I have sat quietly watching the current, inflamed debate over childhood vaccinations. I’m a serious conflict-avoider. I won’t get into that discussion now, as I don’t particularly feel like being chewed up and spit back out. I have my own personal soap box based upon our experiences in the NICU. Suffice it to say, my children are all vaccinated (please, no blasting me for “filling my kids with chemicals”…..I’ve seen the alternatives via our three-month NICU stay, and watching your child on life support for months, then knowing he is medically fragile for years following will affect the way you see things).
There was a story on our local news last night of a mom complaining her unvaccinated child was losing friends, having people cancel play dates, etc. Our area has suffered some fallout from the Disneyland measles outbreak. I got fired up as the story gave background on the measles, the vaccination discussion, and then proceeded to the interview with the mom. I will allow parents have the choice – for this post anyways – but I also have a choice. And guess what? The health and safety of my children trumps any parent’s need for their unvaccinated child to have a play date. There you have it. I’m sorry your kid is sad. I’m sorry you’re feeling alienated. But I won’t risk my child’s health. I simply won’t do it.
I have two children with asthma – one resulting from being born entirely too soon, and one genetically so. They are high risk when regular stuff is going around such as the flu and strep. When measles or chicken pox start rolling through school, I freak out. So you can bet if your child isn’t vaccinated when there’s an outbreak, my kid will not be hanging with your kid.
I’m not blasting people who don’t vaccinate. Do what you think is best for your family. But allow me my choice for my family, knowing that choice might put a temporary hiatus to our kids’ play time together.