It’s the age-old ‘should I vaccinate?’ question rearing its head again. So much anguished hand-wringing!
Never mind – the state will happily step forward and take the decision away from you, given half a chance:
A recent article published in the British Medical Journal debated the point of whether childhood immunisations should be made compulsory by law.
Are parents who decide not to vaccinate also making the choice for the children they come into contact with?
Dr Paul A Offit, chief of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, put forward a case for childhood vaccinations to be made mandatory.
He said: “In our world, science-based information is often obscured by false and misleading claims readily available in newspapers and magazines. Parents hear that the MMR vaccine causes autisum; that pertussis vaccine causes brain damage; and that the HPV vaccine causes blood clots, strokes, heart attacks. As a consequence some parents make bad decisions based on bad information.”
Dr Offitt concludes his article by saying: “Someday we may live in a world where we don’t scare parents into making bad health decisions. Until then, vaccine mandates are the best way to ensure protection from illnesses that have caused so much needless suffering and death.”Ahhh, the BMJ. That organ of the medical profession that is keen to peddle dodgy data, support doctors as they scaremonger about tobacco and alcohol and obesity and yearn for the days when capitalism is brought to heel. And no, I'm not joking about that last one!
Why doesn’t anyone trust it? It’s a mystery…