The Vaccination Question
I really worried about vaccinating my child, my baby, my latest baby. You see, I blindly vaccinated my son, believing every single word his peditrician told me. I not so blindly vaccinated my daughter, but listened with half a heart. This baby, I did a lot of research. I learned a LOT about vaccinations. I am chossing to not continue vaccinating this child and I’m not going to change my mind. I don’t believe vaccinations are safe and I also believe we are being grossly mislead about the efficacy of vaccinations.
There. I said it. Now you can yell at me or call me a bad mother or whatever you need to do to justify your stance on the vaccination question. You can throw the science at me, the so-called research, the facts and then you can finish me off with the, you’re irresponsible and inconsiderate to the rest of society because of your alternative hippie viewpoint speech.
I know, I know, I’ve heard it all before(namely from my husband). I used to believe that myself until I really started reading and researching and finding out for myself. There is a lot of information out there supporting both sides of this debate, fair enough. We believe we’re doing the right thing and we tell ourselves, 'Well, my doctor told me it was safe. If I can’t trust my doctor, who can I trust?' I say, trust yourself, find out for yourself, read for yourself and keep asking questions.
Maybe they are safe. Maybe I should trust what they tell me and vaccinate my baby. I mean, the powers that be have never been wrong or dishonest about anything ever before, have they? The coal companies never denied black lung. The tobacco industry never hid research--well, we know. I guess our natural human response is to deny that those who are supposed to have our well being at heart actually don't give a rat's behind and are harming us instead. It's a scary thought but countless incidents of harm to the masses by the small minority in power have played out throughout human history. Doctors used to promote cigarette smoking to calm the nerves and told women to take laudanum until they became hopeless opium addicts. And women were told to take arsenic to pale their skin, as this was in vogue, and would slowly poison themselves. Can anyone say thalidomide in 60's and thousands of limb-deformed children? There are many, many examples I could come up with. All of these seemed like good ideas at the time and virtually all of them were uncovered as horrifically bad judgment on the part of those whose mandate was first do no harm, and many of them were then buried (tobacco, anyone?) to hide the truth. Are they safe? Have they been wrong? That’s the question.