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Welcome! This is the sixteenth and final post in my vaccine series. You may have missed Getting Serious, 10 Bad Reasons Not to Vaccinate, Why “Science” Should Be Carefully Evaluated, What is Herd Immunity All About, How the Immune System Works, Ingredients in Vaccines Part 1, Ingredients in Vaccines, Part 2, Risk-Benefit Analysis: MMR, Risk-Benefit Analysis: DTaP, Risk-Benefit Analysis: Chicken Pox, Hib, Flu, Risk-Benefit Analysis: Pneumoccocal, Meningococcal and HPV, Risk-Benefit Analysis: Hep A, B and Rotavirus, What About Alternative Schedules?, How to Protect Unvaccinated Kids, or Responses to Vaccine Pushers.
Well, it’s been quite a long four months! That’s how long it’s taken us to get through this vaccine series. But it was needed. Vaccination is such an important and personal decision for a family to make, and no one should go into that decision uninformed. Hopefully, many of your questions have been answered and you’ve found some new resources through which to continue your search.
Remember, never take my word for it, or anyone else’s. This is your decision to make and yours alone. No matter what anyone says…that is true.
Why Do Medical Professionals Want Mandatory Vaccination?
Last week, a couple of medical professionals commented on my post, Responses to Vaccine Pushers. It seems they’re proud of being pushers and think that we all should vaccinate on the CDC schedule without any choices. Their reasoning? ”I’ve seen what can happen with these diseases. They’re far worse than the vaccines.”
Let me just explain why that is truly a logical fallacy.
In the real world, people get sick all the time. Most of these illnesses are mild — like a cold. Some may be a bit more severe — think bronchitis or chicken pox — but by no means do they require a doctor’s care. In general, they require a few days to a couple weeks of rest and supportive home remedies, and then the person is as good as new.
In the cases where these illnesses don’t go as expected, where there are complications, or where the illness itself is simply unusually serious, a doctor’s care is sought. And in the worst of these, the person is hospitalized in order to receive needed treatment for the illness.
Only a very tiny percentage of ill people actually fall into this final category — this “worst case scenario,” requiring hospitalization. But those are the cases that medical professionals see everyday! They don’t see the vast majority of cases that do not require their care, because…those cases do not require their care! They have an extremely skewed view of how risky illnesses are, because they see the most difficult cases.
In contrast, health professionals usually vaccinate people everyday, or see people who are vaccinated by colleagues. These people receive shots, then leave the facility, appearing to be fine. But the truth is, it can take several hours to several days (sometimes longer) for vaccine reactions to show up. Worried parents call doctors the evening after shots to say, “He’s been screaming all day, and he has a fever of 103, what should I do?” Many parents are told to expect fussiness and fever and may not call at all.
Therefore, medical professionals rarely actually see vaccine reactions. And many deny that is what is happening even if a parent does call only hours after vaccination, reporting unusual symptoms.
Since medical professionals usually don’t see reactions (and/or they deny they happen in many cases), and they see absolute worst-case illnesses, it is easy for them to be biased in favor of vaccination. I would not consider most health professionals to be, in any way, an unbiased source of information, no matter how compassionate or well-educated they are otherwise. Their perspective is very, very biased.
Speaking of education, one health professional mentioned that one reason that not vaccinating is so dangerous is because doctors haven’t been trained to recognize and treat these illnesses. I do not feel responsible for a doctor’s lack of appropriate education, and neither should any other parent. Even vaccination rates are high (which, in general, they still are), vaccines do fail and people do get sick with these diseases. Doctors should definitely be trained to recognize and treat them! That is just unprofessional and irresponsible, to avoid studying these diseases because “we vaccinate for those, so they won’t happen.” Unbelievably irresponsible.
What Do I Do Now?
That is up to you. My recommendation is to continue to research until you feel confident with the decision you have made, whether that’s all the vaccines, none of the vaccines, or anything in between.
In my opinion, it is so important that you and your spouse be on the same page. Please read these materials together, read books together, talk to a doctor or other health professional together. List all your questions and concerns and address them together. This is your children’s health that is at stake here, and you both must be comfortable with your decision.
Unfortunately, too many parents do not see eye-to-eye on this issue. This can lead to children being vaccinated — or not — against a parent’s wishes. It should not be a divisive issue for your family, and it can be if you don’t get on the same page. Take the time to honestly and thoughtfully discuss your concerns until you can reach an agreement. This is even more important for parents who are not currently married and are sharing custody, so that the issue does not become a battle in which the state gets to make the call. (The state will always go with vaccinating.)
If you have a special circumstance, like adoption, fostering, shared custody, etc. please seek a lawyer’s help if needed to find out what your rights are. They will vary based on situation and the state you are in.
I’ve enjoyed researching and writing this (long) series on vaccines and I hope it has been helpful to you! We’ll be moving on now to some new ideas and projects.
What would you like to read about next?
- Creating your natural medicine cabinet (a series on preparing, storing, and using natural remedies)
- Wildcrafting (all about different herbs that grow wild and how to use them)
- Homeschooling kindergarten/preschool (our adventures as we begin homeschooling)
- …anything else?
Please let me know what you’d like to see!
What was your favorite part of the vaccine series? What would you like to see next?
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