Originally Posted by ammiga
I find the whole argument that people should vaccinate for those who have compromised immune systems odd. In my experience, the same families who spit out that argument have no problem bringing kids with runny noses places because it's considered "normal". Since they have runny noses more often than not, and would have the measles for a few days and be done for life, I just don't find this to be a compelling argument in the slightest. Maybe your family deals with runny noses differently, but most do not. Just look around the mall or playground.
That's an odd arguement. Most children are not immune compromised, so many snotty nosed kids on the playground are NOT immune compromised...they are just sick.
I for one DO keep my child home when she's sick, because well, not only could she spread her illness (which, like I said is about 2 weeks of every month...so we spend a lot of time working around her illnesses), but she can also get even sicker when fighting off an illness. And most parents of truly immune compromised children know that. I don't know anyone with an immune compromised kid, on here or in real life, who brings that IC child out to playgroups sick "because it is normal". IC is IC for a reason--usually that *one* illness is already hard enough to fight off without risking a secondary infection.
I'm not really sure that most people truly grasp what immune compromised is. It means your child can NOT create the antibodies that make the measles "just an inconvience" for an average kid. It means that a common cold can put her on a respirator fighting for her life. It doesn't mean she is in bed with an upset tummy for a couple days and then she's fine for life...it means she's projectile vomiting so much that she's vomiting up bile several times a month, losing weight, damaging her throat, and risking dehydration. Lather, rinse, repeat several times a year. It doesn't mean "snot nosed kid on the playground for a week out of every year"...if an IC kid is anything like mine, she is sick for 7 days straight, hardly able to breathe, because someone who came to church sick coughed in the same room as her. (And yeah, that happened...some lady said "oh, don't worry, he's not contagious." as her preteen coughed a very wet cough within feet of my daughter...who got sick 3 days later with the exact same thing, only it lasted a lot longer.
So, it seems like many people don't really have a grasp as to what IC is. It's not the runny nosed kids that you see on the playground. It's the kids who can't really go to the playground because they're always sick.