I have a good friend who’s highly intelligent, witty and loves her kids to bits — and she won’t get them vaccinated, so I know for sure that not all parents who don’t vaccinate their kids are crazy. But I’d be less than honest if I didn’t secretly feel that many of them are.
I really do get how that sounds rude, but I genuinely don’t mean it in a rude way — I really, really just don’t understand how some educated people don’t vaccinate their kids.
And then I read how an anti-vaccination organization is advertising hourly on the jumbotron in Times Square through Thursday, and I roll my eyes and wonder what else my kids will be exposed to because some people refuse to protect their kids from very preventable and very serious diseases.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AD AFTER THE JUMP.
The autism/vaccination link/theory has been debunked more times and in more ways than I can count. And while I’m the first to admit I’m not an expert on the causes of autism, I’ve read enough to know that there are plenty of other active theories as to what triggers it (just read many of writer Heather Turgeon’s informative posts on the subject for some terrific information).
I don’t doubt other studies have also popped up and have the potential to continue popping up that plant a shadow of a doubt that there might be a link between vaccines and autism, but as a parent of a child who is of vaccination age and another one on the way, I can’t imagine knowing what I know at this moment that I would not protect my children in every way that I can from diseases that can actually kill them at this moment.
The video message in Times Square is from one of those companies that makes you think it’s stands for one thing but it’s really for another. At least I’d think that the National Vaccine Information Center would be a resource for balanced information about vaccines, but really, it’s an organization that aims to scare the crap out of you if you let someone stick a needle in your kid’s arm.
The thing is, I trust my doctors. And the American Academy of Pediatrics. And the Centers for Disease Control. And I trust that if I don’t let them stick needles into my kids’ arms, then they are at risk for things more serious if they avoid the needle. And while even though I think the reasons of many parents for not vaccinating their kids are more conspiracy-based than factual, I really do respect their right to decide what’s best for their own kids. Where I get upset is when I think about all the things my kids’ aren’t vaccinated for yet, and are therefore exposed to because other kids who could be, aren’t.
The NVIC isn’t the first organization to roll out large ads out for public consumption, and lord knows it’s their First Amendment right to do so — celebrity and autism crusader Jenny McCarthy has taken out ads in newspapers like USA Today and the New York Times. But I also maintain that it’s my right to say I wish non-vaccinated kids would stay out of school until the kids who actually get them are up-to-date on everything they need and therefore less susceptible to catching anything from other kids that could have been prevented.
Do you think the anti-vaccine ad in Times Square is dangerous?