how nice to hear from a physician who believes in the vaccination schedule but still respects the fact that some parents are not comfortable with a one-sized-fits-all program. Mandatory vaccination represents a limitation on human rights. Any limitation of fundamental rights, such as the rights to liberty and security of person, is serious, regardless of the supposed public good involved. At the end of the day, vaccines are still “unavoidably unsafe” (see the 1986 National childhood vaccine injury act) and it is an undisputed, scientific fact that vaccines in their current state of development injure and cause death to certain people. The decision of when and whether we vaccinate ourselves and our children is a fundamental human right and I applaud this brave physician for speaking the truth and standing up for the parents in this country who have decided to go against the flow because it is what works best for their children.
Anyone involved in the healthcare of children knows there is a growing number of parents who are selectively immunizing or not immunizing their children at all. The medical establishment is becoming quite alarmed about this trend and becoming rather unpleasant towards parents who are questioning the benefits of immunizations.
It has become an increasingly frequent experience for parents, who have concerns about the safety of vaccines, to have very negative encounters when interacting with the medical system. These interactions range from being treated as ignorant weirdos who need to be properly educated, to the outright refusal of care. We are, sadly, now at the point where a majority of pediatric practices refuse to care for children who are not immunized according to the official recommendations. Here is a typical vaccine policy from a pediatric practice (http://milestonepediatrics.com/vaccine_policy.html)
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