The Vaccination Debate: In Which I Confess My Lack Of Knowledge

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Do you vaccinate? Why or why not?

C’mere, I have something to tell you.

Don’t be shy, come closer.

Okay. Here goes. I have never paid attention the great vaccination debate. I didn’t even realize it was so heated. I mean, yeah, I know Jenny McCarthy blames vaccinations for her son’s autism… I think? And the jury is still out as to whether or not there is a link between vaccines and autism, but that’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge.

Call me ignorant, I guess.  It just never seemed like an issue in my family.  My mom was vaccinated, I was vaccinated, both my children are being vaccinated. Simply put, I thought Measles, Chicken Pox, Rubella and Hepatitis B were all bad things and vaccinations were good things that helped us eradicate horrible diseases like the aforementioned and others like Polio and Small Pox that have killed or disfigured hundreds of thousands of children.

In light of that, vaccinations seem like a no-brainer.

There are so many ridiculous parenting debates that I choose to ignore because it’s just not worth engaging, so I was completely unaware of a growing community of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children for vague-ish reasons that I can’t quite get my head around. But if there is a growing community of non-vaccinated children, what’s the point of those of us getting our children vaccinated? Aren’t those parents who choose not to vaccinate just relying on our vaccinated children to keep their children from getting sick? Already, cases of measles, meningitis and whooping cough have been linked to delayed or avoided vaccinations. Whooping cough can kill infants. Again, these are questions born of curiosity, not finger-wagging at anyone who chooses not to vaccinate.

Am I an ignorant sheep who just does whatever the government says? Or am I a responsible parent who is immunizing her child from deadly diseases? And what about you? Do you vaccinate? Why or why not? AND BE NICE! I’m interested in intelligent, non-condescending discourse. I know you’re a great parent who’s just doing what’s best for your child, so tell me what that is and why you think that? As someone who has kind of avoided the whole debate, I’m truly curious.

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