Your choice not to vaccinate does not trump my choice to keep my children safe

It's been a long time since I posted here, but I felt I had to share this...I'm sure many (or all) of you have heard about the measles outbreak in the US and Canada. If you are anti-vaccine or considering not vaccinating your child, please read this woman's plea. I used to keep my mouth shut on vaccines and not try to convince others of my views, but my opinion has changed. As she says in her emotional post, "You [people who choose not to vaccinate without having a medical reason] have stood on the shoulders of our collective protection for too long. From that high height, we have given you the PRIVILEGE of our protection, for free. And in return, you gave me this week. A week from hell. Wherein I don't know if my BABY will develop something that has DEATH as a potential outcome...And you would be the first to line up if you had an inkling of what the death of a child feels like. You would be crawling through the streets on your hands and knees, begging, BEGGING to get that vaccine into your precious babies because that is what I would have done, if I could, to save my daughter."

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/moms-angry-as-hell-fa…

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4Rina
02/18/15
4Rina
See, that's what I don't agree with anymore. I actually don't think it's controversial for any really valid reason, and I don't think "every family" is allowed to make their own choice. Am I also allowed to make a choice to drive drunk? No, because it puts other people at risk...Are there possible risks to vaccines? Yes. There are risks to almost anything we do in life. And I feel many of the anti-vaxxers have just been relying on the fact that most of us do vaccinate and so they don't have to. But now their numbers have grown, so they are ruining it for the rest of us. That's completely unfair!
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02/18/15
4Rina
But it shouldn't be! That's my point...
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02/18/15
4Rina
But, Elena, they don't have a choice in so many other things. You must have a driver's license to drive a car, you have to pass exams to be a doctor, you can't drink and drive. So why is vaccinating a choice?
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02/18/15
i understand, some states added a requirement that parents get some kind of education about vaccines before they can refuse the shots for school-aged children. Let’s take, for example, the idea that doctors should fire patients who won’t vaccinate or won’t vaccinate their children. What that does is create problems for families who have concerns about vaccinations in finding adequate medical care. It alienates them from the medical system,
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02/18/15
4Rina
Oh, I agree. Those children still deserve medical care even though their parents are making ill-informed and selfish choices. Maybe it's the parents that should get "fired" from their doctors! :-)
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    02/18/15
    I chose not to vaccinate, and I've never regretted a day of it. I think the best response to this argument is a "sign" I saw on facebook. "2004 to 2015 - reported deaths from measles -- Zero; reported deaths from the MMR vaccine - 108." Remember that the CDC only considers negative reactions that occur within 48 hours. I'm sure that number is much higher.
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    02/18/15
    4Rina
    Your stats are skewed. There have been so few deaths from measles PRECISELY BECAUSE most people do vaccinate. If more and more people took your approach, those deaths would 100% rise. You've obviously never seen a child - or adult - suffer from measles, polio, pneumoccocal disease and the like, or you wouldn't be risking your child's life in this way. And, you know what, at the end of the day, I guess you can make that choice for your child. But, I'm having a baby in a few months, and your choice puts my baby at risk. That's totally unfair!
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