Friday, October 10, 2014

To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate?

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

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