How Do You Feel When Your Child’s Classmate Isn’t Immunized?

Health professionals say the number of young people not being vaccinated is leading to a world-wide resurgence of diseases like measles.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting issues.

This week’s Moms Talk topic relates to childhood immunizations:

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that a global is due to not enough children being vaccinated – particularly those between the ages of 10 and 19. According to the WHO, as the number of unvaccinated children increases over time, something known as “herd immunity” is compromised, allowing the disease to rapidly spread among susceptible groups. When herd immunity is lost, those who are too young to be vaccinated are at greatest risk.

Reasons for skipping immunizations can be anything from religious beliefs to fear of the childhood vaccines triggering other diseases such as autism.

So, tell us what you think: Does it bother you when you know a child in your kid’s classroom, scout troop or soccer team has not been immunized?

Join the conversation. Each week our Moms Council members discuss these and other issues.

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Megan Patruno of Allentown is a mother of three – an 11-year-old boy, an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. Megan also works as an admission counselor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing. 

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

blue January 15, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I want to thank all those who are against forced/required vaccinations, for speaking up and trying to open the eyes of the majority. The majority who seemingly puts so much faith in big business, and who literally trusts big business and those in control, with their health/lives...and the lives of their own children. I used to speak up as well, but it is so draining that I've had to stop.
marie January 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The question is, "who" required them? Don't you feel at all questioning that you were left out of that process? You just go along with everything you hear about that is "required" ? I suppose digging deeper into that thought process is too much work for most of you.
Mom of DnNnD January 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Dear, dear dear marie. When someone can support their "theories" with real information, and not by hollistic and quack doctors, then I may think twice. Until then, my children are vaccinated, I am vaccinated and we are all healthy. Plus, the vaccinations we received are all time tested. I do not use any vaccinations that haven't been around long enough to be proven, such as Gardasil. BTW, it is a conspiracy theory that doctors are secretly out to get you.
Terri Simpson January 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM
It's very interesting to hear some mock parents that want "CHOICE" forced anything I believe happens in communist country's you know for the good of the people. I have to say over the last 20 yrs we have seen 100's of lawsuits on medications surgery's that have gone awry you know those trusting medical doctors and pharmaceutical company's. Millions trusted those drugs and got very sick or died. These were drugs that were tested over and over YET they made millions for big Pharm it is no conspiratorial mindset these are facts. It's about time parents were involved and stopped the sheeple mentality and researched and made there own decisions on what they want. Government has lied to the extreme to get everyone to fall in line. Stop letting your child be a experiment. I personally believe Autism has something to do with vaccinations.
Kristi Rowe January 16, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Sadly many parents just dont' want to research. Lazy parenting. It's easier to just turn their kids over to another with the excuse "Hey, I didn't go to med school, I can't possibly know more than they do." WRONG. My nephew will graduate med school soon and I talked with him at length about vaccinations over the holidays. They are taught almost nothing about them except "they're safe". Those of us who study and research are the ones who reject the vaccines due to the ingredients, lack of safety studies, and the reported and experienced injuries.


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