This is more than a can of worms. It’s more like a raging war with arrows on fire, attached to bombs, launched from WWII canons.
The great vaccine debate is one that I honestly don’t usually engage in unless someone directly asks for my opinion. There is so much tension around the matter that I find myself afraid of saying what I think, for fear of being ripped apart. The anti-vaccine community has such strong opinions, and the pro-vaccine community is no different. The thoughts, opinions, and feelings that drive the communication between the two are far from healthy.
And honestly that is kind of sad. We should be able to talk about these things without losing relationship. We should be able to talk about these things without such great offense, and we should be able to agree to disagree.
So today, I am breaking through my fear and talking about it.
Should we vaccinate our babies?
Seriously, what a loaded question. It should be so simple, yet it feels heavy just typing it. But why? Because it’s just so controversial.
So what is the answer?
The answer is, if you have researched and feel confident in your decision to vaccinate, then you should vaccinate.
If you have researched and find that you are one hundred percent against vaccinating, then you should probably not vaccinate.
Y’all were probably looking for a more one-sided answer than that. Because most people that read articles about this are looking for a debate.
But that is where we stand. My husband and I always say we are not anti-vaccine. We are pro-knowledge. And we stand firm in that camp. We believe the single most important factor in our decision to vaccinate or not to vaccinate is our knowledge and awareness. We want to know all the pros and cons, and we want to know all the risks involved with either decision.
We want to know that no matter what happens, given our decision, that we made an informed decision and did so with the health and safety of our baby being our number one concern.
And as my good friend said, “we trust God way too much to fear the outcome of our decision,” (whatever the decision is).
There is so much at stake when it comes to vaccinations. There are so many articles and blog posts swaying parents in one direction or another, and so many of those articles are not researched or backed by evidence. Even so, they leave parents in a puddle of fear. Whether it’s an article about how vaccines are killing babies, or about how not vaccinating will leave your child with a disease, parents are scared to death.
We need to stop placing fear in the hearts of others, and let parents get their information from valid sources.
And we need to start respecting the decisions of parents. Whether we agree with them or not, it is not our responsibility to parent their children.