Saturday, February 2, 2008

A Soapbox

I need to preface by saying that truly, I'm not an overtly political person. But, in learning all that we are about vaccination, I just wanted to use this time to say: please vaccinate your children! Smallpox wasn't eradicated because everyone let "everyone else" get vaccinated. All it takes is one five year old who was never vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) to go to school with other kids who are late for their booster, and we have an outbreak. No biggie for older kids and adults, but what about their baby siblings, who could indeed die from pertussis. And compared to German measles, whooping cough is a day at the beach. I don't like to preach, but in the words of the immortal Dr. Cohen: "how do we get otherwise educated and intelligent people to believe that they need to vaccinate their children?" I don't know. But if I can change anyone's mind, it's one for the good guys.

Look at me go, I'm studying and blogging at the same time!