Starting the Conversation Vaccinations: A Tough Decision

vaccinesBy Marianne Reid Anderson

Parents today seem to be caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to vaccinating their children. Medical experts are telling them that their children need to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles, mumps, whopping cough and several others – diseases that are highly contagious, cause tremendous suffering, and can even be deadly. But, these are also diseases that young parents today have never seen or experienced. They have never seen a child suffer with these diseases, they have never lost a friend or sibling to these diseases and there is even very little news footage available of these diseases and the long-term effects.

What young parents have experienced are other parents, many who are insisting and blaming vaccinations, whenever their child has been diagnosed with special needs such as autism, Asperger’s, or other learning disability.

Now, because parents are confused and don’t know who to trust, these diseases, that were once thought eradicated throughout the United States are again on the rise and are again reaching epidemic levels.

What do you think of this decision-making dilemma? Let’s continue the conversation on my blog where I also have several links to additional and more in-depth research on this topic. Also on the blog, there is a comment section where you can state your opinion or give advice to young parents. To reach my blog, “Continuing the Conversation,” go to