So, Why All the Fuss?
If vaccines are safe and necessary, then why all the fuss to the contrary? Opposition to vaccination has existed as long as vaccination itself. In the 1800s, a small but vocal minority opposed the smallpox vaccine. Today, there is similar opposition to the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) immunization; the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine; and the use of a mercury-containing preservative called thimerosal.
It’s confusing to sort through the sea of vaccination information that exists online and within our communities. You can and should raise questions with your child’s medical provider, who is experienced in children’s health and likely has spent years understanding and administering vaccines. Boost Oregon, an organization led by parents like you, can assist you through its community workshops and other resources.