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Tag: childhood immunization


HPV: Abstinence preferable to vaccination

Re: “Federal panel endorses HPV vaccine for boys” (TNT, 10-26).

In the sincere concern and effort that goes to protect our precious children, we often overlook the real causes of their difficulties.

Drugs to prevent sexually transmitted disease in youngsters don’t get at the cause of the trouble. Mary Baker Eddy states, in her book” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” that “Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.”

The stability of our society seems to be going to

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VACCINES: Immunizing kids is win-win for all

I was very happy to see that the U.S. has pledged support for the GAVI Alliance (a public/private global health partnership to immunize children in the poorest countries). Today, more than 30 common infectious diseases are preventable with vaccines.

By the end of 2010, GAVI-funded vaccines had prevented more than 5 million future deaths caused by hepatitis B, Hib (H. influenza type b), pertussis, measles, yellow fever and polio, as well as new vaccines against pneumonia, meningitis and diarrhea. And that’s not including millions more who would have suffered debilitating illness and/or permanent disability.

Aside from the fact that this

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VACCINE: Requirement for opting out is demeaning

Re: “It shouldn’t be too easy to opt out of vaccinations” (editorial, 3-25).

I am one of those parents who exempted my children from school-entry immunization requirements. That choice came from many hours and years of research; it was not made lightly.

I take offense that I am referred to as one of those parents who get their information from “questionable Internet sites and quacks” and that I am “too busy with other matters to bother scheduling an appointment.” That implies I am risking my children’s health by signing a “convenient” signature on a form.

Requiring me to get a

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