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6 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

My Vaccine Info

    Vaccination. The topic is enough to make my stomach churn, because of the ugliness that so often follows.  I’ve read a million debates about breastfeeding and formula, circumcision, cry-it-out, carseats, and more.  Yet nothing gets so viciously attacked as the choice to refuse or even question vaccines.   Some people say it’s because non-vaccinators are putting others at risk, but since vaccinated people also contract and spread diseases, that can’t be accurate.  What I have found is that most people who get really heated over the topic haven’t... read more

Vaccinations: Why All the Fuss?

Vaccination Booklist

This list is a compilation of books suggested by MDC members:   The Cutter Incident , Paul Offit Don't Vaccinate Before You Educate , Mayer Eisenstein Evidence of Harm , David Kirby How To Raise A Healthy Child ... Inspite Of Your Doctor , Robert S. Mendelsohn Just a Little Prick , Hilary Butler Raising a Vaccine Free Child, Wendy Lydall A Shot in the Dark , Harris Coulter & Barbara Loe Fisher Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parents' Guide , Aviva Jill Romm Vaccine , Arthur Allen The Vaccine Book , Robert W. Sears The Vaccine... read more

Selectively Vaccinating For International Travel

Resource suggestions for determining if/which vaccines we might consider under these special circumstances:   CDC Travel Page CDC Health Information for International Travel WHO International Travel & Health WHO disease incidence & vaccination data International vaccine schedules (may not be 100% accurate) Info from Mexico PAHO WHO Western Pacific WHO Europe WHO SE Asia WHO Africa WHO E. Mediterranean read more

Frontline's War on Selectively Vaccinating Parents

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. A recent episode of the PBS program Frontline was called “The War on Vaccines.” The title alone should have been the tip off that the producers’ goal was to inflame and incite – to assume this was an entirely adversarial discussion between diametrically opposed viewpoints. But I knew that my colleague Jennifer Margulis, Contributing Editor at Mothering where I am Politics Editor, was interviewed on the program so I felt obligated to watch. I knew also the show would feature... read more

Of Mainstream Media, Hate Mail, and Vaccines

Hannah called just a few minutes after the PBS Frontline “Vaccine War” ended. “I can’t get the baby to stop crying,” she said. “I’ll be right home,” I cried, saying a hasty goodbye to my friends and jumping on my bicycle. Although I think the producers of “Vaccine War” did their best to present both sides, I was a little disappointed with the show. Here’s why: 1. Although you would not know it from the episode, I am pro vaccine and my children are selectively vaccinated. I think vaccines may be responsible for saving hundreds of... read more

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