Parents that don't immunize thier kids..on the rise?

  1. As nurses, I'm just wondering if you are seeing an increasing number of parents that don't immunize? Or do I just think I'm seeing more because of the parenting boards I visit.
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  3. by   Q.
    I have seen a little of bit of that here in the ambulatory care settings.
    I think it has alot of do with the "natural, organic" mentality that has swept the nation.

    But since 9/11, the awareness of vaccines has risen again.
  4. by   RNConnieF
    I started seeing more of it a few years ago after 60 Minutes ran a story about the DTaP causing autism. The study was based in England and I believe was discreited shortly after 60 Min. ran the story. Just after this Rotoshield was pulled from the market due to risk of inticsuption (sp?). Gave immunization a bad name for a long time. We've also had been seeing a lot of break through infections with the Varicella Vac., THEN we had about 5 cases of break through infection with diptheria in children vaccinated. But most parents didn't know about the varivax and diptheria break through.
  5. by   BeachNurse
    Hi, I thought that the big debate was with MMR causing autism..can't remember..

    This is definately on the rise. I have read the posts on the other parenting boards, and even a survey which I believe was up to 46% of those polled stating they would NOT get their children immunized. One of the things I've seen is that they think it is a government conspiracy (I kid you NOT!) and that the government is trying to keep the population down by giving people harmful vaccines. Oh please. I work in research, and as we speak there are studies going into new vaccines. For example there is currently a flu vaccine being developed that is given via the nasal passages, not by injection. There is a very promising vaccine being worked on that could help combat ear infections and meningitis, that is even better than Prevnar (recently approved by the FDA). Did these people think that the government might want to cut down on medical expenses by reducing the incidence of the diseases we vaccinate against? A child came to our clinic 2 weeks ago with MEASLES of all things, so they can't argue that people don't GET the diseases anymore. Furthermore, my HUSBAND, age 32, contracted chicken pox in January and missed 2 weeks of work. Good reason to get the vaccine. Obviously, I am PRO-vaccine, but this anti-vacc attitude is coming from parents slurping up propoganda posted on the internet. Who enjoys seeing their infant get 4 shots at a time?
  6. by   RNConnieF
    I have heard the government thing too but from patientd who had a genunine fear, African Americans. Every parent who has refuesed an immunization has sighted the Tusgeege Experiment. I never even thought about racial experimentation until they brought it to my attention. Just goes to show, it all depends on your history and perspective.
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by RNConnieF
    I have heard the government thing too but from patientd who had a genunine fear, African Americans. Every parent who has refuesed an immunization has sighted the Tusgeege Experiment. I never even thought about racial experimentation until they brought it to my attention. Just goes to show, it all depends on your history and perspective.
    Unfortunate, but true. President Clinton made a tremendous gesture by acknowledging the government's wrongful doing of the Tuskeegee Experiment. Yes, there are those who are still afraid of the government doing this even today.
  8. by   kathc
    I hear that quite often from the parenting boards - it's a gov't conspiracy. I'm not sure what the gov't has to benefit from it. I suppose it is hard for some parents to understand the risks when they have never experienced the diseases. My Grandma's family had smallpox, I work with people who have had polio, my son had HIB and I can still remember mumps and measels.
    Not sure what the answer is to get rid of this fear.
  9. by   MollyJ
    Unfortunately, we have a whole generation of people who have never seen polio or tetanus or diptheria or whooping cough and they think the worst thing that can happen is that their child (or an isolated child) might have a local or mild systemic or significant systemic reaction.

    In my parent's day (they are now in their 80's) they were very clear on the idea that a community could bury a *number* of children due to these illnesses during a winter or summer. They much more clearly understand the "big picture" of what we're talking about.

    My kid is well vaccinated but I watched him like a hawk after each one. It's not a risk free procedure.
  10. by   shay
    I had never even heard about it until I went to the parenting bb's. Never heard about vax causing autism, either. We had a big to do about the hep b vax a couple of years ago b/c they supposedly found lead in it, and we didn't give any babies the hep b vax unless their momma was positive for hep b herself. It took like a year for a new lot of vax to reach the hospitals that was lead-free.
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by MollyJ
    My kid is well vaccinated but I watched him like a hawk after each one. It's not a risk free procedure.
    Same here. Except Emma is not a big wuss like her mother was. I used to cry my head off.
  12. by   adrienurse
    It really used to irk me when I went to my chiropractor's office and there was all this anti-vaccination "literature" lying around. Okay there is a risk of anaphylaxis, yes, but the numbers of kids that are effected are so small! I bet those people would feel differently if their unvaccinated kids were not being protected by the vaccinated kids aroud them. If polio was running rampid I think people would take a different stance.
  13. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    It really used to irk me when I went to my chiropractor's office and there was all this anti-vaccination "literature" lying around. Okay there is a risk of anaphylaxis, yes, but the numbers of kids that are effected are so small! I bet those people would feel differently if their unvaccinated kids were not being protected by the vaccinated kids aroud them. If polio was running rampid I think people would take a different stance.

    ACK!!!!! don't get me started on chiropractors....they need to stick to just adjustments for musculoskeletal stuff...kills me when they have literature telling how they can cure cancer, diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, etc...
  14. by   MollyJ
    I case managed a very severely affected child whose mom would take his little spastic body and soul to the chiropractor ostensibly to help with his very severe CP. The chiro would do "adjustments" on his head.

    The mother, who I loved dearly, would say, "He (the chiro) just puts his hands on J's head and presses. And if you didn't know better, it would just look like he was massaging his scalp [uh hmmm], but I think it's helping."

    Everyone deserves hope.

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