I am very supportive of different parenting choices. If you breastfeed, or formula feed, I support your choice. Whether you like alternative medicine or conventional medicine, I support you. Whether you like making all your food from scratch or if you enjoy Chinese take-out, I’m fine with that.
But when it comes to vaccinations, I have a hard time being supportive of any choice. I want as many people as possible to be fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.
There is a lot of misinformation spreading about the supposed dangers of vaccinations. While there may be mild side effects to vaccinations, the advantages FAR outweigh the risks.
If one person decides not to vaccinate, it’s not that dangerous, because herd immunity keeps them safe. However the danger comes with the trend of non-vaccination. As we saw in California with the measles outbreak, if too many people skip vaccinations, an outbreak of a disease can happen.
If you skip vaccinations for your child or yourself, you’re putting other people (especially babies, children, and immunocompromised people) at risk for life-threatening diseases.
Here is a good article talking about a few common myths with vaccines. www.parenting.com/article/10-vaccine-myths---busted.
Some people also wonder if they should use a delayed vaccination schedule. In my opinion, it’s not necessary. If you’re concerned and on the fence, I would much rather you use an augmented schedule than not vaccinate at all. However, I think this gives a false amount of credibility to arguments against vaccines, and I don’t think it’s necessary to veer from the CDC-recommended schedule.
I get my flu shot every year. I am up to date on all of my vaccinations (including adult booster shots). I hope you do the same for yourself and your children.