Warning: This may cause a ruckus. Let's just all be nice to each other, okay?
Recently, a friend of mine, who is also a neonatologist, posted this article on Facebook regarding childhood vaccines. I would encourage you to read it, as I find some of the statistics and information regarding the link between vaccines and Autism fascinating. The basic premise is that because some parents are choosing to delay or refuse certain childhood vaccines, some of these childhood diseases are reappearing after being gone for so many years. This article focuses mostly on Measles, since there is currently an outbreak in the U.S., but alludes to several other diseases as well.
Being the mother to a child with a compromised immune system, I have a hard time with the idea of not getting vaccinations. My feeling is that people are putting my child at risk, and that's not fair. Sure, I can keep Abby from going out in public, but what about Caleb? He's at school, church, the playground...and he could catch one of those diseases and bring it back to Abby. I can't very well keep him out of our home, now can I? Not to mention the fact that I'm a teacher who comes into contact with countless germs (shutter). I can't wear a mask for the rest of my life when I'm around Abby. Those who make the choice to delay or deny vaccinations for their children can expose my children to deadly diseases.
I also feel like I owe it to my children to protect them from the things I can control. I couldn't keep Abby from getting CCMS; no pill would prevent her rib-gap anomaly; a shot wouldn't be able to keep her from having a trach and a vent...but I can keep her from getting the Measles!
Not to mention the fact that some of these diseases are deadly! If your child does make it, he or she could have life-long problems as a result.
I have friends on both sides of the fence, and I am not looking for a fight. I'm a researcher too and thought long and hard before giving Caleb the Pertussis vaccine (I had a severe reaction as a baby and nearly died). Thankfully, he has been perfectly fine with all of his vaccines, and so has Abby. I choose to vaccinate to protect my children and others! Thoughts? Ideas? Comments? Other articles?
Remember, I'm not looking for a fight!! I'd love to have a polite discussion about it though. :)