a reply to: PizzaAnyday505
Well I won't even get into the Autism link or anything else,I will just stick to the issue of whether to vaccinate or not.Having had both types of
Measles,(yes I'm that old) here is some more food for thought:yes,you CAN still get the Measles though vaccinated, a percentage of people do.But they
are only talking about kids when they start quoting statistics,such as in the article about Disneyland.
Now here is something to think about,if you get your vaccines as a child and are protected,this does NOT guarantee life long protection like having
had the virus. In a few small cases,it is even possible to get it again as an adult if you had a mild case as a child!
The danger in this that parents knew back then was,as an adult,you may be able to fight it off better,but it can make you sterile or harm the baby if
you are pregnant. Therefore parents, once a child in the neighborhood had contracted one of the childhood diseases would PURPOSELY go and let their
kids play with that child so their kids would get it then and there and get it over with,rather than chance them getting it as an adult.
I know,it sounds crazy that you would purposely let you child's immune system do its job,but there you have it. Both of my sons were vaccinated as
kids,my older son ended up getting Measles as an adult in his 20s. It is the fever that does the damage.
Way back in the day before people ran their kids to the hospital for any and everything,since hospitals weren't that available anyway,your mother had
to know how to deal with the childhood diseases.I will explain it as it was explained to me,since I did almost have a major issue with it,but please
remember I am using the terminology from that time period.
I broke out with Measles thanks to my older sister bringing them home from school.I was only about 3 at the time. I had the rash and the fever,the
usual.Then suddenly the rash disappeared. My mother knew this wasn't right,since I hadn't even had the rash as long as my sister had,so she called
HER mother and told her what was up. My grandmother told her that the Measles "had gone back in" and that was when it was dangerous.That I was to be
bundled up immediately to let my fever rise and the rash come back out. Either that or it would do its damage internally. So my mother bundled me up
in the middle of summer in a snowsuit from head to toe and left me sitting on the couch crying. She looked like she could have cried herself. I just
vaguely remember it. Finally my fever came back and the Measles came back out and she could finally take that suit off of me. From there I just ran
them as normal.
Now is it easy to be critical of those parents that refuse to vaccinate their kids because they are worried about their kids having a bad reaction and
ending up with brain damage. And I'm not going to sit here and tell anyone not to get their kids vaccinated or to get them. What I am going to say
is,any and all medical procedures have risks. And when it is your child,you as the parent have to weigh those risks out. You can only go by all the
info you have gathered and hope you make the right decision FOR YOUR CHILD. Everyone is not the same,and as statistics show,not everyone will react
the same to something,therefore each parent has to weigh this out. But not for all the money in the world,would you want to make a decision to do
something for your kid,and then it backfires and your child ends up with brain damage. You would never be able to forgive yourself for that. And every
time you look at that child,you WOULD be reminded of that fact.
Now it was common when I was a kid to give baby aspirin when kids ran a fever for childhood diseases,and then later on when they got the shots for it.
Now days that is a big no no. You chance having your child damaged like that as well. Most kids would be fine taking the aspirin,but do you want to
chance it if your kid is that % that ends up with brain damage? I think not.
There are no easy answers to this. I know that those that vaccinate would like to think so,but you may be only postponing your child getting the
disease anyway. Nothing is infallible. You go with what you know. For those that have children that have compromised immune systems,I can only tell
you what I did with my youngest that had that issue with his asthma. He was limited in who he had contact with as a child. The repercussions of him
getting sick were too severe.I almost lost him twice before he hit his teens,he had it that bad.
We need to get out of this mindset that we can bubble wrap the world so we are safe. There is no such thing. Even mother nature in all her beauty is
not benign. Life and death play out all the time, and a lot of times its just not fair.But that is part and parcel of our world. With this bubble
wrapping comes the idea of SOMEONE somewhere is responsible for anything that happens. It is never things just happen in the world. There always seems
to be someone wanting to place blame and sue for any and everything. How sad.