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The Mommy Wars: Round Eight: Vaccinations

Updated on February 7, 2014

What This Battle Is About

Vaccinations - For the purposes of this survey, the act of inoculation: taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease, giving a vaccination to a child, including a 'delayed schedule' vaccination arrangement.

Non-Vaccinations - This survey explores the opinion of anti-vaccination of children.

Conclusion of the Survey

The results of this particular battle between vaccinating and not vaccinating your child is by and far the most judgmental battle of the bunch in the small battles in the Mommy Wars. Far and wide, the votes for vaccination are overwhelmingly in the 'for column' and it would seem that there are very strong feelings about those who do not vaccinate their children.

There is really no way to gauge the pros and cons on this particular battle because in the end, there are no real comparisons. Regardless of the media and mainstream opinion on the matter, it seems - according to a small sampling of 100 people in this survey, there is nearly no one who is agreeable to not vaccinating their children.

In fact, most comments in the survey were so very negative towards those who do not vaccinate and derogatory terms have been flung at the opposition of vaccinations with such force that it's a little daunting to read some of them.

The conclusion to this survey on the subject shows that the data speak for itself. 2 out of 100 people were against vaccinations. Those who were for vaccinations were equally for making sure that anti-vaccination parents were aware that they are terrible parents and horrible human beings threatening the community with their non-vaccinated kids.

There are no words minced or held back in this battle. This was the most heated battle I experienced in this project. There was no compassion or grey area expressed in this battle. It was a clear black and white and it was able to bring out the fighting words in people.

Weigh In On The Debate!

Do You Vaccinate Your Kids or Not?

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Pros and Cons of Vaccinating

PROS:

  • The main advantage to vaccinations for kids is to help them fight diseases that may hurt or kill them. Diseases such as mumps, rubella and whooping cough once killed thousands of people a year before vaccinations were found to prevent these diseases.
  • Vaccinating your child helps the community to be healthy as well. Childhood vaccinations in the U.S. prevent about 10.5 million cases of infectious illness and 33,000 deaths per year. This means that when you give your child a vaccination, it is said to also help keep the diseases that may be deadly to other children and people in the community at bay.
  • Vaccinations can also help the economy. They may be attributed to producing significant economic benefits for society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every $1 spent on vaccination can show a direct correlation to saving the public $6.30 in medical costs that result from having to treat diseased individuals who opted not to get the vaccination to prevent said disease.

CONS:

  • There are reported side effects of vaccinations that can, in some rare cases, cause detriment to the baby. Some of the side effects of vaccinations would be considered mild, such as fever, sore muscles, joint pain. In some rare cases, vaccines have been known to cause more serious effects such as allergic reactions resulting in anaphylactic shock, paralysis, and sudden death.
  • Some vaccines have been attributed to a possible correlation between the vaccine and disorders associated with brain inflammation. Some studies suggest diseases and disorders such as ADHD, Autism, and the possibility of SIDS related deaths in babies and children can be, possibly but not completed confirmed with scientific studies, a result of children who may get vaccines.
  • It is another thought that vaccines are primarily promoted and marketed to scared families to make money. The proof would be pointed to the amounts of millions of dollars that the American Academy of Pediatrics receive in support for vaccination research and endorsements in furthering more awareness for vaccinations.

Pros and Cons of Not Vaccinating

PROS:

  • Some religious preferences may make this option an advantage for children. Religious preference is waived in the 'need to vaccine' motions in some states in the United States as well, freedom of religion is very much a part of the American Dream.
  • Not vaccinating your child does save them from having to go through the 'trauma' of a needle-stick. This may help alleviate later phobias of needles or sharp objects as a result of vaccinations.
  • When you don't vaccinate your child, you are able to exercise your right to choose and you are are able to have that individual decision for your child and your family. This is a right given to everyone and it is something that if you feel like you should exercise you are positively able to do that.

CONS:

  • Not vaccinating your child can cost you and your family more money in the long run. It is possible that when your child does become ill, there will be more serious issues at play and your medical expenses can be more than those who may have vaccine-preventable diseases kept at bay.
  • The biggest negative to not vaccinating is the backlash a parent can get when it is known that they don't vaccinate. This particular choice, while it is their right to choose, can bring a parent and children involved quite a bit of judgement. The judgement is very negative on the self esteem of the child and can bring out ugly attitudes from both sides, leaving the non-vaccinating parent feeling attacked.

Comments From Both Sides

  • "There's a reason why we don't attend baby funerals anymore and it is because of vaccinations. Non-vaccinators are a menace to society. And by validating that it's a choice by offering the option in a survey makes the problem worse."
  • "I have low tolerance for non vaccination. I have adopted a wait and see stance on some newer vaccinations, for instance chicken pox. I will get it for my children if they get to a certain age without contracting it. There's no point in arguing because anti vaccinators aren't swayed by reason and have already emotionally made up their minds."
  • "I am a scientist and I understand vaccination, there is absolutely no reason not to vaccinate your children. Refusing to do so is, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous and irresponsible decisions one can make not just for their own child but for the larger community in general."
  • "I vaccinate because I'm not some asshole who got my degree from the university of Google. I have some trust in experts, and respect the social contract. Also, I love my kids and respect yours enough to not endanger them out of my own selfishness."
  • "I vaccinated my child because I don't hate my child."
  • "Delayed schedule as my wife's family has a history of severe brain damage occurring shortly after vaccines. The link between "autism" and vaccines has been debunked, but it doesn't have to be called "autism" to still destroy your child's life. 3 dead babies and 1 life destroyed (and ended early) due to brain damage in our family has lead us to delay all vaccines until the age of 3 for our children."
  • "No contest. Vaccinations are essential. I have a very hard time not judging people who don't vaccinate. I don't understand it."

**As a side note, I don't seem to have any comments from the non-vaccinating responses. So as much as I would like to put their voice to this battle, I have none to give you.**

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    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      4 years ago from KC, MO

      And yet this is really a hub series regarding parenting choices, that while there may be 'scientific studies' there are many people who choose and can do so without much hubbub. The poll is mostly to get inside the head of those who are on either side - no amount of science logic will reason with people in some of these debates. Thanks for reading and commenting @smartandfun! :)

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      SmartAndFun 

      4 years ago

      It's admirable that you are presenting both sides of the issue, but proven scientific findings are not opinions. One side has the evidence of scientific studies behind it, while the other has only opinions and scare tactics.

    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      4 years ago from KC, MO

      @kstar - you are absolutely entitled to your opinion, there are others in the opposite camp of this battle that feel differently. In an effort to keep this unbiased, I only took into account the opinions and thoughts of both sides. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment and share your own insight on the topic.

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      Kstar 

      4 years ago

      Vaccines have absolutely NOTHING to do with autism. That needs to be made clear.

    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      4 years ago from KC, MO

      @VVanNess - thanks for weighing in with your opinion! You definitely have great points.

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I realize that vaccinations are kind of scary, but they're there for a reason. Without vaccinations we would still be dealing with rubella, smallpox, polio, measles, yellow fever, malaria, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, tetanus, and diphtheria; old diseases that old killed thousands upon thousands of people at one point.

      I personally wouldn't get many of the more recent ones like flu shots and the chicken pox vaccine, but I would just bite the bullet with the others, if only to protect my children.

    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      4 years ago from KC, MO

      @smartandfun - I appreciate your insight in the battle. However, since there are chances of dying on both sides of this battle, whether large or small, frequent or rare, it was not the type of pro and con I was looking for. I agree with your assessment on vaccines, I'm in the vaccination corner on this one, however, in the interest of making this as unbiased as I possibly could (which was hard since the majority overwhelmed) it was not a choice I made for this particular section.

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      SmartAndFun 

      4 years ago from Texas

      I do not agree that the "The biggest negative to not vaccinating is the backlash a parent can get..." Feeling attacked due to backlash is nothing compared to your child dying.

      The biggest negative is that a parent who chooses not to vaccinate is leaving their child vulnerable to deadly diseases, and helping to destroy the herd immunity, which protects people with medical problems who are unable to be vaccinated.

      Vaccines are not perfect, but they are much less of a risk than the deadly diseases they prevent.

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