Opinion

I think I will take my shot with the shots

It sure would be nice if parents could get a straight answer.

Everyone joined hands and happily agreed, ‘Yes, you should...,’ or ‘No, you shouldn’t...’

Unfortunately a situation like that is as prehistoric as dinosaurs.

Blame it on modern medicine, parenting techniques, paranoia, whatever — it’s annoying as heck.

When most parents just want to do what’s best for their child, it’s awfully frustrating to hit one roadblock after another.

This is where I introduce the vaccination debate.

And here is where I pause and somewhat hesitate. Because I know the crazy-passionate for and against folks are already formulating arguments.

I’ve been keeping tabs on the debate for awhile. It pops up on my Facebook feed more than I post cute pictures of Jack.

The topic recently fell back into my peripheral when a Facebook friend posted a link with a photo of Hollywood actress Jenny McCarthy and the caption, ‘If you believe everything Jenny McCarthy says, you probably deserve to get measles.’

McCarthy’s 11-year-old son Evan was diagnosed in 2005 with autism.

She’s written several books and created autism awareness and support organization Generation Rescue.

She’s also spoken publicly about her belief MMR shots (immunization for measles, mumps and rubella) caused her son to suffer from autism.

To be fair, McCarthy did what any concerned parent would do: research her child’s condition while looking for explanations and answers.

It just so happens the blonde bombshell — the ex-wife of comedian Jim Carrey — was able to use her celebrity status to shine a spotlight on her fishing expedition, which has both been slammed and hoisted on shoulders.

You have to give her some credit, but at the same time, you can’t entirely rely on the findings of a (no offense intended) former Playboy bunny, or those who’ve joined her circle.

The other side of the coin says vaccinations have saved millions of lives. Websites show gruesome photos of folks dying of polio and smallpox while recent headlines state measles cases have tripled in the states due to the growing anti-vaccine movement.

So here we are as parents faced yet again with a dilemma of what’s right or wrong.

Do your own research and go with what feels right.

Both sides present “evidence” to support their cases. I will leave it up to climb aboard the Google train to read it and consider its sources.

Sorry Jenny, my son’s getting his shots.

Ashley Degraaf is a News Leader Pictorial reporter who writes about family issues here monthly.

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