As I’ve mentioned in earlier writings (here, here, and here), I’m extremely frustrated by the anti-vaccination movement that surged after a falsified study by Andrew Wakefield was published in The Lancet in 1998. Outbreaks of diseases that were nearly eradicated in the United States are becoming commonplace. This year in Minnesota, the resurgence of measles has become so prevalent that our pediatrician’s office took the steps of calling families individually if children had not yet received a booster shot, asking them to come in to get it ahead of the typical 4-5 year-old schedule.
Yesterday I came across this article. US on track for most measles cases in a decade. The timing was ironic since the day before I had been in the doctor’s office with Cameron. They were running late and there really wasn’t anything to read in the waiting room, so I picked up a newer issue of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine and started leafing through it. I was glancing at an article, “40 Things to Do in 40 Weeks.” Most of it was random week-by-week little tips like, “See a movie. Create a baby registry. Research maternity leave options.”
Then I got to Week 23. “Research postdelivery procedures. Will you be banking baby’s cord blood? Vaccinating? Circumcising? What’s right for one mom might not be right for another, and these shouldn’t be spur-of-the-moment decisions. Do your research now so you can confidently make the call when the time comes.”
“Vaccinating?” With a QUESTION MARK? So wrong. Pregnancy & Newborn magazine has not heard from me yet. They will.
© Jennifer Alys Windholz, 2011