on vaccinationsAugust 7, 2008
Given the recent upswing in the Anti-vaccination movement, I figured it would be a good idea to add one more hit to the blogosphere about it, give my personal story and give a helpful link or two. Okay, one link. Anyway.
When I was two or three, I spent a good many days at my great-grandfather’s house. He had polio. He lived to be in his 80s, but he still hadn’t walked on his own in decades. That in and off itself is a bit disheartening, but here is the kicker: because I was vaccinated, my family didn’t have to worry about me becoming infected as a young child.
I lived in a children’s home during my early life, where my father worked. There were many kids there that were not vaccinated for several things, but I didn’t need to worry about that, nor did my baby brother, because we were vaccinated as scheduled. Same applies for going to school in a low socio-economic area. Some kids just didn’t get their vaccinations, no matter how hard the schools locked them out for not getting them. We were safe.
When I was in high school, a friend of mine got meningitis that put him in the hospital for months, where he lost some brain matter. When I got to college, I got vaccinated, as they told me living in the dorms doubled my chances for getting that horrible and life-altering disease.
My brother, who got chickenpox when he was very young, contracted shingles last year. It wasn’t the worst for him, but it did affect his life pretty bad. He was in constant pain while trying to help his pregnant girlfriend get around and take care of their baby-to-be.
My point? Get vaccinated. Herd immunity is too fragile of a thing with the recent scare of kooks out there. If only a couple hundred thousand people (mere percents of the US population) don’t get vaccinated this year, it could break our immunity as a country. Kids are already dying because of this recent scare. Don’t give into the hype that vaccinations cause autism. It’s junk, and in some places, its the law. And the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to help straighten out the mess.