Vaccinations: A shot in the dark?

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The Pagosa Springs SUN Online

Our news is frequently occupied with the alleged benefits of vaccinations, for both children and adults. On March 23, Deni Blaisch, a registered nurse, will present her perspective on this issue, answering the question frequently posed to her: “Are you for or against vaccination?” To which she replies: “Yes, I am.”

Deni will present the arguments for and against vaccinations for people of all ages, from young children to the elderly. She notes that without vaccinations you may be prohibited from holding certain jobs, or your children may be excluded from daycare, or your doctor may refuse to treat you. These consequences may appear very harsh. Then again, who can be opposed to vaccinations against smallpox or polio (unless, of course, you were vaccinated between 1955 and 1963, when the polio vaccine was contaminated with the sv40 virus)?

Anytime there are winners and losers, as with the vaccination debate, hard feelings and anger are bound to arise. Deni will share with us some of the facts both for and against vaccinations, and help us to discover the balance between the value of vaccinations for the individual versus the general population.

Deni has attended the Pagosa UU Fellowship since moving here in 2007. She is a trained massage therapist, a registered nurse, an armchair activist and an avid whitewater canoeist.

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsors a children’s spiritual educational program and encourages families with children to please join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living, moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world and to search for truth with an open mind. Arts and crafts projects also are utilized to illustrate these principles.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

This story was posted on March 20, 2014.