Saturday, May 7, 2011

Chickenpox Vaccine?

I just found out there was one. I'm not a vaccine extremist. That Diphtheria, Polio, and other childhood scourges have been virtually eliminated is a triumph of our civilization, and men like Jonas Salk are worthy of veneration as secular saints. (Two of my professors of Spanish, one in Chile and one from Porto Rico, were victims of the disease from which Dr. Salk spared so many.)

That said, is it wise to have our children vaccinated against non-fatal, non-devastating diseases like Chickenpox or Influenza, or preventable diseases like HPV infection?

Labels: , , ,

Bookmark and Share


Blogger pandora said...

My son is immunised against serious diseases - but not chicken pox nor influenza. Just think where the protection outweighs the risk, OK, where the risk is relatively benign, No.

Several very young children in Australia have had severe reactions to the influenza vaccine and the vaccine has lost considerable credibility. HPV is recommended to girls adolescence and the take-up rate is very high. Don't have a daughter, so not a direct concern for me. However, still a relatively "new" vaccine and there will be ample time for those with young daughters to monitor any issues. The disease may be preventable, but many people take risks (particularly sexual ones) so perhaps in terms of a "one off" mistake, protection is to be desired.

10:59 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

We agree about scourges and about chickenpox and influenza.

Having a daughter, I'll have to think about the HPV vaccine. I've heard it can be caught from toilet seats and whatnot. Like you said, I have some time to watch.

Fortunately, I live in a country where teenage sex is still quite uncommon, so maybe, if we stay here, the decision can be left up to her until she reaches age of majority. Of course, we hope and pray she follows Catholic teaching on marriage. We hope and pray for the same for our son, but let's face it, Nature makes it less of an issue.

2:52 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Omnes Sancti et Sanctæ Coreæ, orate pro nobis.