Another example of a preventable condition caused from misinformation about vaccinations.
Four infants in Tennessee developed an exceedingly rare bleeding disorder, after their parents turned down the administration of standard vitamin K injections. The cluster of illness, reported this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlights the ongoing risks of parents either refusing or delaying preventive injections — like vitamin K or MMR vaccinations — among infants and children.
Some parents of the babies in question said that they declined a vitamin K injection because of fears — which have no scientific backing — that the injection increases the risk of leukemia. Others cited a concern over exposing their child to excessive toxins. The CDC is now working to determine whether cases of VKDB, at least in Tennessee, have been occurring at an increased rate in recent years, or are being underreported.
I’m thinking that medical staff really do need to pay attention to the language and procedures they adopt to encourage vaccination and make it seem MORE like the obvious thing to do. Giving parents an easy out to put their kids at increased risk is a flawed process. I’m not sure what the solution is.