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Anti-child movement: a mother prefers jail rather than immunizing her child

The Michigan woman lost a lawsuit against her ex-husband in 2016 and has until Wednesday to serve the sentence

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Anti-child movement: a mother prefers jail rather than immunizing her child

The anti-vaccination movement is a current that unfortunately many pediatricians and international organizations are order of day in European countries such as Italy or France, where disease epidemics such as measles have again put authorities in check, or as in United States where re are parents who even prefer to go to jail to vaccinate ir children, proclaiming that doing so would go against ir beliefs.

In United States, American Medical Association has repeatedly discredited parents who refuse to vaccinate ir children for reasons beyond medical care and, like or agencies such as World Health Organization, emphasize ir ability to eradicate , protect and prevent children from suffering from diseases such as measles, chickenpox or mumps. In this country, still in 20 of 50 States plus Washington DC propose not to vaccinate for religious and personal reasons. Only three, California, Mississippi and West Virginia, do not allow non-medical exemptions.

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Indeed, parents who delay or reject vaccination for ir children do so for several reasons: religious, personal or philosophical beliefs; safety reasons for ir children and lack of information y claim to exist on part of toilets, according to a latest research done in 2016 and published in Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

A recent case in US has put antivacunas, once again, at center of debate when a woman from Detroit, Michigan, where re is no obligation to vaccinate her children, has said in several US media " who prefers to go to jail than to put nine shots on his nine-year-old son. " The obligation to vaccinate follows a judicial decision. "Vaccinating my son would go against my religion. This is right to decide. Of choice. To be able to choose medical options with respect to my children, "said woman in The Washington Post. The mor was sued by her ex-husband last November and since n has not proceeded to vaccinate her child. The deadline is Wednesday. "I have not had opportunity to plead my reasons, so it is more than likely that I will go to prison," added woman.

Although Michigan is allowed to plead religious motives for refusing vaccination, many colleges are required to teach a course in health education to parents in both public and private schools. The woman assured that she had attended se courses. And, according to her, both parents agreed not to vaccinate child who is now nine years old. The marriage between m was annulled a few months after birth of his son. The mor reiterated that "it is not against vaccines, but it must be a decision of parents."

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In United States, health authorities have a problem with families who refuse to vaccinate ir children. Measles was declared eradicated in year 2000 and, neverless, in 2014 arose 23 outbreaks with 668 infected. By late 1970s, whooping cough had been limited to one thousand cases per year; but only in California in 2014 did y experience an epidemic with nearly 10,000 patients and more than 18,000 nationwide by 2015. Or in Minnesota, for example, where worst measles outbreak is currently underway in decades, and in which vaccine activists have intensified ir work to challenge efforts of public health officials and physicians to prevent spread of highly infectious disease.

This anti-vaccination movement began strong in US in 1988 when a prestigious scientific journal published a study linking autism to vaccines, research that has been discredited on multiple occasions by scientific community. Now, almost 30 years later, President Donald Trump himself protects and supports se families, a movement he even gave credit to, before coming to White House on multiple occasions.

And in Europe, anti-vaccines are also very present. In France, for example, although from 2018 it will be mandatory to vaccinate children against 11 diseases, an association is mobilizing to resuscitate country for vaccines and autism. Families want to ask for "compensation for damages caused by pediatric vaccination", which y consider responsible for an increase in cases of autism among children.

For this reason, vaccination laws are being strengned throughout Europe, where drop in immunization has caused an increase in diseases such as measles, chickenpox and mumps, according to European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Italy, for example, has passed a law that establishes compulsory vaccination for children from 0 to 6 years and penalties for parents who do not meet schedule. And in Germany, where immunization of children is voluntary, but since 2015 country has experienced an outbreak of measles, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has amended legislation and forced parents who wanted to enroll ir children in a to provide evidence to ensure that y had been informed of vaccination plans.

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