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Shot Delays: Alternative Vaccine Schedules Mean Fewer San Diego Students Are Fully Immunized

No, the Wakefield study has not been "largely discredited." It has been COMPLETELY DISCREDITED and withdrawn by the journal that originally published it. Dozens of published studies by reputable scientists and physicians have refuted any causal relationship between vaccines and autism. And NO, weighing what is best for your "individual child, individual family" is not acceptable. 10 infants DIED in California of whooping cough in 2009 because of vaccine refusers and delayers. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control have exhaustively studied the scientific literature to develop the schedule which offers the most benefits with the least risk for most children. "Vaccines are recommended for members of the youngest age group at risk for experiencing the disease for whom efficacy and safety have been demonstrated. ( The scientists and physicians at the CDC and AAP have devoted their careers to understanding all of the risks and benefits of vaccines to individual children and the community. Why would you substitute your "gut feeling" for their expertise?

September 18, 2013 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

When Does End Of Life Begin: Hospice Under Scrutiny

This makes me so mad! San Diego Hospice is being investigated for fraud because 1 out of 9 of their patients exceeds the 6 months of care allowed by Medicare! Now they are turning people away because they don't want to risk taking on people too early. If those people had hospice support, they could avoid many trips to the emergency room! Most families call in hospice too late, not too soon. Because of our miserable, broken system, more patients and families will suffer more at the ends of their lives.

February 5, 2013 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

More Parents Not Vaccinating Kids

These idiots are a menace to their own children and to us all. Nearly a century of experience and scientific evidence have proved that vaccines are safe and effective. Very rarely, a person receiving a vaccine suffers a negative effect of the vaccine. Occasionally, these negative effects are very serious. However, the risks of the diseases vaccines protect us from far outweigh the risks of the vaccines. Most of us alive today have never seen an active case of measles, polio, tetanus, or whooping cough. The risks of death and/or disablility from these diseases were and are real. My grandmother lived in dread that one of her children would get polio. The year before the Salk vaccine became available, one of my mother's classmates got polio. That boy survived and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair until he died of complications of his disability at 50. My mother got the vaccine in school the next year and her mother breathed a sigh of relief. Because all of the rest of us are vaccinated, the idiots don't have to fear polio. Ironically, because of their stubborn ignorance, as their numbers grow, their children are more and more at risk of serious illnesses.

August 24, 2010 at 12:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )