Comment #1: I do not have children, and the way it looks, probably won't.
Comment #2: This is in no way to say that anyone I know or anyone who reads this who has children should think that I am casting aspersions on how they raise their children.
That being said, I've been reading the comments in the immunization post over at matociquala
's blog, and wondering what some folks are thinking. Yes, I know it's a very polarizing issue, and what I'm going to say is probably going to irritate some folks. But it's my blog and last time I checked, it was a free country.
I was immunized for everything that was out when I was a child. I had chicken pox TWICE, and the second time really sucked. Ever have an itch on the inside of your eyelids? How about in your lungs? Yeah, true suckage.
and I have children, they will be immunized. Not just to protect them, but to help protect the other people they come into contact with. That's what herd immunity is - just as with everything else in a herd, everyone has to contribute for it to work.
That being said, I do not get a flu vaccine every year. No, I'm not a hypocrite, and here's why: the last two flu vaccines I got knocked me out for 2 and 4 weeks, respectively. I have a compromised immune system as it is (as most of my readers know), and after discussing it with all my doctors (I have a team, it's one of the joys of having a chronic illness), it was decided that continuing to get the flu vaccine would not be conducive to my health.
If I get the flu, I call in sick to work. I then call my doctors and get the medications I need to beat the disease back, and I make sure that I do everything I can to minimize my exposure to others.
My job only allows me six sick days a year - after that, I need a doctor's note to call in sick. Most people I know whine about that - to me, it makes sense. I've never had an issue calling my doctor and asking for a note to be faxed, whether or not I've actually gone in to see them. Then again, my doctors know exactly what I'm dealing with.
My point? I'm not sure I have one, other than a WTF? reaction to the anti-vaccine arguments I've seen thrown around. I haven't seen any concrete information that tells me that vaccines are bad (and please, don't send me anything on the MMR=autism stuff; I've seen it, it's very bad science and it's been disproven multiple times), and I dunno - it just seems like a bad decision, one that's not only affecting your kids, but everyone you come into contact with.
Just my .02.