We are a family who vaccinates. We do them on schedule as best we can. It used to be that I would go into the doctor’s office and just say hey do what you will. However, over time I have been looking into more and I do question things a little more, but for the most part my kids are completely up to date on their shots at all times.
In all honesty it makes things much easier for school. There are no waivers to get and hoops to jump through or rushing around to get caught up on vaccinations. I was panicking this year when my son started Kindergarten because the school was telling me the day before school started that he was missing a shot that was required to start Kindergarten. I couldn’t imagine he would have missed it, our doctor is really on top of those things and I was worried I’d have to find someone who would give him this shot on super short notice. Thankfully it was a clerical error and we were good to go, but that was enough to send me into a frenzy. So I couldn’t imagine trying to play catch up just to start school.
And I know, getting all of those vaccinations at such a young age seems like a lot for such little ones, but at the same time when I compare the possible complications or side effects to the actual diseases they are protecting against it’s a no brainer for me.
Now don’t get me wrong, if you don’t want to vaccinate I’m not going to tell you that you are wrong. We do all have to make our own choices in life. For example, the Gardasil vaccine they now have out for young girls to prevent HPV and possibly cervical Cancer I have been avoiding like the plague. I know we are going to go in this year for both my older girls physicals and our doctor is going to give us all of the whys of doing it. She will even want to give it to my son when the time comes.
That one I have my qualms about because it is relatively new and because the thing it’s preventing is something that’s transmitted through close physical contact. In all honesty I would prefer to just teach my girls about safe sex and let them decide when they are older if they want to get the Gardasil vaccine. And trust me when I say I know my 13 year old is not out there having sex. How could she? Most of the time when she’s not with me she’s at school.
While the chances are small that they’ll have an adverse effect from the vaccine moving forward I don’t want to rely on a vaccine for something that isn’t even in the realm of possibilities for my children. If things change and I fear that my children might be heading towards a path that I have warned against, then I will reconsider. I know it might be too late, but as things stand right now my daughters are so far off from becoming sexually active that it does not seem like a viable choice. And as of right now this vaccine has not been made mandatory to attend school either. Which actually brings me to my point here and the government’s involvement in the raising of our children.
Laws Are Made For A Reason
The government mandates many things about our lives. They tell us that we have to put our children in car seats, that we have to put helmets on our kids when they ride bikes, and they tell us that we have to vaccinate our children against certain illnesses and diseases.
All of these laws were not made on a whim. There were many years and lots of evidence that was gathered which showed this to be the best course of action. Motor vehicle accidents were killing small children not restrained in car seats. Children falling off bikes and hitting their head and dying or getting serious brain injuries. And people contracting diseases which either killed or permanently harmed them. Someone began noticing a pattern and a rise in deaths and someone said we need to do something about this and then lawmakers were lobbied and after much debate and discussion laws were made.
The I was fine growing up defense doesn’t cut it for everything. For most things really. Hey, if we’re talking about soap and lotions on our kids I’m all for the I used Mr. Bubble as a kid and I’m fine defense. Because there aren’t thousands and thousands of deaths and injuries associated with Mr. Bubble. But when you look at the injuries and deaths that have occurred because of a child not properly restrained in a car or a child falling off a bike or a child who contracted a deadly disease then you might want to stand up and listen.
Big Brother Ain’t Half Bad
And you know having someone watching over us isn’t bad at all. And the great thing about our country is that a lot of times there are loopholes. Like the loophole in the vaccination laws that say if there’s a medical reason you can’t be vaccinated, then you get a doctor’s note. So they don’t want our children getting sick from the vaccination. So the very small percentage of the population who are truly medically unable to get vaccinated don’t have to be put in harms way.
But then our government went one further and said okay, but because we have that whole separation of church and state thing we’ll allow for religious waivers of vaccines too. And here’s where people are beginning to abuse things.
Oh, you don’t want to get that vaccine because you reacted poorly to it and therefore you think your child will too? You did fine without it growing up and survived your childhood, so why put your kid through the pain of just another needle, right? So what’s a parent to do? Oh, just sign a religious waiver. No one can question if it’s really against your religion and hey you’re saving your kid from a nasty shot which has a well less than 1% chance of causing seizures in your child. And don’t let those pesky doctors fear monger you into thinking that there are actually 20,000 children admitted a year for complications related to not being vaccinated.
So now we are seeing much less children getting vaccinated when they should be and now diseases which were all but eradicated are making a come back. You can’t tell me that more people are just into religion now either.
Do you know what’s going to happen? Big Brother is going to get angry and in a push to stop an epidemic they are going to take drastic measures to prevent people from using the, “my religion prevents me from vaccinating my children” excuse. So either they are going to make a move to prevent that from being used at all in order to protect the greater good. Because remember, the government has all of the people to look out for not just your family. Or they are going to make it much more difficult for people to use religion. It might even have an effect on the medical waivers people get too.
So it bothers me that people would use fraudulent tactics just to keep from getting a vaccination. If you are so opposed to the vaccination schedules or why they are mandated then go through the proper channels, but don’t lie and say my religion says we don’t have to vaccinate. You are putting your children at risk by doing this. And honestly, what are we teaching our children by lying? That it’s okay to not follow the rules as long as you have a good lie and you did your homework?
Do you vaccinate your children? Do you think it’s right for people to use religion as a reason to opt out when they don’t follow a religion that is against vaccinations?