Originally Posted by freestylemama
Not everyone is able to get live vaccines and many sick people rely on healthy people to keep vaccine preventable diseases out of the environment. This is a very valid argument for concerned parents with children with compromised immune systems. One of DD's little friends is HIV+ and one of her babysitters has MS. They cannot get certain vaccines and rely on the rest of us to stay healthy. Having close relationships with a number of people who can't get vaccinated has really changed my perspective about vaccinating and is the reason why we're catching our DD up on everything. Sometimes it's not just about us.
I do understand your point of view and certainly respect your decision to try and protect others from harm by doing your part!!! I think a lack of compassion for others is one reason why our society is suffering so much today.
I do look at it a bit differently though. I don't want to compromise my child's health with vaccinations to protect everyone who is immune compromised. However, I do keep my child home during illness and myself to protect others. Also, it is the responsibility of the parents with immune compromised children to keep them as safe as possible. It always makes me mad when I go to a group and some kid comes in hacking and coughing and I don't even have an immune compromised child. I also want to protect my child from immune compromise by building his immune system through naturally occurring illnesses and not getting vaccinated, because that can cause long term immune issues in itself in my opinion. I personally feel I have been damaged from the vaccinations I received as an adult and working in health care.