To Vaccinate Or Not Vaccinate? The Great Debate & California Passes Mandatory Vaccination Bill For Schools – Thoughts?
My sweeties are 5 years, 4 months & 1 day old.
This has been a hot button topic seemingly forever, but I was curious to get your opinions on it. People who choose for either personal reasons or religious reasons to NOT vaccinate their child or children. If you don’t wish to elaborate you can simply take the poll below. You may leave a comment if you wish to though.
I know there have been fears by some that vaccines may lead to Autism, however, any link between the two hasn’t ever been scientifically proven. Many Autism specialists have in fact debunked this theory and now highly urge parents TO vaccinate and dispel their fears. Admittedly, I once thought there was a link myself just because there is so much we do not know, and there was much speculation. Now with that being said, do we fully know there is zero connection in any single case of Autism? Not 2,000% I suppose, but it appears that vaccinations do not play a role. I’m no expert, hence why I am saying only what I have heard and read 😳 .
My friend has 3 out of 3 children with Autism, and both her and her husband had delays and went to special classes and programs in school but were highly functioning as kids (now adults) themselves. I am unsure if they had Autism. We didn’t hear that word as kids that I remember. Their children are not as well off as they were as kids, but both my friend and her parents think a genetic component is definitely involved. I think that is very likely. 3 out of 3 kids?
It talks about the MMR vaccine and the other vaccinations which contain mercury, both facts and studies throughout the world.
(My Allie mistakenly got her sister’s dose of MMR a year + ago- a double dosage. I was terrified that she got two in one day because that isn’t normal. Bad doctor error, however, my fears were all laid to rest after time passed and numerous conversations with my father (FDA), poison control, several pharmacists, doctors and also a lawyer were all positive. Thanks also to the FB friends who talked me down to. I was only scared of the double dosing NOT the regular 1 vaccine she was meant to get, although I was never happy to see my kids get their shots AT ALL 😥 .)
There are fears by some parents over rare side-effects or other potential health issues in the future. I don’t know if anything has ever been proven, but it is a valid reason to worry when we are unsure of something. These are our most precious commodities after all. For me though, I feel that we all are much more likely to contract something potentially life-threatening without a vaccination then with it. I do understand how even 1 negative story can scare a new parent off. We love our kids. We fear for our kids. But we also need to be aware of all of the dangers surrounding them every day also.
My son had a Hep B. Vaccine and a couple of days later seemed to have some reactions to it. It was never proven by the medical community, but it did make me fear that particular vaccine for my next children and just in general, however, it may NOT have even been from it. I’ll never know. I get the fears though. However, To me, vaccinating WELL supercedes any of those fears or the one past incident that had me frightened at the time.
I don’t wish to bash people who do not vaccinate They seem to be intelligent people if you look at the chart below. We fear the unknown – we are human. We try to make the best decisions that we can based on the information that we have. I can only share my point of view. I am not trying to force my opinions on others. I will say that I HAVE delayed some vaccinations in my children to spread them out apart more, however, they do end up fully vaccinated before they enter school.
I have never questioned vaccinating my children over the rumors or any fears about Autism, the past, things I have heard, nor anything else simply because it just seems too dangerous to me to NOT vaccinate my children with all that they are exposed to outside of the womb and then most especially once they start going to school. The health of my kids come before any fears I may have about ‘maybes’ vs. what I do know are definite potential risks out there when they are not vaccinated. I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if something happened to my child that I could have prevented. If you lost a child you know how I feel more than anybody.
What about those with religious beliefs? Should their belief system be respected in this? I will keep my personal thoughts on this hush, only because I do not have a belief system that affects anything remotely close to this, so honestly, how could I ever give a fair answer? Do I worry about other kids getting my kids sick though? Yes. But that is what the vaccines are for, so I am pretty secure. Not 100%, but you know what I mean. Nothing is ever perfect. Like you can’t get the flu from the flu shot they always say. Oh please.. I have. Some things are just unknown or sketchy. We do the best we can is all and hope for the best.
I am totally FOR vaccinating all children, especially before entering school. It does also in turn help protect others, but I know people with opposite opinions do exist. It’s human to agree to disagree. Sometimes parents just don’t like the pressure from doctors which it is totally there. Doctors should not do this. It certainly isn’t helping their plight. They should educate parents, not by using scare tactics or flat out threats, just by using facts in a clear and concise way and nicely answering their questions with empathy and compassion – not aggression. I’m sure that pushes some parents away from vacciniating their kids. ”Don’t tell me what to do with my own children!” They need facts and not pressure when in doubt.
California passes a bill. Should every school in every state follow this lead? Many are already there, but there are still some that are not.
California just passed a bill forcing vaccinations or they won’t allow those children into public schools. Whether it will be made law is still unknown. What do you think about that? Should that be made a national law? I won’t lie and say I wouldn’t feel better if it was nationwide, though I know many people would be extremely against it, as they feel it is their right to choose and this would be a violation of their personal rights as parents. I do agree in our rights as people and as parents, but when benefits outweigh risks, I think sometimes we have to step down and think rationally about things such as this. Again, this is an opinion of mine. I am not an expert. I know there are certainly things I do not know that others do who made their choices based on those things that they believe in. Please know that. I don’t believe that any parent does not vaccinate ‘just because.’ There are ALWAYS reasons. It isn’t from lack of love. This I am certain of.
But I digress…
This debate in California comes up heavy after people were getting sick from the measles over in Disneyland some months ago. (84 people who lived in numerous states.) The vast majority of people that got sick and were spreading it to others, children included, were ones that did not receive the vaccination for measles or were too young to yet be fully vaccinated.
This is in part why I am discussing this today. My twins are entering into kindergarten next year, and as a parent who wants to maintain their health throughout life as best that I can (the only way I know how) they are fully vaccinated. I am hoping I will always see that as the correct choice for them. (Again, I’m no expert.) I know that vaccinations will not protect them against everything the world throws their way, but I know that I have done the best that I can do to try to keep them safe. I know 100% of people who read this do not believe in the same and are against vaccinations, but I do see from numerous website statistics that the greater majority does believe in them. I’m curious to see what my own poll will show since I never discussed this highly controversial topic before.
Some argue that they were not vaccinated and were fine throughout life. (I now wish I had the Chicken Pox Vaccine as a kid. I wouldn’t have to worry about Shingles now, which my mom had. It was quite awful.) Some say it is against what they believe in religiously or don’t wish to be forced into these choices. So if you are one of the ones who are against vaccinating your children please do comment below and explain to us why you feel as you do. I like to learn things to, so please do not bash me for my own personal beliefs, as we are all entitled to them. If you are for vaccinations and you find it to be unsafe or even negligent for children to not be vaccinated due to their own safety and the safety of others you may voice your feelings as well.
I’m not trying to put down those who do not vaccinate, but I will stand my ground on my own personal opinion TO vaccinate. We are all entitled to our thoughts and opinions on this and other topics when it comes to our children. Take the poll and let me know.
”Now, do I think kids get too many vaccines nowadays? That is another question. However, I do hope and pray that our kids are only given what is really needed since I am certainly not a doctor, nor do I ever pretend to be one. My only intention ever is to protect my kids as well as I know how. That is all any of us try to do as parents.” – Mama P.