Please read my post carefully. I'm a parent and entitled to my opinion, right, wrong, or indifferent as it may be. Before vaccines there were legitimate epidemics (polio, measles, etc). For these cases I agree vaccines should be mandatory. Since you believe yourself more enlightened than me in medical matters, please tell me which of the following infection vectors for Hepatitis apply to my newborn, for which a vaccine was offered in the delivery room: a) infection through consumption of raw or undercooked contaminated fish b) infection through sex with an infected individual c) infection through shared use of a contaminated needle d) infection from infected mother
Before you answer, my wife tested negative for the disease. Had this vaccine been compulsory, my daughter would have gotten it at birth for no legitimate reason. We do plan on vaccinating them when they are a bit older, but again it should be our choice on when or if we do it for this case. You don't have to be a doctor to gather facts and make logical conclusions/decisions. Parents are responsible for much more than just medical decisions for their kids. We oversee their education, physical, mental, and emotional growth, among other things. You can defer to experts for advice, but should never forego thinking on your own in any case. If you want the government to do your thinking for you, go live in a communist country and let us know how it works out. As for me, I'd like to continue enjoying the freedom of making my own decisions, thanks very much.