Parents of young children debate children’s vaccines

(Fox News) – After a contagious outbreak hit Virginia earlier this year, parents were quick to scoop up their children’s vaccines and they didn’t take long to provide proof.

The Inquisitr reported that by the time the 13 sickened by the Hawesville outbreak were hospitalized, all those young children had been vaccinated.

However, on April 4, CNN reporter Rebecca Berg tweeted, “Can you check my local vaccination report to make sure I’m following my doctor’s orders?”

“They are not following doctor’s orders at all!” tweeted Beth Feinstein Cannon.

Feinstein Cannon suggested that inoculations and vaccines are “scary” and “unrealistic” for some families, but “’protections’ are not meant to fix a problem.”

That seemed to strike a nerve with other concerned parents, particularly for a parent of a young girl, who said their daughter’s autoimmune disorder was atypical for her age.

Juana Del Carmen asked Berg if vaccines don’t still work. “It seems to me that vaccines have to be eliminated for everything to work. How can a vaccine work if it kills the healthiest part of the child?”

Others were frustrated with Indiana’s rush to vaccinate its youngest children and argued the state has no business telling parents what to do.

Others said they aren’t sure what other parents have to do with vaccinations.

“I want to feel OK with how I am raising my daughter,” Maria Del Toro said. “Would you be comfortable if the government told you what to do?”

When it comes to vaccinations, the balance comes down to balance between parents, society and doctors. Doctors have confirmed the benefits outweigh the risks.

“There is really no side effect if the vaccine is given early,” Dr. Cara Stothard, a pediatrician with Children’s Hospital of Indianapolis told Fox News. “Those are small doses and are not dangerous, and we’ve seen decades of research that says the vaccines are safe, both for the child and for the community.”

Dr. Stothard said vaccines are one of the most successful public health interventions in the world.

“We are safeguarding our children. We are protecting them from diseases like whooping cough, whooping cough and measles that we used to see but because of vaccines we have not seen those high mortalities again,” she said.

Stothard also agreed with Feinstein Cannon and said that vaccines do prevent infections, but said, “I wish they would give us more information.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles can be a painful and life-threatening illness with complications such as swelling of the airways and pneumonia.

“We talk to our patients, and these are the tools we have. They do help, but they do not fix a child,” said Stothard.

– Alison Strickland for Fox News

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