Parents disagree on vaccines

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By Jasmine Watts
The Mason Times

Measles, which was declared eliminated in the United States in 200, is breaking out again. The infection has been traced to the Disneyland theme park in California and its spread is being blamed on parents who do not get their children vaccinated.

Some believe that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can cause autism, explaining the high number of unvaccinated children.

Although the autism advocacy group states that there is no link between vaccination and autism, there are still parents who do not believe the MMR vaccination is worth the risk.

“Autism is common among young males. I have a 2-year-old son and I do not plan on him getting the vaccination before he starts school,” said Kierra Hughley, a mother of Mason. “I wouldn’t want any chance of him getting autism.”

The autism advocacy group urges that all children should be vaccinated, and other parents agree.

“The government and schools should require parents to vaccinate their children against measles,” said Jacqueline Cuff, another Mason mother. “Just like polio, measles can be wiped out for good if it was required.”

Measles, mumps and rubella can be very serious. Measles can lead to pneumonia and even brain damage.

“If parents don’t take care of their individual household, the rest of society will suffer,” said Nneka Rideout. “When doing research on the MMR vaccine, it is clear that the benefits outweigh the negatives.”

The measles outbreak has already spread to Michigan, and will not take long to hit the schools of Mason.


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