My heart is super heavy today… It’s a sad day for a lot of parents here in California. SB 277 was signed into law, which means any school age child going to private school, public school, day care, home daycare or whatever must have vaccines by July 1, 2016. I’m in shock… How did this happen? The land of the free. Well, not anymore. Parents no longer have the choice to opt out of vaccines for their children if they are attending school…
It’s not that I am 100% anti vaccines, if you want to do it, do it. But we shouldn’t be forced to. Mila received a few when she was a baby because we told it was the best decision by our pediatrician. Right after Mila became super sensitive to sound.. After taking to our own researched we decided to opted out of anymore. I wish I was more educated from the beginning and saved her from having any. As new young parents we tend to trust our doctors, but the truth is we need to trust ourselves. We need to do our own research, and we need to demand a list of ingredients for anything that goes into our child’s bodies. I remember asking our old pediatrician for a list of ingredients to a vaccine she was trying to get us to give Mila and she said “We don’t have that, maybe I can google something and find it.” What? Google something? You, as a doctor are trying to inject my child with something, but you don’t even know what is in it? And you are telling us it’s 100% safe, but you don’t know what it is? ugh. We switched pediatricians, of course.
For us, this law meas homeschooling. I will not be forced into doing something that I feel is unsafe for my kids. This is a decision Matt and I made after lots and lots of research. I’m ok with homeschooling. I’m blessed to have a husband that works his ass off to make sure I get to stay home with our kids, but what about the parents who don’t have this option? What about the single parents? This law is taking away our rights as parents, and that’s heartbreaking… Parents should be able do what they believe is right.
I keep hearing the argument that the unvaccinated children are putting other children at risk… But how so? If your child is vaccinated, shouldn’t they be protected? Isn’t that the point of vaccines? If your child is vaccinated against measles, then gets measles, it’s not the unvaccinated childs fault. It’s the vaccines fault.
When I was a child there we 10 recommend vaccines by the age 6, now there are 36 recommended vaccines by the age 6… This is crazy. You don’t need all 36 to got to school, but you are required to have 1)Diphtheria (2) Haemophilus influenzae type b (3) Measles (4) Mumps (5) Pertussis (whooping cough) (6) Poliomyelitis (7) Rubella (8) Tetanus (9) Hepatitis B (10) Varicella (chickenpox) (11) Any other disease deemed appropriate by the state Department of Public Health, taking into consideration the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. You can get medical exemption from your doctor if they see fit, but personal or religious beliefs no longer mean anything.
I’m upset. I know someone personally who lost her son right after his 6 month vaccines, will she now be forced to vaccinate her new baby?
We are the protectors of our children. We are the ones who need to be educated. We are the ones who need to be on the look out. We need to do what we feel is right.
Educate yourself and make an educated decision, whether you vaccinate or not, the choice is yours. Don’t be bullied into anything you are uncomfortable with. Unfortunately, bulling seems to be the business.