Immunization clinics are 'can’t-miss' events

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Please, for the love of children, get your kids immunized this week.

It is incredible that anti-vaccine fanatics based on celebrity hysteria and flawed science can have otherwise reasonable men and women refusing to vaccinate their kids, thus putting their kids and others at substantial risk of communicable diseases so easily prevented.

In the last year or two there have been outbreaks of disease like measles, whooping cough and mumps -- so easily prevented are just as easily spread if parents aren’t responsible about making sure they get their kids vaccinated.

The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region is once again bending over backwards to make the process as accessible as possible to families - starting today at St. Michael’s Community School and continuing tomorrow at Crescent Heights arena and Wednesday at the East End rink parking lot. The times are 2:30 to 6:30 pm every day.

One of the absolutely incredible factors with the anti-vaccination crowd is their absolute refusal to accept that the science much of their crowd has based their hysteria on has been completely debunked.

It was in 1998 that a research paper was published in a respected medical journal that the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was causing autism. That research paper has since been completely discredited and in some circles called completely fraudulent, yet many parents refused to let go of their anti-vaccination stranglehold.

American model Jenny McCarthy became the celebrity leader of the crowd after her 11-year-old son was diagnosed with autism in 2005 and she started speaking out against vaccines soon after.

But, to her credit, even McCarthy has completely backtracked, stating she has never been anti-vaccination. That is hard to juxtapose with her regular outspoken comments on the issue over the last seven years. But, she has stopped inflaming and energizing the anti-vaccine crowd.

The refusal to vaccinate has been particularly troubling for medical professionals. A recent study in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that there is almost no effective way to convince anti-vaccination parents that they need to be vaccinating their kids.

In a March issue of Time magazine, Editor at Large Jeffrey Kluger of the magazine and closed a health commentary by warning parents that if they choose not to vaccinate, their children could be exposed to disease that could cause paralysis of even death. And if that happens, there is only one person to pint the finger at -- themselves.

Please, for the sake of your own children, and other children throughout this community, get your kids vaccinated. There is really zero rational reason not to.


Prince Albert Daily Herald


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