Vaccination can be a very touchy subject. While it is a generally widely accepted practice, it is becoming increasingly controversial in light of recent legal developments, different interpretations of safety data, and media coverage.
For the sake of our children, all parents have an obligation to be fully informed of everything that goes into their children's bodies. However, a simple internet search can produce so much conflicting information on the subject it can make a parent's head spin.
This sticky is dedicated to parents who wish to discuss the issue and exchange resources for research. Please be respectful of other people's views.
I'd like to start by sharing this information from the National Vaccine Information Center:
What is informed consent and how does it apply to vaccination?
A:Informed consent has been the central ethical principle of the practice of modern medicine since the Nuremberg Code was issued by the Nuremberg Tribunal after World War II. Although the Nuremberg Code specifically addressed the human right for human beings to give their voluntary informed consent to participate in scientific experiments, theFirst Principle of the Nuremberg Codehas become an ethical standard for allowing patients to give their voluntary consent to engage in medical interventions that carry a risk of harm.
Please don't make vaccine decisions based on fear, or vaccinate only because you think you HAVE to since schools and daycares "require" it. Every state has vaccine exemptions, meaning you don't REALLY have to vaccinate for school or daycare, despite what you may have heard.
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