A couple of months ago I received an email from one of my kids’ schools informing me that a case of Whooping cough had been confirmed. Then I remembered the measles scare back in February and how as a public school employee, I had to provide proof of immunization or be suspended from teaching. I have to wonder, were either of these incidents caused by individuals who’d never been immunized?
I already know this is going to honk some people off, but I’m going to say it anyway: Parents who don’t vaccinate/immunize their children are idiots. And worse than being stupid, they are acting selfishly. Not only are these moms and dads playing Russian roulette with the health of their own kids, but they are putting mine at risk, especially when these children are allowed to attend public schools.
I’m sorry, but if you are going to take advantage of public education, than you should be forced to comply with the health laws of the state and community. No conscientious or religious objections allowed. If you want to take a chance on your child contracting mumps or rubella, go for it. I don’t agree with you, but I support your constitutional rights to decide on the wellbeing of your own kids. But I will also fight tooth and nail to have your family banned from public schools so that your decisions don’t endanger my family.
“But Danielle, what about autism? Don’t vaccines cause autism?” No, they do not. The CDC, theAmericanAcademy of Pediatrics, and a slew of other organizations have each reviewed the evidence and found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
“But Danielle, I don’t have health insurance. I can’t afford immunizations.” County health departments offer free and low-cost clinics to all residents. You might have to wait in line, but they’ll get it done.
“But Danielle, I don’t want to risk a fatal reaction to the vaccine.” But you’re willing to risk your child contracting tetanus? Fine. Homeschool or pay for private.
“But Danielle, my religion is against medical intervention.” Good for you. See above.
Could this year’s measles and pertussis cases been flukes? Yes. Even vaccinated people can sometimes become ill. But with the number of non-immunized children growing every day, it can’t be long before these diseases and others begin to occur with some frequency. And then we really will be in trouble. So please, if you have kids or are thinking of starting a family, don’t be an idiot. Get them immunized!