It’s World Immunization Week! This is a great time to spread the word that vaccines are GOOD and save lives! So remember, vaccines are good and save lives!
As a Science Momma, I get pretty annoyed by all the anti-vaccination rhetoric. I’m guessing I won’t change anyone’s mind either way, but it’s still annoying. People are graduates of the University of Google, and assume that because CrazyHippyMomma.com* says vaccines are bad, they’re clearly bad. All those doctors and scientists and public health officials are clearly collaborating with the pharmaceutical companies to prevent people from getting debilitating diseases and need lifelong care whose cost would easily outweigh that of the vaccine itself. Those kids dying in third world countries from diseases that are easily prevented by vaccines here in the US are probably in on it too, right?
That’s just one of the many, many things that bug me. In general, I don’t like judging people, and I think child-rearing involves a lot of personal decisions. But ignoring the advice of medical professionals and decades of research based on the opinions of vocal idiots doesn’t just hurt your kid- you can expose a bunch of other people to sickness, too.
* I’m not sure if there actually is a crazyhippymomma.com anywhere. I don’t want to offend hippies, crazy or other wise. I myself, as a cloth diapering momma, could be considered a crazy hippy, so please don’t be offended hippy mommas!