By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Sep 06, 2009 at 7:10 AM

As of Aug. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 210,000 cases of swine flu and at least 2,185 deaths worldwide. Cases of the swine flu are expected to increase this fall and winter, and many countries are preparing to offer mass vaccinations.

For some parents, it’s difficult to weigh out the pros and cons of vaccinating kids against swine flu. On the one hand, they are at greater risk of dying from the swine flu, so the vaccination seems like a good idea. On the other hand, the vaccination could contain toxins that are particularly harmful to children.

What are your thoughts? Will you vaccinate your kid for swine flu or not? Sound-off, Milwaukee, about this big decision.

Absolutely. Vaccinations prevent illness and they only work if everyone gets one. It’s important to stop the spread of this illness so it does not become a worldwide epidemic. The chances of becoming ill from a vaccine are very slim and not anything I worry about. I am more concerned my kid will get swine flu, which can be fatal.

No way. Many of the swine flu vaccinations contain Thimerosal, which includes toxic mercury. I am concerned about the possibility of my child getting autism from a vaccination. Also, the swine flu is not any more deadly than other flus, but the media has made such a big deal about this parents are fearful. Don’t believe the hype.