Friday, January 7, 2011
For years and years and years, I've either dived in, head-first, when the vaccination "debate" comes up or I've tiptoed away, sick to my stomach, repulsed and repelled. Sophie's seizure disorder aside, other than the main fact of my instinctual uneasiness about the vaccinations themselves and the manner in which they are given (which speaks of a general uneasiness about public health in general in our country), I am most struck by the simplicity of the debate in how it's reported in the media. I've said over and over that despite my daughter's history, I am not anti-vaccine and that the way the media portrays the issue has only pushed zealots -- both pro and anti -- to the forefront of what is an incredibly complex problem.
Anyway, I'm not tip-toeing. A friend sent me the following link which, while not a scientific article is exactly what I'm talking about and how I feel about the whole issue. You can read it here if you'd like. Just don't let your blood runneth over.