Vaccinate Your Children

As the mom of a preemie, one of the things I had to worry about in those first few weeks after Milli  was born was the higher risk of illness.  That’s why I could hardly believe it when CNN recently ran a news story about a Measles outbreak in Minnesota.  That’s right, Minnesota, United States of America, in 2017.

There are vaccinations for this, and yet we are still getting outbreaks?  Why?  Because there are people who don’t want to vaccinate their children.  I don’t understand this at all.  Vaccinating my child means:

  1. My child will not get any of the illnesses she is vaccinated for.
  2. If my child is around another child who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons, she will not give that child a preventable illness.

Of course, I have friends whom I love to death, that I am pretty sure don’t vaccinate their children.  (I haven’t asked.  I’m making the assumption based on some of the articles that they have posted to their social media accounts.)  And I have to say, that I just don’t understand it.  Mostly, they post articles about the disproved theory that their child could get Autism from a vaccine.  And it makes me wonder what kind of world we live in when being Autistic seems worse to you that your child dying from a preventable illness.  Of course, maybe their child won’t get ill, because enough of their friends will be vaccinated, but you can’t guarantee it.

What I do know is that until Mildred is old enough to have been vaccinated for all the things, I am going to have to start asking my friends if their children are vaccinated before I let the kids play together.

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  1. There was a media scare several years ago saying that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine caused autism in children. And here I was thinking that autism happened before birth or just shortly after!
    My mother never had us vaccinated for anything either–she told us that booster shots etc were “just moneymakers for the doctor.” Truth: we had no health insurance until I was about 12. I never got any vaccines (or saw a dentist) until then, when my parents decided I needed to go to summer camp held by the pseudochristian cult they belonged to. Surprise surprise–no vaccs, no camp! So I had about 6 vaccinations in 3 days, which ruined the first two weeks of that summer as I felt like death warmed up. (The vaccs coincided with a particularly virulent onset of menses, natch.) However, long before then I had had measles, mumps, chicken pox and scarlet fever. My mother’s reaction to any of us getting a communicable disease was to force the rest of us to get it. “I’m not doing this in relays, get it now and get it over with!” When I was 11 there was a measles epidemic in my small Iowa town and my 16 year old sister nearly died of it because it broke out in her throat.

    Fast forward 15 years and I met a Spanish girl younger than myself (I was then about 23) who had a leg brace and had had polio!! Because, like my mother, hers didn’t believe in vaccinations. “Kids have to get sick!” Well, yes, it gives your immune system something to fight–but I have seen Spanish mothers allowing a kid to go into a supermarket when he’s got rubella!!! German measles, to me and you.
    Strewth.

    I used to be active on a message board where a lot of first-world young adults raved against vaccines. They are of course too young to remember what the world was like when smallpox, TB, rubella, and scarlet fever were known killers.
    Here in Europe we have national health service, and vaccination is the law. It’s also free, which is as it should be.

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