My child has a permanent severe brain injury from her MMR vaccine. I cannot believe how disrespectful most of your comments are. I am appalled that Leigh Hopper has the nerve to call parents that take the time to research and make educated informed decisions regarding their childrens welfare "the anti vaccine crowd" and state that we all have "a one size fits all" idea regarding vaccinations. I hope that none of you ever have to go through what my family and my daughter have gone through. The MMR vaccine took my daughters chance at a normal life away. She struggles every day and it is heartbreaking to watch a once vibrant, outgoing child who was reaching developmental milestones ahead of schedule, reduced to someone that struggles to move and talk. Most of the literature that parents are required to sign at the peditricians office speak about fevers, and pain at the insertion site, they dont discuss the real and life changing effects that can occur from vaccinations. People like Leigh Hopper are a discrace to journalism. She should keep her negative comments to herself.
M Shaffer RN, BSN

Posted by: M Shaffer at June 30, 2006 06:40 PM