Minn. Officials Hit Road To Advocate Vaccinations

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health is taking its message about the importance of immunizing infants and children on the road Monday.

Officials will join with health care providers and parents for events in St. Cloud and Minneapolis to talk about the importance of vaccinations, and tell the stories of children harmed by diseases that can be prevented by immunizations.

The programs will be at 9:30 a.m. at the CentraCare Health Plaza in St. Cloud and at 1 p.m. at the Whittier Community Clinic in Minneapolis.

Speakers at both events will include Shannon Duffy, a Sleepy Eye parent whose child died from a likely complication from chicken pox, and Kristen Ehresmann, director of infectious diseases for the Minnesota Department of Health.

This is National Infant Immunization Week.

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  • Trudy

    Back off. Parents have the right not to poison their child with the “vaccine”

    • Mary

      Vaccinations are not poison. If you lived in a third world country where children died from these curable diseases every day then you would vaccinate your children too. Obviously you are very lucky and fortunate that you are able to choose. Also…it’s a good thing you don’t live in a country where you can’t speak freely. You are very lucky Trudy. Very lucky.

  • Nancy Aleshire

    People who choose not to vaccinate their children need to consider the risks of having their unvaccinated kid infect some other kid or adult with a weakened immune system. The same think would apply to people who come to work or school sick. My son almost died of streptoccocal pneumonia years ago because someone showed up at his workplace with strep throat. Don’t endanger other people’s lives.

    • Felipe

      Disease is part of life. These things happen and healthcare has come a long way in the past 30 years. There is no vaccination for strep and how do you know for sure that this coworker had given your son strep? You don’t know, you are assuming. If a person has a weakened immune system, they need to be extra cautious, however we’re so into disinfecting everything that we have little immunity. That’s why the people in Mexico can drink their water and we can’t.

  • Sarah in Outstate MN

    Trudy, Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been disproved and discredited and I believe is currently on trail in the UK for medical fraud for his phoney study. I feel sorry for your children. Heaven forbid they contract polio. Immunizations have successfully reduced diseases to the point where they are virtually non-existent in the US, and other countries of world are greatly reduced. Diseases that used to kill people are almost gone now. Thanks to vaccines.

    I happily vaccinate my children. Flu shots included.

  • Jack in instate MN

    And which likely complication from chickenpox is so deadly? We used to get chickenpox when I was young and I didn’t ever hear of a death – it must be a pretty rare thing. So we’re going to vaccinate every child against chickenpox and wait until the vaccine wears off and they get it as an adult?
    Sarah – you go ahead and blindly vaccinate your children and hopefully they won’t develop autism. Until they have hard evidence that vaccines given all together do not cause autism in certain children, I think it’s reasonable for parents to be cautious. I do believe in vaccines however but not to the point of blindly accepting whatever the MN dept of health tells you couldn’t possibly be faulty.

  • Jack

    Good info

    A newly published study from the US Centers for Disease Control is further formal confirmation chickenpox vaccine damages natural immunity and causes the more serious highly painful potentially fatal condition of shingles: The incidence and clinical characteristics of herpes zoster among children and adolescents after implementation of varicella vaccination.

    It is long and well known in numerous studies that shingles cases and deaths in adults and the elderly will increase as natural immunity wanes as a result of the chickenpox vaccine. It is however perplexing that the US CDC study authors declare themselves mystified by the increase in teenage shingles cases shown by their study.

    Shingles is a serious painful condition in adults which causes death in some cases. Chickenpox is normally a mild disease in children which most children used to contract and gain natural immunity from. Natural childhood diseases are known to prime childrens’ immune systems for future disease immunity.

  • Valerie

    My cousin died from measles 6months before the vaccine came out. In those days they said it “went to her brain” & she died in her father’s arms. Kids who don’t get vaccines are not only at risk themselves but carry germs to other kids who bring it home to elderly & disabled in their house who maybe are too frail to get the vaccine thereby possibly dooming them to an even earlier death. You’re very selfish not to get your child vaccinated.

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