Vaccinations are worth the risk and I do believe that the majority of dissenting people who are "well read" on the topic cannot be convinced otherwise. Fine. However, I would not raise my children in Ashland or in any area with a large unvaccinated population. It is foolish. Children simply cannot be safeguarded completely from exposure to other humans. Not vaccinating your children now may not be a problem but it invites problems down the road that we will not be around to witness. Most of my Native America ancestors are not here now because of simple contagion. Indeed the government on numerous occasions condoned the murder of our people simply by gifting us blankets that had been used on people with contagious disease. In this age of global travel it seems more important, not less, to be fully vaccinated. One can survive today after contracting whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, or even polio but there are potential consequences down the road that your children may not thank you for later. Ben Franklin himself immunized all of his children against smallpox as they were born. My bet is that his only regret was immunizing the one child that later became Colonial Governor and voted against rejecting loyalty to Britain! And by the way, Hepatitis B is NOT just a sexually transmitted infection, it can also be transmitted IV which means that people who are injured together and whose blood or body fluids co-mingle during an accidental injury can also be exposed. IV infection does not necessarily mean via needle. I didn't hear anybody clarify that during the program. People who claim a religious exemption should be required to prove it because I believe there are many in that growing unvaccinated percentage who are not being truthful.
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