But I am very keen on preserving my right to make my own mind up. With the Media crying “Outbreak” over 114 cases of measles I have noticed quite a few more (heated) blog posts and comments about vaccinations, or especially comments about those who have not vaccinated their kids. I am not one who likes confrontation or heated debate- (in fact posting this makes me a little nervous!) but I just wanted to share my point of view.
My dad is an M.D., and my two youngest sons would not be here with out the miracles of advanced medicine. I am not anti medicine, but I AM my childs best advocate. When Ben was in the NICU we had 5 different doctors/specialists with 5 different opinions of what should be done. And in retrospect some were very wrong. We had to take the information and we had to decide what would be best for Ben. Which is what I continue to do each year and its not easy. My firm belief is that I need to study it out, and trust my gut which is my inspiration that I get for my child. I would never tell a friend to vaccinate or not to vaccinate. I appreciate the same consideration.
My sister made this comment this morning:
“Isn’t it nice that we can each decide what to do for our own families. Unless we are going to ban drinking (because 1 person dies every 51 minutes from a drunk driver) and automobiles and flying, we need to accept that living in a free country entails risk. Thank goodness IF you or your child gets the measles, you’re chance of dying is only .000036%.”
(Although in contrast to the hourly deaths from alcohol consumption NO ONE has died from the measles since 2003- why is the media headline determining our battles?)
It puts in into a little better perspective for me.
I’m not trying to change your mind (although if you’re interested I have some material you can look at! ;)) just adding my 2 cents to the conversation.