2014-06-25 / Opinion

Vaccination: A No-Brainer

In modern vocabulary, a “no-brainer” is a term for a decision that requires little thought or consideration. It describes a choice so easy that it doesn’t take much brainpower to decide.

Having children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella is a no-brainer.

In days past, measles, mumps and rubella, also known as the German measles, were common childhood diseases. It was expected that children would get them.

In fact, measles and mumps were so prevalent that those born during or prior to 1957 were considered automatically immune.

Today, the medical community has the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, or MMR, vaccine. We have beaten back such illnesses, avoiding the discomfort, potentially disabling complications, and death.

Then came the controversy of autism, supposedly caused by the vaccine. Research debunked the theory. Medical professionals emphasize the MMR vaccine has a low risk of side effects, and is effective and wards off disease.

If there were a safe, effective way of preventing children from becoming ill with the risk of dangerous complications, why wouldn’t parents protect their children?

Vaccination truly is a no-brainer.

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