AP NEWS

Letter: Clear air on vaccinations

November 7, 2017 GMT

Clear air on vaccinationsAs a practicing registered nurse, it is concerning when parents choose not to vaccinate their children. However, as an American, it was more disturbing to read that a mother was jailed for doing so in your October 31, 2017 article “Mom jailed for not vaccinating son doesn’t want future shots”.Choosing to vaccinate is a controversial issue despite the countless lives that have been saved and number of preventable diseases that have decreased with their use.Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a paper linking the MMR vaccination to autism which drew widespread public attention despite being discredited universally by the medical and scientific communities (Callender, 2016).The public however, does not obtain information from these journals and has been bombarded with seeds of doubt from public figures supporting his theory. As a result, vaccination hesitancy is increasing as parents are trying to do what they understand to be best for their children.If parents are mandated to vaccinate their children, they need to be provided with public information that is strongly supported by research to combat the unproven information they are surrounded with.Continued grants to promote high-caliber research surrounding the adverse effects of vaccinations is neededAmber Pifer, BSN, RNMiddletown