My non-vaxed son is one year old on Sunday. He's never even had a cold. Twice in his life he got stuffy when we were staying at my sister-in-laws, and that cleared as soon as we left. He's also traveled everywhere with me. We were out of the house with him at one week, and did bi-weekly long-weekend trips up and down the East Coast so that I could attend work-related conferences, meetings and classes. We could do all this because, as a licensed health provider, I prioritize building a healthy natural immune system and as a result, our family rarely gets sick anymore, and when we do - we recover quicker than others around us.
A friend with a month old baby just posted to FB her sob story about how hard it is being a new mom when her family goes out without her because she can't leave the house until the baby gets her 2 month shots. A friend of hers responded "Good job not being selfish and exposing!"
I could ignore the sob story, but I keep having to hold myself back from commenting on the "selfish" post. I didn't willy nilly expose my child to the world because I was selfish. I work very hard to keep our family's immune systems strong, giving up many enjoyable foods and activities that harm the immune system, exclusively breast feeding despite being a working mom, prioritizing exercise, taking the time and money to purchase the best, organic or pasture raised foods - doing things that this woman probably wouldn't make the effort to do for a single week, much less as a lifestyle life-long commitment to health.
I'd like to say something such as "vaccinations are one of many options to protect against the spread of disease, not the only option." But it is probably best that i just leave this alone.
Thanks for listening. This forum is very comforting to me at times when I feel very alone in our health care choices.
* Edited to add that I'm not questioning my friend's choice -- it is her decision and I totally respect that. I am disappointed in her very public complaint / whine about the choice she has made, and the following insult from her friend that parents who make an informed decision to do otherwise are being "selfish".
Edited by kesrya - 2/8/12 at 8:10am