It's October 10th, and the kids have been back to school for a month, just long enough to bring home the first round of illnesses. Sniffles started appearing at our house about two weeks ago and we ramped-up our hand washing efforts in an attempt to cut it short. Thankfully, the most significant impact of our head colds was a few sleepless nights. But the start of the flu season, along with the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola and the spread of the enterovirus D-68 have made the stakes much higher. Beyond hand washing, what can parents do to protect their vulnerable children?
A recently aired NOVA program, Vaccines - Calling the Shots, presents thoughtful perspectives on vaccination, one of the first lines of disease defense. Specifically, the documentary explores a hot-button issue swirling through parental circles - the decision NOT to vaccinate. Scientists explore the possible connection between the anti-vaccination trend and the resurgence of previously eradicated diseases. This program is well-researched and provides an organized view of the issues surrounding immunization. It is certainly worth a look.
NOVA: Vaccines - Calling the Shots