Local health officials consider why Buncombe County leads the state in the percentage of unvaccinated children and also discuss how immunization builds a shield of protection on a community level.
When I first read the letter “Channeling Your Inner Revolutionary” [Feb. 9 Xpress], I wondered if Norman Plombe has external rules in his home, his house, or with his children. I suspect there must be some. Most rules are made to help life run more smoothly. Structures in their best design are aimed at increasing […]
Rugged individualists like Normon Plombe have long been gnashing their teeth about the nanny government that makes them wear bicycle helmets and seat belts and vaccinate their kids [“Channel Your Inner American Revolutionary,” Feb. 9 Xpress]. That's the same government that tries to keep the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal dust out of the air you […]
Anne Fitten Glenn argues the wrong point in her vaccination article [“Edgy Mama: Why Choosing not to Vaccinate Your Child is a Bad Idea,” Jan. 26 Xpress]. I was recently coerced into having my autistic 7-year-old daughter vaccinated for chickenpox because one of her classmates showed up at school with this dreadful disease. State law […]
I’ve written about both sides of the childhood vaccination debate as objectively as possible over the years. I’ve chosen to vaccinate my kids, but until recently, I could, at least emotionally, understand why some of my friends and acquaintances choose otherwise. However, after researching the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccinations, talking extensively to doctors about the issue and learning about the recent outbreaks of deadly, but vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, I’ve realized I’m no longer objective.
The Buncombe County Health Department will offer the H1N1 flu mist vaccine to certain populations between the ages of 2 and 49 at seven schools around the county from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 19).