There is absolutely no intro to this that doesn’t sound rude, callous, or sarcastic. So I’ll just dive right in:
- No, your kid won’t get autism from the MMR vaccine, or any vaccine. Even Autism Speaks supports the fact that there is no connection between autism and the MMR virus RNA. But hey, what do they know? I’m sure a doctor with critically flawed research and a Playboy Bunny know way more about the subject.
(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.
- Yes, the diseases we’re vaccinating against are almost completely gone. Because of immunizations.
- 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.
- Yes, vaccines do contain chemicals. Everything is made of chemicals. No, they do not contain anti-freeze (Jesus, people!). “The simple thing to remember is the poison is in the dose – in high enough doses even water can kill you. And there’s 600 times more formaldehyde in a pear than a vaccine.”
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.
- Tennessee Department of Health says Recent Mumps Cases a Reminder of the Continuing Need for Vaccination (clarksvilleonline.com)
- Charity urgently calls for MMR vaccine drive to stop measles outbreak (walesonline.co.uk)
- Vaccinations protect children and the community as a whole, doctors say (timescolonist.com)
- Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad (theverge.com)
- Six Myths About Vaccination–And Why They’re Wrong (the conversation.com)