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From: ellie ( -
Subject: Re: Vaccination/Immunization
Date: March 9, 2007 at 8:57 am PST

In Reply to: Vaccination/Immunization posted by TriciaC on February 26, 2007 at 6:04 pm:

I am not an expert in this area by any means. I can't tell you all the scientific pros and cons. All I have to offer is my own experience. I am a little older than a lot of people here and when I was a baby the polio vaccine had just been invented, measles vaccine wasn't really around. I contracted measles as a toddler, was extremely sick, and have partial hearing loss and some learning disabilities and neuromotor problems that are most likely results of that bout of measles. The hearing loss is cortical (in the brain, not the ear) so hearing aids won't help. At that, I was lucky. It could have been worse. The older sister of friends of mine spent much of her (shortened) life in an iron lung. Polio is uncommon now thanks to vaccination, but it still exists.
People forget that disease is natural - it's nature's way of regulating the population and seeing that the strong survive. In a natural world, most children would die young and those with the toughest immune systems would live to have children of their own. That's how it was in our grandparents' time. Mothers had many babies and only some lived to adulthood. But when it's your child about to be weeded out by a virus, suddenly natural is not so appealing any more. I agree with the others that riding the coattails of other people's willingness to vaccinate is not okay, unless there is a strong reason like having a child who is immunosuppressed and cannot withstand vaccination. Vaccines are not vegan, but if you're willing to use any type of medical treatment whatsoever for any reason, that's not vegan either. But, we are not good vegans if we're dead or have severe health impairments that keep us from participating fully in life; veganism is process, not perfection, and I just try to follow the compassionate way as closely as I can but still maintain my health and wellbeing.

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