Every time I watch the news or read a feed online, I hear about this measles epidemic. I had both the measles and German measles when I was young. So did my husband. So, we’re immune to the virus. My kids were all given the MMR shots as part of their immunization process. My little grands were also inoculated. None of us is at risk, so why do I let myself be concerned? I think it’s because it annoys me that people allow the spread of the disease to go on. I want to scream, “Get vaccinated and get your kids vaccinated.”
Yes, I know, that’s just my opinion, but I’m sticking to it. Those parents who refuse the immunizations are what I like to call ‘wrong!’ The whole issue of the safety of the vaccine has been debunked over and over by experts. So what makes these parents think they know better? The research has proven that the serum cannot cause autism. I remember my daughter doing a paper on it in college, and she looked at the issue from both sides. Research won out, though.
When I was a principal, it was mandatory that children be vaccinated or they couldn’t be enrolled. One family tried to fight me on it, citing examples of the serum coming from aborted fetuses. The pope himself decreed that this was false, but the family kept pushing. They went over my head to the pastor who came to see me about it. I wouldn’t budge, though, and he accepted my decision. The family called the diocese and were rebuffed by them as well. They smeared my name all over, even putting an article in the paper about unfair it was. I stood my ground – get vaccinated or do not enroll. They ended up going to the local public school and claimed religious belief for an exemption.
Measles can be a serious illness. I only remember being sequestered in my room and given treats, but I know I was covered head to toe with a rash and I was feverish and tired. I know that if the disease gets really bad, children – and adults – can even die from it. That’s why I just can’t understand when parents won’t get their child vaccinated!
Our illustrious governor (tongue firmly planted in cheek,) said he believes that parents should have the right to choose. It’s true I despise that arrogant bully, but this time he went too far. By condoning this practice, he opened the door for still more people to refuse the vaccine. It scares me to think of how many parents were influenced by his statement.
So, where do you stand? Should it be a rule that all children and many adults get immunized? Or, do you believe that parents should have the right to refuse it for their children? I’d like to hear opinions.