I remember taking my baby in for his first set of shots. The minute they laid him down, before they ever put a needle into his tiny thigh, he started screaming.
He cried, I cried. It was heart-breaking.
But that time and all the other times I’ve taken my kids to a doctor for immunizations I tell them the same thing, “This is better than measles. This is better than mumps.”
So what happens when someone choses not to vaccinate their kids?
The simple version: you’re putting not only your child but thousands of other people at risk of contracting rare, deadly diseases.
But wait, how can I spread it if they are vaccinated?
Because they aren’t.
✔ The DTP vaccine, for instance, can’t be given until a baby is 6 weeks old. (That’s the one that protects them from diphtheria and pertussis.)
✔ Or the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) that can’t be given until 9 months old.
✔ Or the Varicella vaccine that can’t be given until 12-15 months old.
So all that time kids are waiting to responsibly receive their shots, they’re at high risk if they come in contact with anyone with one of those illness.
Perhaps while they are sitting in a waiting room at doctors office or hospital.
Your negligence could literally kill other peoples children.
Do you know why you don’t have to vaccinate your kids? Because everyone else did. Since we all did our part, there isn’t pertussis and diphtheria running rampant in the streets. You don’t feel scared to protect your child from these diseases because you don’t see them. Because we have eradicated them. You now get the choice to fuck it up for the rest of us after hundreds of years of hard work. And we gave you that choice by taking care of our children. So you’re welcome.
There are years and years (and years, and years, and years……you get my point) of history telling us how scary these diseases are. How fast they grow. How painful they are.
I know we can’t all agree on a lot of things, but can we all agree that we do not want our kids experiencing heart-failure, damage to their nervous system, painful sores, rocket high fevers and a long list of other things?
Bottom line: we have these vaccines for a reason. Stop thinking you’re smarter than science because you’re not.
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.