So, I came out of the non-vax closet about 2 years ago. Its was my dirty secret and it just got to be too much. Plus, I didn't want people to think I was ashamed of my choice. Definitely not. But EVER SINCE my husband and I have found that people who do vax are CONSTANTLY telling us things like this:
"Oh we just took our baby to their first check up and they got all their vaxes."
"Our baby has been screaming non-stop since his vaccines. The doctor said it was normal."
"I just got the typhoid shot and my arm is killing me."
Etc. Etc. Etc. What do they want to hear from us???? How do you guys handle annoying friends like this? Are they trying to ask us WHY we dont vaccinate, just do they can convince themselves of why they should? Or are they really concerned and looking for advice.
My best friend who is almost done pharmacy school keeps getting vaccines and doesnt bother READING about them. She knows how important this issue is for me and I feel like she is taunting me almost with her, "I just got this vaccine and Im having ___ reaction." First it was the flu shot... she got a terrible infection for months afterward (much worse than the flu) and swore she would never get that vax again. Now its the stupid typhoid fever vaccine ("because Im going to Mexico and its recommended, but I said no to the Hep A vaccine, thats a self-limiting illness anyways and doesnt even lead to Hep. I dont know why theres a vaccine for it.") and then she had a reaction where her whole arm is sore and shes complaining to me.
I sent her the link to the package insert, as well as VAERS results showing the risks of the vaccine. Then a link to the FDA stating that VAERS probably only has 1-10% of the actual events being reported to it. Its really hilarious that there is a vaccine. The risks of the vaccine FAR outweigh the minute chance of actually getting typhoid fever. Its just hilarious. And no one bothers looking into this stuff. Its terrifying. I mean, shes going to have an f-ing PharmD soon and she doesn't even know how to look this stuff up IN ADVANCE?
How do you guys handle this? Its incredibly annoying!!! It makes me want to have no friends that vax!! Too bad I dont know anyone who doesnt!!