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Awesome idea - lets stick needles into children to help with a problem that has virtually no real world consequences....oops, maybe a bad idea...

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3 points · 8 years ago

Asinine header, Go back to your shack in the hills.

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"Virtually no real world consequences". That is amazingly ignorant. Just... wtf level ignorance. Perhaps you should contract a case of it and then come back and say that.

Although it causes few deaths in the first world (due to the availability of IV re-hydration in hospitals), it still used to cause 60,000 hospitalizations each year (before the vaccination program got started).

Perhaps you think a hospitalized child is not a serious consequence? Do you live in a country with free health care? I don't. Hospitalizing a child for a week can bankrupt a working-class family here in America. Taking a week off of work to care for a child who Cant Stop Vomiting is easy for you, perhaps?

level 1

This is precisely why I tell people it's important to assess the risks inherent in vaccinating. You're poking a hole and injecting something. Read the fucking package insert, there are real risks (no, not talking about autism, I'm not a quack).

level 2
1 point · 8 years ago

There are real risks both to taking a vaccine and to not taking one. In this case, of course, reading the package insert wouldn't have told you that this particular vaccine was contaminated--nor would it have told you whether or not any risk from the (then unknown) contamination would have outweighed the benefit of taking the vaccine.

level 3

agreed, you have to assume some risk any time you allow anything to be injected. hell, even saline could be contaminated.

level 4
1 point · 8 years ago

So could baby food. Or any food.

level 5

There's risk in getting out of bed in the morning, and risk in staying in bed all day. Either way, you're gonna die one day.

That said, it's wise to avoid things with greater risk than others. For example, a little diarrhea never hurt a healthy toddler, so why expose yourself/child to a vaccine if the issue it's intended to prevent is trivial?

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