posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 11:36 PM
Originally posted by Rubinstein
Vaccines are a slippery slope, first it's just those who actually want them, then the next thing you've got these people saying "I don't want your
kid going to school with my kid unless your child is vaccinated too". Which is of course ludicrous, as if vaccines are so special the vaccinated
kids will have the immune systems of super heroes...but they don't, vaccinated children are an unhealthy bunch
There have been several posts, including the above that seem to think those who are concerned about unvaccinated children being sent to school have no
basis for their concerns. I would like to present a situation to demonstrate this concern is not “ludicrous” as the OP has stated in this
Let’s consider rubella and pregnancy. The good news is that this is very rare due to vaccination. However this could change with many people opting
their children out of the vaccine. Let’s say unvaccinated child contracts rubella and puts a pregnant teacher’s unborn child at risk with very
serious consequences. This can occur before the expectant mother knows her immunity status. Perhaps the teacher, a staff member or any parent of a
student is pregnant. An expectant mother may come to programs, help out at school, carpool or invite the child into their home. There are many
situations that could give rise to an unvaccinated child causing devastating consequences, in this case, to the unborn baby.
There is a chance any unvaccinated child, including your own could contract rubella and could expose YOUR unborn baby to rubella if you are not
Congenital rubella syndrome is caused by a virus known as a rubivirus. When adults and children contract the disease, it is known as rubella, or
If a pregnant woman contracts rubella during her first trimester, there is a very good chance that she will pass it on to her fetus. There is also a
chance that the infection will result in a miscarriage.
Pregnant women who have been exposed to rubella need to seek medical attention immediately.
The good news is that rubella is very uncommon now that children are vaccinated for the disease.
Only 30 to 60 cases of rubella are documented each year in the United States. Fewer than five infants each year are diagnosed with congenital rubella
The rubivirus does the most damage to a developing fetus during the first trimester. After the fourth month, the mother's rubella infection is less
likely to harm the fetus.
Babies who are born with congenital rubella syndrome may have severe birth defects.
This is not fearmongering. These are facts, not speculation or conspiracy theory, and there is a known vaccine that can prevent this from happening.
When people are ready to exchange a known for speculation (vaccines causing autism, cancer, diabetes, evil government plot, etc.) in my opinion it
defies logic and reason.
Now if many children are not being vaccinated then it won’t be long that the risk increases greatly that rubella will not just be just a rare
occurance but will likely become endemic in the United States resulting in more babies put at unnecessary risk.