“To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate- that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer 2015
The vomiting and sh*ts of outrageous diseases
Or to take vaccines against a sea of viruses,
And by opposing end them.”
Hamlet paraphrased circa 2015 in the US
Last week was vaccination week in the Casa de Brosephus. A total of 6 shots in two days of doctor’s visits for all three kids. The baby had his 4 month check up and 3 shots. The next day, the middle child had her 2 year check up and 2 shots while big sister got her first dose of the flu shot. In total, they received 8 different vaccines following the CDC guidelines for children’s vaccines.
When it comes to children and vaccines, I didn’t hesitate to get my kids vaccinated. For me, it’s a no-brainer. I’ve read the stories about the supposed links to childhood vaccines and autism. I see it like this, my kids get their shots and risk being diagnosed with autism if that outcome happens. Orrrrrrrr….. I don’t vaccinate my kids, and I risk them getting killed by some virus or disease where their death could have been prevented by a shot. There’s no reason to even think twice there.
The issue with vaccines hit the news circuit when the measles outbreak started at Disneyland. Some people tend to forget that other countries don’t vaccinate like we do, so there’s always the chance of contracting a sickness that’s not encountered much here. Working around international travelers, that’s something that is always in the back of my mind as not every sickness has outward visible signs at the point of being contagious. I think it’s a good conversation that we need to have as people from both sides of the debate, pro and anti vaccine, have valid concerns that should be addressed.
One way to not address them and effectively deal with the situation is to allow politics to inject themselves into the center of the debate. Whether it’s Rand Paul, Chris Christie, or some other elected official, if it is not their job to deal with healthcare policy, then they need to not try to take over the debate. Politics and politicians have a way of screwing things up in my view, and this is definitely one area that doesn’t need to be screwed.
If you decide to vaccinate your kids, then that’s your decision. If you decide to not vaccinate them, then that’s your decision as well. Regardless to what you do, remember that your kids are going to be around other kids. The decisions that you make don’t just affect the health of your child or children. Those decisions affect everyone the come into close contact with. See the measles outbreak as proof.