>> Monday, June 8, 2009
Quadmama asked: Occasionally when I take my daughters to day care there is a sign posted saying some of the children have not been vaccinated. What risk does this pose to my children? Who is at a bigger risk in this situation: the unvaccinated kids or the vaccinated ones? I'm not trying to start a to-vaccinate-or-not debate, but I am curious about what all this means.
As I've mentioned before, I'm not a doctor and I knew, as big a topic as this is, that it needed an expert hand. I looked on Wikipedia on this, of course, but I didn't think it was good enough (though compelling in explaining why vaccinations are so damned important). I wanted an expert opinion damn it. Fortunately, I knew one. I contacted The Mother over on The Mother's Handbook and asked her to do a guest post for me. Fortunately for all of us, she complied. Without even calling me names.
She told me I could tone this down, but I'm not going to. I'll be frank. I look on those that think vaccinations haven't changed drastically (and for the better) the health of our children the same way I look at the Moon Hoax crowd. History is, in my opinion, unequivocal on this and, if you think simple childhood maladies can't kill, you don't know your history. My husband nearly died with chicken pox which manifested in his lungs. And he was born in 1983. I'm at a loss to understand parents who are willing to unnecessarily subject their children to disease. I'm not objective. To be honest, I don't know how you can know anything about science OR history and be so. Without more ado, here's The Mother.
Stephanie has asked me to field this question for her, being as she's a rocket scientist, and doesn't even play a doctor on TV. And I'm happy to do so, since I'm on record all over the blogosphere on this topic.