Polio Outbreak in Minnesota

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  1. Ben W

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    Amish polio cases raise concerns
    By Robert Rhodes
    Mennonite Weekly Review

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — A polio outbreak in a central Minnesota Amish community has health officials looking for ways to convince more plain people to take immunization shots.

    Though no one has become ill from the outbreak — the first time polio has surfaced in the United States since 1979, when an international outbreak also affected the Amish and other plain groups — five Amish children from Todd County have contracted the polio infection. Three of the children, ages 5 to 14, are from the same family.

    Minnesota state epidemiologist Harry Hull said Oct. 31 that the state health department now faces the challenging task of encouraging more people to overcome their fears about immunization — the only sure line of defense against a broader, more dangerous outbreak.

    “What we’re hoping is that we can head this off at the pass before it gets into [general society],” Hull said, noting that only about one in 200 people who contract the polio infection suffer the disease’s ravaging paralysis.

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  2. Daisy

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    Are the Amish allowed to use iron lungs?
     
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    Overhere there is a faction of hyperconservative Calvinists that also refuses immunization on religious grounds.
     
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    On what grounds? that it's "modern?"
     
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    On the ground that everything is in God's hand and immunization and insurance are forms of rebellion against God's sovereign will.
     
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    >Are the Amish allowed to use iron lungs?

    OK If run by diesel.
     
  7. bruren777

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    First, when polio immunizations became available in the 1950s, we were given a sugar cube with the anti-polio medication on it so there was no injections!

    Second, God created physicians and people with the intelligence to develope medications to alleviate disease and other illnesses.

    If people, by their religious creed chose not to seek a doctor or medication for their own benefit thats their preogative, but they should consider their children. The child only knows that their parents are taking care of them and if they have never been exposed to anything contrary to their parents beliefs they don't know any different.
     
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    I remember getting my polio vaccine on a sugar cube and I'm only 42. [​IMG]
     

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