Tuesday, February 16, 2010
New Vaccine News Resource
Vaccines have been on my mind a lot lately. We seem to be emerging from the flu season with the media-hyped swine flu "epidemic." There has been a lot of talk and misinformation. People are scared to vaccinate, but they're scared not to.
Right now a friend of mine is in school and working on her degree. Her English class is currently working on a Persuasive Argument paper, and she needed a controversial topic to take one side on and defend. Well, vaccines is definitely a hot button topic that is generating a lot of interest among her classmates.
Yes, it's quite the issue. My own personal view on vaccines has shifted in the past couple of years. I was a staunch supporter of the vaccine schedule and had both of my children vaccinated on time. After both of them were diagnosed on the autism spectrum and I began to do a lot of research and reading, I discovered that there was more information out there about vaccines than I previously realized. Although I felt like I already had a firm grasp on the topic, I surprisingly found that I was fairly ignorant about the issue.
Since I started volunteering in the special needs community, I've had the privilege to work with many families. Among them, there is a significant percentage who believe without a shadow of a doubt that their children have been injured by vaccines. The stories I've heard are heartbreaking, and I do not dispute them.
Over time, I have found myself unable to continue supporting the current vaccine schedule. And, it's not just about the mercury preservative, thimerosal! I'll save you the boredom of a lengthy dissertation on the reasons why...at least for now. My poor friend has already been barraged with details while she prepares to complete her paper! At some point when I have more time and energy, I hope to do a more substantial follow up to this topic, and then you'll see my own version of a persuasive argument paper!
Until then, a new online resource for you to check out is a vaccine news site by Dr. Mercola. It's available at: http://vaccines.mercola.com. In my opinion, I think the information he presents on his main site, http://www.mercola.com, is quite valuable and I am very happy that he has launched this site specific to vaccines. He has brought a lot of information together on this one topic, and I think you will find it to be a great resource.
If you have any vaccine site links or other resources you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment. Maybe it will end up on a future blog about this topic!