Some parents in Colorado choose not to have their kids vaccinated. This ability to say no to something, which is heavily regarded as a public health concern, is sparking some serious debates on the matter.
“Vaccines are an important part of community health,” Nicole Neill, a registered nurse, told reporter Eric Lupherin in an interview with 7News. “You opt out for the entire community as a whole and everyone you are in contact with.” Neill’s son Patrick has asthma and is more susceptible to disease. Her son’s condition is why she’s concerned with having her son near other children who haven’t been vaccinated by a pediatrician.
“He could end up in the hospital,” she reasons, “because someone who was not vaccinated carried an airborne illness that could possibly infect him.”