Immunizations are helpful to a child, but parents have a right to decide if they want their child to have these shots or not. I understand their choice in not giving shots, but I do not think they are informed of the consequences of their actions.
Twenty-seven years ago, I watched as my three-month-old daughter got her first shots. She cried for a few minutes but settled down quickly. The same thing happened repeatedly with all of my kids over the years. I knew they were protected from the evil sicknesses, and back then they were required by law. Once all three kids reached school age all shots were required to attend school, even the WebMD website states that fact. There was no claiming religious freedom to allow them to stay in school.
The chicken pox vaccine came available in 1995, according to the Center for Disease Control’s website (see background section on that page for more info). On one hand I was thankful that it was available because then my youngest child would not have to endure the painful disease that my other two had gotten when they were younger.
Therefore, I took in the youngest child and after some tests; we found out, he was immune. How can this be, I thought when he never had them. He was a sickly child so he was always at the hospital and surely, we would have known if he had even the mildest of cases. Some people are naturally immune to such things and he was one of those people.
Now days because of the side effects of the chicken pox vaccine, many parents opt out of this shot. They would rather their child catch the disease. I have heard of a local mom who chooses not to vaccinate, and she takes her children to homes where the illness is present. I understand this but to make your kids ill will something so painful is outrageous in my opinion.
Chicken pox is very painful and leaves scars. I know I have plenty of those scars myself. In addition, there are reports of infertility and other bad conditions caused by chicken pox.
Some medical reports link chicken pox with Bells Palsy and shingles. I have suffered with Bells Palsy for 11 months now. This paralyzing disease forever damaged my face. While the cause for my case is not known at this time, the virus that causes Bells Palsy is linked to chicken pox. According to my mom, I had a very bad case as a child. The chickenpox vaccine does not cause shingles, so it is silly to skip the vaccine.
Why someone would be allowed to skip immunizations that would prevent their child from experiencing these other conditions is crazy. So many of these diseases are preventable and they can eliminate so many other conditions, which stem from these.
Non-vaccinating parents fail to realize that their decision to not vaccinate their children other people in their community may suffer. A cancer patient, a senior citizen or a newborn without immunity to these diseases may die as a result. That reason alone should be a wakeup call for parents sadly, it is not.