Sarah - posted on 03/29/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )
I'm just curious for the anti-vaccine advocates. If your child contracted Polio and ended up unable to walk, or chicken pox or rubella and you were pregnant and that baby was born brain damaged because you were exposed, or meningitis and died, etc.; would you feel you still made the right decision to NOT vaccinate your child? Is it a decision you could live with if you knew that you could have prevented it? Or, do you feel uneducated or uninformed about these illnesses? Do you feel that if you rely on herd immunity for your child that that is enough protection (though herd immunity is falling)?
I ask this not out of attacking anyone at all, so please look at this question objectively. I am just curious because for me, the answer was no. I vaccinated my children because I felt the risks of the disease were greater than the risks of the illness. I just would like some insight into how people come to this decision as "the best one for their child" when the benefits of vaccines seem to far outweigh the risks. Now, I'm not saying EVERY child should be vaccinated, obviously any personal or family history of vaccine reactions they shouldn't, but that's why the rest of people should to help protect those who can't. I guess I'm just really curious the rationale behind someone's decision to not vaccinate and if these above questions they considered. Thanks all. Please keep this nice and don't attack me, I'm just curious and would love to see another side to the debate.