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Lesson 37: Why you should vaccinate your baby (yeah, I went there)

There is absolutely no intro to this that doesn’t sound rude, callous, or sarcastic. So I’ll just dive right in:

(You guys, Dr. Wakefield had an unethical study with multiple conflicts of interest and Jenny McCarthy, as funny and awesome as she is, “cured” her son’s autism. I mean, really?)

  • Yes, some of the rare potential side-effects are scary. But guess what else is scary? Your kid dying from the measles.
  • No, you cannot rely on herd immunity. Know why? Because if too many people rely on herd immunity, it will cease to exist. Plus? My kid isn’t your kid’s shield, thank you very much.

Some people cannot get vaccinated. Very young babies, people with certain allergies and those with weakened immune systems cannot receive the vaccinations. They’re relying on herd mentality. Do your part; don’t rely on somebody else to do it for you.

  • Yes, there are some risks to vaccinations. There are risks to any medication you use. Weigh the risks! Plus? Your child has a 1 in 1 million risk of having a severe reaction to the measles (MMR) vaccine. You know how many kids die from measles? 2 in 1000. Do the math (2000 in 1 million–there, I did it for you). I stole that information from this article because I love how feisty, yet accurate, she is (though I have to disagree with calling a person stupid for not vaccinating–there are lots of reasons folks don’t vaccinate, and yeah, stupidity is probably one of them. But I think fear is a huge reason–and fear doesn’t mean you’re stupid.)
  • No, vaccines do not cause you to get the disease. Vaccines are not 100% effective, so many people will still catch whatever disease they are vaccinated against [after all, it stands to reason that since most people (thank God) still get vaccinated, then most of the people who catch a disease will have been vaccinated, right? Again, math.]; however, the length and severity of the disease is likely to be lessened. Plus, the severe complications that can come along with an illness tend to be experienced by those who are unvaccinated.

Still worried? Read this. I don’t even agree with a lot of what Dr. Sears says, but he takes a very gentle, and common sense, approach to those parents who are simply scared to vaccinate their children.

Look, I hate taking my son to get his vaccinations. I hate that he cries and that they initially hurt him. And I hate that sometimes he’s cranky and sore for a day or two after. I hate that the medicine makes him sleepy and look all pathetic, and I just want to snuggle him after (so I do).

But I love that I’m protecting him to the best of my ability. It’s so easy to get caught up worrying about the things we can’t change. But this is something we do have control over–so why not give your kid every advantage you possibly can?

Go here for the AAP recommended vaccine schedule.

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2 comments on “Lesson 37: Why you should vaccinate your baby (yeah, I went there)

  1. Well said! It stinks that we have to even think about whether something as amazing as vaccines is good/safe/right! I’ve found that it makes me feel better to space them out a bit (no more than 2 at a time), but we still get them all eventually. 😉

  2. Great post! This is something I worry about a lot. My son will be getting all of his vaccines except the MMR because my husband had a life threatening reaction to it when he was a baby. We’ve discussed this with the pediatrician and she agrees, but it still worries me that I need to factor the risk of other people compromising the herd immunity into our decision. If there was a way to know that he would take after me and be fine, I would definitely vaccinate him for this too, but after all we went through when he was born I just can’t take the chance of another long hospital stay.

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