Yes, I post links on my personal Facebook wall about vaccinations. Sometimes my pro-vax friends get a little
Someone getting pissy:
BUT what we think is best is not always actually what's best.
She did not do "extensive" research. I'm calling bullshit. She looked online for an hour and then stopped. We've had this conversation before...two years ago when she posted a very similar comment on my wall.
It's funny that someone who vaccinated her own (preemie) daughter out of fear from that one event 6 years ago (which I DOUBT, since in the 3 1/2 years I've known her, this is the first time I've ever heard of it...and it seemed to be her go-to reason for vaccinating), didn't take the time to find out what strain of measles he had...or if he had any other health issues at the time...and couldn't elaborate on exactly what those "life changing side effects" were... But she can tell you that it "could have been prevented with vaccination." I think that's pretty amazing. Good job Doctor! (Oh wait. She's a grade 4 teacher...not a Doctor...hmmm...)
And, FTR, whether it makes me a bitch or not, I'm going to say it...
We all make different choices...true...but we're not ALL right all of the time! That just doesn't even make sense.
(If all parents made GOOD choices ALL of the time...only RIGHT choices...please tell me why we even have things like the Children's Aid?! Please tell me why we have so many parents that regret the choices they made for their children? Please tell me why this blog exists at all?!)
Some good parents make some poor choices, some poor parents luck out and make some good choices, and sometimes people who really believe they're making great choices find out later that infact, the choices they made were not so shit hot after all.
As I said to that friend (right before she un-friended me), some of my favorite people in life are pro-vax. I don't hate people for vaccinating! I hate when people BLINDLY vaccinate without ever doing a second of research. I hate when people sit back and assume their Dr. is going to tell them what's in the vaccines, give them sites to do some research, and treat their child as though they're more than a number...or a pay cheque. Because they just AREN'T.
I asked my own Dr. why it's important to vaccinate. He told me that it's because of "herd immunity". He said that if children don't get vaccinated, it lowers the "herd immunity", and suddenly children start getting diseases that "could be prevented with vaccination." He never once said that any of the diseases he was talking about were CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES, or that those diseases were SAFE to get in childhood. He told me that "adverse effects don't happen". I'm serious. I told him that I know they do...I've looked at the VAERS website. Then he told me that my kids would "get polio if [we] go to a 3rd world country." Um....whaaaaat? Who's going there?? Not us!
(Herd Immunity:"When sufficiently high numbers of people contracted the wild form of the disease and secured lifelong natural immunity, statisticians observed a protective effect in the community...")
Anyway, I just wanted to put it out there that sometimes I post information that pisses off my friends. I can live with that. I don't post information to cast judgement on them for vaccinating their kids, I post it to make them question what they've been told. If they research and still come to the same conclusion, whatever. I can live with that too. But too many times I've had friends say straight out that they have NEVER researched vaccines, and their kids are fully vaccinated...as though they're proud of it. And THAT disturbs me.
Looking up the exact definition for herd immunity, I found THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS, (and it's wrong).