'Vaccinate Your Kids Or They Could Die,' Parents Are Told In Shocking New PSA!

Tue, July 5, 2011 7:00pm EST by 5 Comments

Parents are being warned they’re risking their kids’ lives by refusing to vaccinate them against childhood illnesses.

The public service announcement, released by the New York State Department of Health, features the moving testimony of a mom whose five-year-old son died from the flu. But, is it too much?Serese Marotta perches on her dead son Joseph‘s bed and stares into the camera, describing how she has kept his belongings, 18 months after he died from the flu.

“We’ve made the decision to keep all his things the way they were when he was here last,” the mourning mom says.

Her words are followed by a black and white message that reads, “Every year, unvaccinated children die from preventable diseases. Get your kids all their recommended vaccines and flu shots.”

The candid, stark message, has upset some parents — but advocates insists it’s more important than ever to get the message across to moms and dads. Parents turned their backs on vaccines following unfounded claims childhood vaccines can cause autism – and health officials fear too many kids are falling through the cracks.

A New York Health Department spokesperson tells the New York Post, “Thought it is a difficult message, the focus groups revealed a need to make parents aware that children who are not vaccinated can have serious illness and some may die.”

What do you think about the PSA, HollyMoms? Is it too much — or are scare tactics the best way to make an important point?

– Ian Garland

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Posted at 10:37 PM on July 5, 2011  

michelle im so sorry

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Posted at 10:30 PM on July 5, 2011  

If anything it doesn’t go far enough. Too many careless parents are bypasding state laws and the recommndations of trained medical professionals because they don’t “feel” like having their kids vaccinated. Polio was virtually eradicated thanks to vaccines. They save lives, absolutely. It sickens me to see celebrities like Jenny McCartney telling you it is okay to put your child at risk, because her son got shots and has Autism. The two are NOT related, the onky study ever linking them was. Withdrawn due to its inconclusive and crackpot basis, and to soothe fearful parents, thiminerasol (sp?) was taken out of vaccines….the only semi-dangerous thing in them.

I am a mom and hace never regretted my decision to vaccinate….because I do NOT have a MD license and so I don’t know better than a doctor. Some things shouldn’t even be left up to parents….people who don’t vaccinate put other people’s kids at risk too. Kids who are allergic to the vaccines.

You really want to be responsible for the death if a child? Naybe your own? Go ahead.

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Posted at 12:23 PM on July 6, 2011  


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Posted at 7:55 PM on July 5, 2011  

Vaccines don’t always protect. Our 2 year old had the flu shot she passed away feb 13 2011 from complications from the flu ( the flu caused her to get encephalitis a brain swelling) so if you give you kids their vaccine doesn’t mean they will be ok.

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Posted at 5:17 PM on July 6, 2011  

i am so extremely sorry for your loss! losing a child is so difficult. god bless you and your family

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