YOUR HEALTH » VACCINATIONS
Shot in the arm: the chiropractic
dispute over childhood vaccinations
Broadcast: January 20, 2004
Who hasn't heard the media message to get a
flu shot? After SARS, a lot of us are pretty scared of getting
sick. But not everyone. Some people are more concerned about
the risk of severe side effects from getting vaccinated.
They're arguing that children should not be
vaccinated for anything - not measles, whooping cough, diphtheria,
not even polio.
The anti-vaccination movement has many in the
mainstream medical community concerned. They point to cases
like Nigeria, where polio is making a huge comeback amongst
a largely unvaccinated population - religious leaders there
have warned that the vaccine can transmit other diseases
and viruses, including HIV.
And health officials also point to the UK,
where measles recently surfaced in large numbers as more
and more people opted not to vaccinate.
In North America, the vaccination debate is
strong amongst some chiropractors. One regulatory body has
proposed tough new rules to prevent chiropractors from offering
advice on vaccination.
This week, Marketplace looks at the
chiropractic dispute over childhood vaccinations.
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