Parental choice

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

I am a registered childminder and a former pharmacy lab assistant at our local hospital. When my 19-month-old son Samuel was due to have his vaccinations, I had all the 'inside' information and made what I felt was the right choice. He was vaccinated and he remains a very happy and healthy little boy. The vaccination debate has been going on for years. When I was born in 1976, my mother was frightened by the arguments against the whooping cough vaccine and decided I should not have them. I caught whooping cough when I was two years old, was hospitalised and nearly died. Two years on I contracted mumps.

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