BY SHARON MARTIN
In Nigeria, a religious leader told his followers that vaccines were a trick by Americans to sterilize their children. The people followed … and so did a polio epidemic. Think of the children. Think of the lives altered and destroyed by this man’s lies.
Another sad result of the war in Syria is a polio epidemic. It isn’t because of biological weapons but the breakdown in the healthcare system; children aren’t being vaccinated.
I had polio as a child. I wasn’t vaccinated. Almost 60 years after my extended stay in a polio ward at Valley View Hospital, there is no reason a child in this country should ever contract this horrid disease.
But it can happen. There are people in this country listening to the half-baked and the liars and refusing to get their children vaccinated.
Whether their decisions are based on religion or faulty information, the results are the same. Just this past month a child in this area died of the mumps. The mumps!
What’s next? Children blinded by measles? Tuberculosis as a life threat? A death sentence from influenza? A lifetime in braces or a wheelchair?
We have to use caution with modern medicines. We have jumped feet-first into some possible cures only to find there’s nothing to them. Some are even dangerous. Remember Fen-Phen? Remember when antibiotics and antibacterial soaps were never questioned?
The first polio vaccines, made from live cultures, sickened some children. That’s a tragedy, but not on the scale of the polio epidemic itself. Doing nothing would have been a greater tragedy.
Are all vaccines safe? I’m not sure, but the results of not vaccinating are certain.
If you love your own little ones, let them know it. Spend time with them. Talk to them. Feed them right. Give them an atmosphere of creativity and freedom in which to grow. Let them play in the dirt and the sunshine. Get them vaccinated.
Vaccination is a manifestation of love.
Modern medicine doesn’t have all the answers. But it has this one: vaccines save lives.
Letting a child die from the mumps is the opposite of love. It’s a sin.
– Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer