”0″ front_icon_frame_color=”#000000″ flip_border_color_front=”#dddddd” back_color=”#ffffff” back_color_title=”#ffffff” back_background=”#1f8218″ flip_border_color_back=”#dddddd” read_more_color=”#000000″ read_more_background=”#dddddd” animations=”false” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″]By Kristine Cho
Should it be okay for parents to not to vaccinate their children? What do you think?