Inside Opinion

What's on the minds of Tacoma News Tribune editorial writers

NOTICE: Inside Opinion has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Inside Opinion.
Visit the new section.

Parental apathy over swine flu

Post by Kim Bradford on Sep. 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm with 4 Comments »
September 25, 2009 5:13 pm

This is disturbing: A poll of 1,678 U.S. parents found that only four in 10 are planning to get their child immunized against the H1N1 virus.

Less than half of those people who aren’t getting their kids vaccinated told the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital that they are not worried about their child becoming ill with the virus. That leaves a whole lot of other parents who appear to acknowledge their kid could get sick, but still won’t give them the shot.

Washington state’s decision yesterday to suspend its rules about the levels of mercury allowed in shots given to pregnant women and young children doesn’t help matters. I understand the rationale – mercury-free shots may not always be available and the state Department of Health wants to give people options. But lifting the mercury limit is only feeding concerns about the link between the mercury preservative called thimerosal and autism.

Several studies have ruled out such a link. The swine flu vaccination is just one shot compared to the many thimerosal-containing vaccinations kids used to get, but some parents would rather risk swine flu than take any chances.

A limited amount of mercury-free doses will be available, so concerned parents should try to seek those out. Low vaccination rates have societal consequences, allowing infectious diseases to gain traction and mutate into deadlier strains.

So far, about one in 13 U.S. swine flu deaths have been children.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. Saddening that something that can save lifes is being met with apathy and fear. Just one more snapshot of the current state of our Nation and World.

    If I could have it my way, I would require all children ages 4-17 to receive the vaccination in public school. I would require all health care workers, police officers, fire fighter and essential government employees (corrections officers, unemployment and social services, Legislature, Judges and courtroom workers et al, to get the vaccination.

    Require all member of the military and their family members to get the vaccination.

    If your not in public school or your are not an essential employee or military member, then, and only then, could you decide that you just don’t need a vaccination. If you have no responsibility to others and your family, then fine, just don’t get the vaccination. But if you get sick, don’t come crying to me or the government for help!

  2. johnesherman says:

    Just what is know about Thimerosal in Vaccines as presented by FDA is this Thimerosal in Vaccines, so is “Thimerosal, which is approximately 50% mercury by weight,…” good for children?

  3. reformedliberal says:

    Typical liberal attitude: “We know what’s good for you. Now shut-up and do as your told.”

    Wanna guess where you can put that attitude, TNT?

  4. just FYI…Thimerosal has been used in vaccines and multitudes of drugs and compunds since 1927.

    The only thing that Thimerosal has ever done is save lives of those who were dying from bacterial infections resulting from vaccines prior to it’s adoption in 1927.

    According some information I read, thimerosal is a primary ingredient in such things as tattoo ink, eye drops and nasal preparations. Every single one of us has been adminstered thimerosal many times over and over again during our lifetime.

    Your barking up the wrong tree if you have concern over an anti bacterial and anti septic being included in medicines you are taking.

*
We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0