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.
Buncombe County Health Center employees began distributing free seasonal flu vaccinations to area elementary schools today in an effort paid for by federal stimulus funds. The vaccinations will continue throughout the month.
I haven’t vaccinated my kids against the flu every year. My approach has been scattershot. I decided this year would be a good one to follow through on the vaccine after my daughter told me all about the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.
The family of a 9-year-old Georgia girl announced Thursday that they’d won a settlement from a federal fund that compensates people injured by vaccines. The news has thrilled Asheville activists who have been fighting for a government admission that there are potential problems with vaccines.