An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Mommy Monday: An Open Letter to Anti-Vaccine Parents

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mommy Monday: An Open Letter to Anti-Vaccine Parents

This is a little bit of a "political" topic for An Uncomplicated Life Blog, but I've seen a number of articles floating around facebook, the internet, and some idiots on reality TV talking about how they "don't want to vaccinate their kids because there's "stuff" in those shots." And I just had to weigh in on this. Because I now have a baby, and this directly effects me.

Allllllright, anti-vaxers. Let's just take a quick look at science, and history, and real facts here, shall we?

You "choosing" not to vaccinate your child is indeed not a choice for you. You're putting your child at risk for death, becoming disabled, becoming disfigured, paralyzed, and speech deprived. It's not a choice you're making for you; it's one you're electing to put your own child at risk for. Also, you're putting other children and adults at risk, too:




Likely, you've not seen what the measles have done to the people who survive the disease. Do you know that polio causes paralysis? Do you know that whopping cough KILLS? What you're telling me by not immunizing your child is that you'd rather your child suffer or become disfigured than give him/her a shot to prevent it, based on science-less propaganda. You're telling me you'd rather your child die than become exposed to "some bad stuff." You'd elect death over the what you fear is in immunizations. (There's nothing to fear; The CDC fully discloses what in immunizations. Go to the CDC's website for more info.)

What measles looks like on a baby

Here are some questions for you, anti-vaxer parent: Do you have a microwave in your house you use to warm food? Do you use cell phones? Do you feed your kid from plastic bottles, plates, utensils? Do you sometimes get fast food because the kids are begging for it and you're tired? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you've just exposed your kid to far more harmful "stuff" than is in any vaccine.

Now, I'm all about holistic health! I love and use essential oils. I eat local and organic food, don't even think about fast food drive thru's, and feed my son with glass bottles. We don't have plastic storage containers (think GladWare or similar) in my house. We spend twice what we should on diapers because I refuse to put the chemicals that are in Pampers/Huggies/Luvs on my son's skin, the biggest absorbing organ in the human body. I'm totally on board with that line of thinking! But guess what? You still need to vaccinate your kids. Living a healthy lifestyle isn't enough to protect them (or other children, or other adults) from creating and spreading an epidemic.

There has been scientific study after scientific study that disproves immunizations cause Autism. Here's one for reference. Also there's more mercury in breast milk than what is found in vaccines. Vaccines have been tested extensively since the 1930's for their effectiveness and safety, which is longer than nearly any drug currently on the market. It just doesn't make sense to me if you're taking birth control or blood pressure medicine but electing to not vaccinate your children!

Here's the deal, anti-vaxer parent: Public schools are starting to ban your kids. More schools will follow, as your kids cause more localized epidemics. The truth is, your children are a danger to society. Please, please go vaccinate your children. Not just for the health of your own baby, but for the better health of everyone's babies.

                                                                                     Xoxo Stay the heck away from me and my family

10 comments:

  1. I'm a big proponent of vaccinations. Like you, I'm also an advocate for holistic health but that doesn't mean we can ignore science and put children as risk, which we ARE doing. Thank you for this post. My sister was hospitalized for five months and long story short, it was a preventable illness and now our family very much believes in vaccinations, including the annual flu shot if you're around vulnerable people.

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    1. I hope your sister is ok! Yes, it drives me nuts when people know that I'm into holistic health and assume I'm one of the nuts who doesn't vaccinate. My son is vaccinated, thank you, and will continue to be until he's not on my healthcare!

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  2. I'm not a parent and absolutely want to vaccinate my children. Like you, I want to be the best parent I can be in other areas, cloth diapering, glass bottles, organic food etc. But not vaccinating? That is dangerous, selfish and crazy. Very well written!

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    1. I really don't understand these parents! They're (typically) making great choices... Until it comes to immunizations. Many anti-vax comments on an article I read the prompted this post consisted of, "Why would I be a blind sheep and vaccinate my child because that's what the government tells me to do? They're poisoning our kids!"

      No, vaccines are not poison, and you should find a different area in life to "go against the grain" if that's what you're after.

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  3. I am with Kristen - not a parent yet, but I will vaccinate my children. The other part of this is the people that are saying dont vaccinate were actually vaccinated themselves...that one I just don't get!

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    1. Well, they likely aren't vaccinated anymore. What I learned when I had Henry was that while "booster" shots are recommended every 10 years, it might react differently in your body. So I had had a booster seven years before having Henry, and thought I was good to go with all my immunizations. But the hospital said I wasn't immune after they did blood work, and I needed boosters before heading home. What if there was a epidemic caused by these people, and I thought I was protected then came down with the disease anyway because my booster wore off early?! Anti-vaxers need to stop putting the entire public at risk!

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  4. Yes, yes, yes!!! Have you read this post? A great read with tons of links within.
    http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/dear-parents-you-are-being-lied

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  5. Ok. Trying this again--

    YES! Thank you so much for posting this! I get so fed up with those anti-vac people.
    A lot of kids CANNOT be vaccinated due to immune disease, and they rely on healthy vaccinated kids to stop the spread of disease. These people are putting more than just their own children at risk. It really chaps my hide. Team Pro-Vaccination!

    On a similar note, my grandmother got polio and was bound to a wheel chair. She contracted it just before the vaccine was discovered. I know that she was a firm believer in vaccines. She knew first hand the horrors of one of the most preventable diseases out there VACCINATE!

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    1. FINALLY SEEING THIS!!! Yay, technology!

      Yes; ditto to everything you said. I was annoyed by these people before I had Henry, and now they straight up cause a RAGE in me. Just vaccinate your frickin' kids you morons. *drops mic, walks off stage, end rant*

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