Protecting Kids from Childhood Diseases


As Kimberly S. Belle shared in her last post, April is Autism Awareness month. It’s a reminder for all of us to learn more about autism and how to support affected families. It’s also a good time for us to learn the truth about vaccines and autism. The overwhelming scientific evidence shows no link between the two, yet the myth persists.

The result? Children go unprotected. My nieces’ church school is currently dealing with an outbreak of pertussis. Commonly known as whooping cough, this highly contagious disease, which is most severe in babies, can lead to pneumonia and even death. Children may experience violent fits of coughing until the air is gone from the lungs, which can cause fainting or vomiting—or even life-threatening pauses in breathing.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has information on their website about the pertussis vaccination and vaccine safety. Comedians Penn & Teller offer a persuasive look at why parents should get their children vaccinated even if there were a link between vaccines and autism (strong language):

Autism can have a devastating effect on families. So can childhood diseases. It’s up to all of us to learn more about autism, so that we can be guided by knowledge rather than fear.

Photo courtesy of zeathiel.


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Posted on April 10, 2014, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. The myth persists because celebrities latch onto to unfounded ideas and use their platform to spread them far and wide–never looking over their shoulder to see the damage they’ve done. Vaccinations are essential. Thank you for discussing this subject.

  2. So true, Christy. It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would take the word of a former Playboy model over the CDC on a matter of public health. I believe in skepticism and questioning authority. But you have to look at a preponderance of the evidence, and in this case, the evidence is clear.

  3. We all want our families to be healthy. Thanks for the wonderful links, Andrea!

  4. Good point, Sheila. I’m sure parents who don’t vaccinate their kids are doing what they think is best. It’s scary when you receive conflicting information about how best to keep your children healthy. Unfortunately, the media tends to report on controversial things, so any information that contradicts standard medical practices gets way more attention than all the studies showing the effectiveness of those practices.

  5. So I’d already commented about this post on your FB link, but I had to swing by and tell you the trick worked! I didn’t “like” anything first, so lookee, I’m able to comment on your post. Phew! 🙂

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