Parents afraid of nonexistent “toxins” forego newborn vitamin shot

Another example of a preventable condition caused from misinformation about vaccinations.

Infants develop rare bleeding disorder after parents refuse vitamin K shots, CDC reports | The Verge.

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.

Parents harm children by refusing vitamin shots | Doubtful News.

  4 comments for “Parents afraid of nonexistent “toxins” forego newborn vitamin shot

  1. November 14, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Maybe we need to take a page from the more successful anti-smoking campaigns. For example, it’s my understanding that the ad campaign that showed a testimonial by former smoker who had throat cancer was very successful at convincing people to quit smoking. Maybe we need public service messages like the ones to get smokers to quit, to get parents to get their kids vaccinated by showing parents who’s children suffered from preventable diseases as a consequence of not having them vaccinated.

    Because the frequncy of such diseases has gone down so drastically in recent decades due to vaccinations, people have forgotten just how bad some of the consequences are of those diseases. People need to be reminded in a very clear way that they are putting their kid’s lives at risk.

    • Chris Howard
      November 15, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      That’s a really good idea, actually. PSA’s are pretty effective, especially when you call into play people’s health, well-being, and social standing (physical attributes in teens, which the anti-smoking ads exploited to great success)

  2. One Eyed Jack
    November 15, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Vitamin K is not a vaccine.

    • November 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      That’s true. But the article also mentions vaccinations. In any case, the same principle should apply to any medically advisable preventative measures.

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