I debated doing this post because a few of my good friends do not vaccinate their children. I know that it is a touchy subject, but I think that there is a lot of valuable information that needs to be shared. I think getting our children their vaccines (and ourselves, for that matter) is very important.
My Mom is a nurse and my husband’s mother works in the hospital. They have seen first hand what not vaccinating your child can do.
“Although vaccines have dramatically reduced the number of people who get infectious diseases and the complications these diseases produce, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases and death still exist. Without vaccines, epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases would return.” ~PBSKids
1). Safety, of course!
Did you know that the things that you are protecting your child against are deadly diseases? I have heard many stories of children getting the flu or something else and dying. Yes, dying. It happened to my friend’s daughter and it is as real as can be… and as heartbreaking as anything I’ve ever heard.
“Only approximately two of every five children and adults in the United States had received an influenza (flu) vaccination by early November 2017:
- 38.6% of all persons 6 months and older
- 38.8% of children 6 months through 17 years
- 38.5% of adults 18 years and older”. ~CDC.gov
2). When people say things like “We didn’t do it & we turned out fine”
I hear this one a lot, too: “Our grandparents were never vaccinated & they did great”… let me remind you that the life expectancy was shorter. Don’t you think there is a reason?
Modern Medicine = Longer Lifespans
Think of it in another sense- apply the same reasoning to buckling up. It is a precaution that you take to prevent something bad from happening. It can hurt your shoulder, it can be a nuisance, it can hurt you in an accident by leaving bruises or cuts, but in the end, it saves lives.
I have heard people say “Our parents didn’t buckle up” or “I never buckled up as a child” Would you EVER let your kids ride unbuckled? I certainly would not! Is that risk worth your child’s life? (PS- Just a little tip on buckling up, while we are mentioning it: most accidents happen within 5 miles of the home, so buckle up even if you are close to home!)
3). “The threat of death by disease isn’t the only medical consequence of skipping vaccinations.
An unvaccinated child faces lifelong differences that could potentially put him or her at risk. Every time you call 911, ride in an ambulance, go to the doctor or visit the hospital emergency room, you must alert medical personnel of your child’s vaccination status so he or she receives distinctive treatment. Because unvaccinated children can require treatment that is out of the ordinary, medical staff may be less familiar, and less experienced, with the procedures required to appropriately treat your child.
Women who are pregnant but not vaccinated can be vulnerable to diseases that may complicate their pregnancy. A pregnant woman who contracts rubella in the first trimester may have a baby with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), which can cause heart defects, developmental delays and deafness.
People who choose not to vaccinate their children also put others at risk if their child isn’t vaccinated and becomes ill. Special groups of people cannot be vaccinated, including those with compromised immune systems (e.g. those with leukemia or other cancers). These people rely on the general public being vaccinated so their risk of exposure is reduced.” ~ Health.com
4). I watch how closely the vaccines are given.
Our neurologist told us not to have two live vaccines given at once. He is an amazing Doctor and I trust him completely. He is very into natural thinking, while still keeping modern medicine into play, and is well-known all around the country. He told us to vaccinate our children, without a doubt, but to just space out their vaccines. We give live vaccines 6 months apart.
5). Outbreaks happen in under-vaccinated areas.
Did you ever notice that there will be outbreaks in certain areas? (check out this map on CDC.gov) Dig in a little and you will find that many of those areas have a lot of non-vaccinated children. People are giving themselves herbal remedies and vitamin supplements without thought, but they hold off on a researched-based vaccine. I think that it is worth investigating, as it could save a life.
In the end, we need to remember that everything that we do is for our family. Do what is right for you and your family, but take in all of the facts before making an educated decision. Do what works best for you & your family.
Remember… teaching good hand-washing is a VERY important skill, so start there. 🙂