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DENVER – To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? It is the question for Colorado parents this flu season. For some parents, there is no brainer.
“I think what people do not realize is that if you do not get the baby vaccinated, it can actually make other children sick,” says Katie Vitela.
Others are not so sure.
“Because there is a risk, there should be a choice,” says Phil Silberman.
A new report CS Mott Hospital in Michigan shows that more than 34 percent of parents in the United States have no plans to get their children a flu shot this season.
The report found 48 percent of the parents followed recommendations from their child’s doctor. But 21
percent said they never remembered getting guidance from a healthcare professional.
Nationally, almost 180 children died last year from the flu. The Center for Disease Control reports that 80 percent were not vaccinated.
Katie and Tawni Vitela were skeptical of flu shot but only had their 8 month old daughter vaccinated for the bug. They say their doctor convinced them.
“A number of children got it, and if they did, it was actually very lethal to them. That’s why we decided to vaccinate her,” she told Denver 7’s Tom Mustin.
Phil Silberman does not agree with it. He is a member of the Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice.
“I’ve been researching this for 14 years,” he said.
Silberman said the parents should decide whether or not the children should be vaccinated. He believes that the children’s immune system can fight most infections on their own. He said his 13-year-old daughter is living proof.
“My child has never had a shot. She tests the top 1 percent in the state for reading and maths,” said Silberman.
Silberman said research shows that vaccines, flu and otherwise can lead to everything from brain damage to autoimmune
“I have seen children sick of the disease,” he said.
“The Swedish nurse Teresa Nardon could not be displeased.”
“Research has shown that the numbers are incredibly skewed.” hospital. Unfortunately, I have seen children pass by the flu, “she said.
Nardon said that flu shots are worth their weight in gold, especially for children.
” Two weeks after you received the flu, you are creating antibodies to the influenza virus, and that will either prevent you from getting the flu or reducing the symptoms so you do not need to be a hospital, “says Nardon.
She said that the new study shows one third of the parents moving on with vaccination is disturbing.
“It’s a little scary for me just because the children are so at risk of having flu and having many complications,” she said.
Nardon said that everything in life is at risk, but she believes the flu shot is not only safe but a lifesaver.
“I really hope you’re passionate about getting your children and yourself a vaccine,” she said. “Even if we love to take care of children in Swedish, we’d rather see your children in society healthy and happy.”