Over the past few days, I’ve encountered several folks asking about vaccines and what other families have done.
Having children with special needs, this topic is one that hits home with us. Do we or don’t we?
First off, I want to make it clear that I believe this is a very personal decision that each family needs to make. Do as much reading and research as you can. Talk to other Mamas. Talk to your child’s care providers (whether that’s a Pediatrician, Family Doc, Naturopath, Osteopath, even Chiropractor). Pray about it (actually do this one first).
I devoted several weeks to reading anything I could regarding both sides of the argument. I read books that were pro-vaccines and books that were against. To be honest, both extreme views left me feeling as though the reader was ridiculous and irresponsible if he or she didn’t agree with the author’s POV. Either way, the parent couldn’t win.
And the tone didn’t seem to change.
I didn’t want to be told what to do or to be guilted or scared into making a decision, but rather wanted information so I could make the best decision for my child.
Parents, in general, want to do what’s best for their children, and I don’t think that any decision in their child’s health care should be taken lightly. Whenever I hear the “You’re irresponsible” argument from either side of the fence, it saddens me.
Until you’re the Mama who watched an ambulance carry away her 12 month old son because of seizures after receiving his shots or the Mama who buried her little boy after complications with Hep A, or the Mama who watched her once typically developing son disconnect from the world around him, you can’t understand the guilt they deal with every day.
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