Area parents, doctor join in on vaccination conversation

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The debate over whether to vaccinate children is brewing across the country, and it’s sparking the conversation right here in our community, too.

Some parents we spoke with say even though the question has become a hot topic, they still believe in vaccinating their children. Even some local teachers, like Cynthia Whitehead, say it’s a good idea.

“I think they are a good safety precaution,” Whitehead says. “I did get my own child vaccinated.”

But there are other parents across the country who do not believe in vaccination. Many say they’re concerned about what’s in the vaccines themselves and the harm they could do to a child.

The medical community, though, says time after time, the benefits involved with getting vaccinated far outweigh the risks of not doing it. Dr. David Hill, a Wilmington pediatrician, agrees.

“One of the things that frightens me the most is to hear that a child hasn’t been vaccinated,” Dr. Hill said. “To me, that is like hearing they don’t use a car seat in the car.”

Hill says with the recent measles outbreak, which he adds is a very dangerous and very contagious disease, vaccinating just makes since.

“I really urge any parent to make sure that your children are as protected as they possibly can be,” Hill said.

Local parents we spoke with agree, saying they feel it is important that kids are guarded against the diseases out there. Many say they fear finding out they could have prevented their kids from getting a disease or virus years after choosing not to vaccinate them.

The debate over vaccines even made it to Washington, where both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner agree that vaccinations are the best option.

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