Have kids? Get them immunized!

A couple of months ago I received an email from one of my kids’ schools informing me that a case of Whooping cough had been confirmed. Then I remembered the measles scare back in February and how as a public school employee, I had to provide proof of immunization or be suspended from teaching. I have to wonder, were either of these incidents caused by individuals who’d never been immunized?

I already know this is going to honk some people off, but I’m going to say it anyway: Parents who don’t vaccinate/immunize their children are idiots. And worse than being stupid, they are acting selfishly. Not only are these moms and dads playing Russian roulette with the health of their own kids, but they are putting mine at risk, especially when these children are allowed to attend public schools.

I’m sorry, but if you are going to take advantage of public education, than you should be forced to comply with the health laws of the state and community. No conscientious or religious objections allowed. If you want to take a chance on your child contracting mumps or rubella, go for it. I don’t agree with you, but I support your constitutional rights to decide on the wellbeing of your own kids. But I will also fight tooth and nail to have your family banned from public schools so that your decisions don’t endanger my family.

“But Danielle, what about autism? Don’t vaccines cause autism?” No, they do not. The CDC, theAmericanAcademy of Pediatrics, and a slew of other organizations have each reviewed the evidence and found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

“But Danielle, I don’t have health insurance. I can’t afford immunizations.” County health departments offer free and low-cost clinics to all residents. You might have to wait in line, but they’ll get it done.

“But Danielle, I don’t want to risk a fatal reaction to the vaccine.” But you’re willing to risk your child contracting tetanus? Fine. Homeschool or pay for private.

“But Danielle, my religion is against medical intervention.” Good for you. See above.

Could this year’s measles and pertussis cases been flukes? Yes. Even vaccinated people can sometimes become ill. But with the number of non-immunized children growing every day, it can’t be long before these diseases and others begin to occur with some frequency. And then we really will be in trouble. So please, if you have kids or are thinking of starting a family, don’t be an idiot. Get them immunized!

Peace out.

  • Danielle as a proud parent with an autistic child I take great offense to your article. Referring to me as an idiot for raising awareness around vaccine safety and providing alternatives to the current vaccine schedule recommended by the CDC. Your article is very reckless to make readers not aware that there are alternatives to vaccinating our children:
    http://children.webmd.com/vaccines/features/robert-sears-alternative-vaccine-schedule
    In closing I would like for you to post a column to apologize to those who have concerns regarding vaccinations and more importantly do your job as a journalist to understand/research topics and view them from the framework and perspectives of all readers. Sincerely, Carlos J. Gonzalez, Carmel, Indiana

  • Why are you do worried about unvaccinated children infecting your vaccinated child? If vaccines work like they should and you have faith in their protection then you shouldn’t worry because well your child is well “immune”

  • Inform yourself before you spout idiotic opinions in a public forum. We stopped giving our son unneeded vaccines when he was 4. Look up what it means to have your child’s titers tested. I’m betting you’ve never heard of that before. If you did, then or wouldn’t be referring to the people that know what a titer is and for that reason choose to not have the kids injected with unneeded poisons into their bodies as idiots.

    http://drtenpenny.com/titer-tests/

    Don’t attack people that are in the minority as idiots. It is these people that change the world for the better. If we all took what the majority believes at face, then things never change. The world was once flat. Remember that.