a friend of yours tells you that they do not want to vaccinate their c
A friend of yours tells you that they do not want to vaccinate their child because
they are worried about the risks associated with vaccinations.
• How would you rid your friend of his/her misconceptions? (Note: Don't just
say "I would direct them to websites or other sources of information" -
instead, find such references and summarize the info in a way that
demonstrates you understand)
• What would you say about the specific risks both to the unvaccinated child
and to children they come in contact with?
• Your child is too young for the vaccine in question and cannot be
vaccinated for another year, would you allow your child to play with or
carpool with an unvaccinated child? Would you take any precautions?
• In order to avoid traditional vaccinations, some parents are intentionally
infecting their children with diseases in an effort to provide "natural
immunity"- going so far as to order chicken-pox infected lollipops or
holding "pox parties," believing that this practice is safer than vaccinations.
What do you think of this practice? Are there any dangers associated with
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Smith JA. 1998. Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and
pervasive developmental disorder in children. The Lancet, 351: 637-641, Available
here: Wakefield et al. 1998.pdf.
You are not restricted to these questions - you can expand on the topic in addition
to these questions.
Do your research before you begin. Don't just state your opinion - you must
substantiate it with science-backed evidence (anecdotal evidence is not
substantiation). Be sure to use reputable sources when researching this topic.
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