Vaccinations: Myths and Reality
I have children that are fully immunized, I have children that are partially immunized, and I have children they are NOT immunized. We have experienced severe side effects and we have experienced medical recommendations not to vaccinate some of the kids, as well as recommendations to vaccinate in a personalized way. After running into the issue, each decision made was a well-throughout out and thoroughly researched decision, made together with a team of professionals in benefits of the child, first and foremost.
I receive just as much pro-vaccine backlash as I do receive criticism from anti-vaccinators. Usually, the arguments that either of the sides give as facts, are NOT facts, but assumptions.
So, let get clear on a few things:
- not all vaccines are created equal. Vaccines can save lives, but they can also kill if a severe side effect occurs. A fact.
- severe side effects is a real thing. We have experienced them. We also had a very, very hard time getting them medically documented. A fact.
- a “standard” vaccine administration does not account for personal and unique circumstances each child has. What works “just fine” for one may hurt another. A fact.
- a ratio of side effects of some ( usually poorly developed) vaccines can be higher then a ratio of a possibility of a contracting the disease itself. That’s a fact too.
- an immunized child can contract a disease. Not all vaccines protect the way they were thought to. A FACT.
There is more that can be said, but I want to touch on some facts for another side:
- most of the anti-vaccine propaganda comes from a place of FEAR, not knowledge. That is a fact.
- a lot of information presented by anti-vaccine supporters is one-sided, and lacks substantial facts. That’s also a fact.
- not ALL preventable diseases can be treated even with modern medicine. Read that again. Not ALL preventable diseases can be treated even with modern medicine.
So, where do you fall on your views for vaccinations? I'd love to hear your thoughts. At the end of the day the most important thing is that we choose what will be best for the children's health after considering carefully all aspects of the issue.