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Part 2- Why We Declined the MMR Vaccine (Mumps)

MMR is a combined vaccine that is used to protect against measles, mumps and rubella recommended in the United States for children at least 12 months old and again between ages 4 and 6 years, although the second dose can be given anytime 28 days following the first dose. The vaccine can’t be separated in…

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I Choose Not To Vaccinate My Child

“I used to believe in the freedom of choice but when it comes to vaccines, I’ve changed my mind.” I heard this statement this week on a talk radio station and it chilled me to the core. There is something gravely wrong with our country when the people who have a voice speak against our…

measles deaths as a percentage of population from 1900-1960 graph with arrow

Why We Declined the MMR Vaccine (Part 1- Measles)

This post was originally published in March 2014. It has been updated as of February 2015 to reflect new information such as the final number of measles cases for 2014. Updates are in bold italics. With the recent measles outbreaks being covered extensively in the media, public opinion is once again pointing fingers at the…