posted on Nov, 19 2015 @ 08:12 PM
This is my personal account of living as a wholly unvaccinated woman. Not meant to spark a huge debate about the possible links between vaccinations
and horrible side effects or possible vaccination-tampering or what have you. Just thought I could provide an interesting point of view that presents
a third position you may not have considered.
When I was born, my parents had to go through a lot of paperwork to be able to keep me from being vaccinated, and that was their choice. The
government was very reluctant to allow this, and since then they have stopped allowing these special cases--from what I have heard. (Please feel free
to verify this and left me know.) Growing up, I never thought much of it. People would get shots at school sometimes, and I didn't. It was never a
When I got older, people started to question why I didn't get my shots. I trusted that my parents had made the right decision and payed these people
little mind. In high school there were kids who hadn't gotten certain shots updated, and were given notices that they would be unable to return to
the school until they had received their shots. People would ask me why I wasn't also barred from attending. Because of the paperwork my parents had
filed with the government, I was only to be sent home in the case of an outbreak. It seemed to me that people were becoming less understanding and
accepting of my parents' alternative standpoint. People would ask me why I didn't get them later when I was no longer a baby, or ask me how on earth
my parents could be so inconsiderate of my well-being. They didn't realize that insulting my parents was also an insult to me. Concerned, I
approached my then-biology teacher and asked her about my chances of contracting one of these vaccinated diseases. She told me the many outweighed the
few, and that getting sick was a remote possibility if I stayed in regions where the diseases were rare/eradicated and vaccines were prevalent,
because so few people could be carrying it. This assuaged my concern.
Now I am caught in the middle of a war I do not fight. On one side, anti-vaxxers would have me be their hero. I am fully healthy and have never had a
major health issue. In fact, I was often more healthy compared to others--I've never had pneumonia or bronchitis, both very common here. I did have
what was probably H1N1 when the big scare happened a while back, and while I was out of commission for a week, being a near-zombie in bed, my vitals
were never at alarming levels. It was like any other flu--something I haven't had since being a young child. To anti-vaxxers, I am a success story,
proof that you don't need vaccines to survive.
On the other side, I am constantly attacked for being unvaccinated. People try to tell me I am somehow in the wrong, even though it was my parents'
decision. They tell me it's sick that I want their children to die of horrible, preventable diseases (which is not true). They want me to feel
shameful and dirty and unreasonable. That I am the reason we can't have nice things, as it were. I am seeing more and more almost-attack ads aimed at
anti-vaxxers that do make me feel lowly.
It is unfair, on both sides, to force me into a position. I do not have strong feelings on vaccines. I resent the fact that people use me and my story
to their own end, and I resent that people make me feel such unpleasant things. I do not plan on ever getting any vaccines, and I do not plan on
having children, so the issue isn't really a concern to me--beyond how I am being used. This is my life, and I am living it as I see fit. Being
vaccinated or unvaccinated does not define who we are.
Yes, I recognize that not everyone who has an opinion on the subject all think and act the same. My goal is not to make anyone on either side feel bad
if they are not like those that I have described. I simply ask that you respect the people out there like me. Let us tell our own stories. Thank you.