To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - As the H1N1 Virus continues to take a toll on Mesa County, some parents are wrestling with the idea of getting their children vaccinated.

Mesa County Health Department officials who say the vaccine is perfectly safe, but some parents are still feeling a bit uneasy.

Father Kelly Pearmain says after his son got a series of shots as a baby, things were never the same.

His son Mason was later diagnosed with autism, and though he says he's not completely against vaccinations, he says vaccines like this latest one do make him think twice, about consequences versus benefits.

Kristy Emerson with the Mesa County Health Department says the H1N1 vaccine, though a new virus, is manufactured the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine, which is also a new vaccine every year because it contains different strains of the virus.

Health Department officials say age restrictions are only for the FluMist vaccine because it is a live virus, and the more traditional shot version is safe for the same ages as seasonal flu.

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