Shots vs. Vax: Increase in Texas parents opting out of vaccinating kids for back-to-school

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To vax or not to vax, that is the question.

As the school year approaches, parents have been faced with the decision to vaccinate their kids, and medical professionals agree that it’s the best decision a parent can make.

“People hear stories, and the stories and the stories make an impact on them emotionally. Then they make an emotional decision to not vaccinate their children without really understanding the science behind it. Stories can be really powerful," said Dr. Melanie Mouzoon MD, the managing physician for immunization practices at the Kelsey Seybold Clinic.

But many parents have stood up this year and denied getting vaccines.

A record setting 4,5000 Texas Students are going to school without getting preventative injections. Now, Texas ranks 48th in the country for getting our children vaccinated.

“I did research and I just don’t do it. There’s been stuff I’ve looked up and stuff that’s been (said) off the record that they don’t talk about. I feel like I’m doing the right thing not to vaccinate. I’ve seen the kids who’ve been vaccinated sicker than she’s ever been. I’m doing the right thing.” mother Stormy McCloud said.

While many parents believe that vaccines will increase the chance of various mental disorders, like autism or down syndrome, doctors couldn’t disagree more.

“So I think that parents, when they choose to decline immunizations think they’re child and what they don’t realize is that they are choosing the more serious risk and the more serious risk is that your child will catch something fatal or permanently disabling,” Dr. Mouzoon said.

So even if you’re afraid of needles — please consider talking with your family doctor to see what’s best for your youngsters.

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