Give me those shots
It’s not surprising that a public health topic is in the news again and is being also touched by political hands. It’s also not surprising that there are people who refuse to acknowledge the science behind this one particular health topic.
Be it personal or religious beliefs, there are people who are refusing to vaccinate their children and now other children are paying the price for it. (See 2015 measles outbreak.)
As someone who has worked in public health for quite a while now and who generally trusts the medical community when it comes to something they have continuously tested over many, many decades, it angers me to no end that there are parents out there who choose not to vaccinate their children.
While it may be a personal choice for them, it is not one for the rest of the community they live in or wherever they may travel. They can, and some are, physically hurting others for their personal choice to not vaccinate (even though several of these parents were vaccinated themselves as children).
No I don’t have children of my own and no I’m not a doctor, but I was a child and I have been vaccinated both when I was young and as an adult. I thankfully do not have any allergic reaction to any of the vaccines I’ve taken, nor have I gotten sick from them.
What I do have is a conscious mind that thinks if I don’t get vaccinated, then I could potentially and fatally hurt someone who has an autoimmune disease or a child who is unable to get the required vaccines.
Do parents not make their children wear seat belts when riding in the car? Do they not require them to wear a helmet when on a bike? Do they not tend to them, and in some instances give them medicine, when they are sick?
Then why not vaccinate to not only protect their children, but also those around them? Or has the first world forgotten what it looks like to have children falling ill and in some cases dying from diseases such as polio and measles? Maybe these parents need to take a trip out to a developing country and get a reality check.