(Warning; this is a touchy subject for many and the commenting rules still apply, if you don't know them please read them.)
I have a four month old at home that cannot get the MMR vaccination, so I am kind of freaked out about the recent Measles outbreak stemmed from parents taking their kids to Disneyland when they are either a) sick or b)not vaccinated.
Look I know this is a hot topic with people like Jenny MacCarthy stating how bad vaccines are and how they will hurt your kids and blah blah blah. Personally this mom thinks it's all bull shit. I have two healthy daughters fully vaccinated and a son who is getting his shots on the normal schedule, aside from a few cranky days and fever they are all fine.
I know moms with kids that are autistic, before you use that as a reason to not have your kid vaccinated please know that the study linking the two has been debunked and was actually fraudulently created. No mom of autistic kids I know blames vaccinations.
I know that there can be side effects from vaccines. The CDC states that in small cases kids can have seizures, which is usually a side effect of the fever that the vaccine can cause. Sometimes there is some swelling and in major cases there can be severe allergic reactions. However I feel that these are small compared to what your child CAN get...you know like deaf, blindness, being crippled or even...dum da dum dum DEATH. Yea, your kid can DIE from pretty much all the diseases we vaccinate for. Yes the argument to that could be "My kid could die from the vaccines too!" Uh, check the research this RARELY happens, in fact it is MORE common for a child to die from a disease they are not vaccinated for than the side effects of said vaccines...Your choice I guess.
However what is NOT your choice is to put other people's kids in harms way. Vaccines do not always work, so we have developed this little thing called herd immunity, but this only works if EVERYONE is vaccinated. That includes you adults, get your booster shots, or if you have no idea if you ever received the shot, go get it! My four month old should not die because you decided it was YOUR RIGHT to not vaccinate your kid. Honestly I feel to attend school your child should HAVE to have all their immunizations, there should be no loop holes. Also now that we have seen this fiasco in Disneyland, places like this should request immunization records from those that visit there.
It is 2015, measles should not be a thing again...Is this Oregon Trail? Man I loved that game as a kid and beat it every time, but I lump measles in the same category as dysentery or getting alkaline poisoning from bad water. But I guess you do have rights, the right to choose which awful disease your unvaccinated child dies from, but please don't choose it for mine. If you won't vaccinate; home school, don't take your child to public places and don't let them come in contact with other children. Before we know it there will be huge hospitals up on hill sides catering to those with diseases we thought long gone, like polio and tuberculosis.
So while I am normally all for making decisions for your children that YOU feel is best, this is a subject where I think the term, "not only thinking about yourself." is best used, yes what is best for your child should be top priority, but when your child could pass along a disease to children who are immune compromised, are too young to get the vaccine or a whole slew of other reasons some children cannot be vaccinated, then what is "best" for your child is really about your ignorance.
Sorry if you don't like this, but seriously F you. Vaccinate your damn kids.
Some website to look at
Research About Vaccines