I’m glad I’m not the sole SMC, or mom in general, with pro-vaccination blog posts. My own family is deeply divided on the issue, and I get to listen to my cousins brag at every gathering that their children were never vaccinated. I keep my mouth shut, because I just feel like it’s bad manners to argue about it.
Some SMC-ers who wrote great pro-vaccination posts this week:
Candlight and Pacifiers wrote I’m Coming Out… as Pro-Vaccine
Loved this SMCer’s point about non-vaccinated children benefiting from the herd immunity of vaccinated children. I’m also glad she pointed out how tragic it is to watch an infant die of measles or another preventable disease because they are too young for the vaccine, but were exposed by a non-vaccinated child. I agree that those who don’t want to vaccinate their children should all live together, and if they contract preventable diseases, they can treat them and live with their decisions. I re-iterate once again: mothers in third-world countries around the world are desperate for simple polio, diphtheria, or MMR vaccines. They have watched so many children die without them from diseases that are now unheard of in the US, thanks to herd immunity. And thanks to crunchies who are not vaccinating? We are seeing a recurrence of childhood deaths from diseases that should no longer be on our radar.
Single Infertile Female wrote Vaxed
I love this post because the blogger really did her research when it came to vaccinations. She’s the perfect example of balance between not over-trusting the medical industry, and not going overboard on the vaccination paranoia. She wanted her child to benefit from the protection that vaccinations offer, while thoughtfully preventing side effects and risks. Along with her pediatrician, she created an extended vaccination schedule for her daughter that made a ton of sense. Also a good reminder to always, always, always speak up to nurses (and I am one) so that mistakes like this one aren’t made!
The vaccine industry is out to make a buck, and vaccines AREN’T perfect, which is why the blogger above did extra thorough research and was understandably very upset when her vaccination schedule was overlooked, and her child given an overdose of a common vaccine. So although I’m pro-vaccination, I’m also pro-caution WHENEVER your child is receiving any type of medication. You can’t be thorough or vigilant enough!