We are in one of the counties that have reported cases of Measles here in Indiana following the super bowl. I think it's somewhere around 13-15 cases now. My daughter, who has low muscle tone and history of seizures up till 2 months old is not vaccinated at all. She got really sick that week with high fevers and cough. After the news broke about the outbreak in Indy I had a couple people tell me she must have Measles. She did not...she did have pneumonia though. She's only been on an antibiotic a couple times and this was one of them. She is thankfully on the mend and pretty much over it.
But what I'm really here to talk about is the level of panic right now around us and how it's making me feel. If you have a child who is not vaccinated then you are the devil and so is your child. Facebook, the news, overheard conversations at the grocery are scary. I can't believe how hateful people can be on this topic. Most people don't know of our vaccination status and I don't bring it up ever and if I'm asked outright I say we delay. Which we have...for years and will indefinitely.
I usually feel 100% confident in my decision not to vaccinate her. But right now I admit that I think I'm riding a bit on this fear...what if? She has been sick...what if she's weaker because of it and then contracts Measles and it is bad because of that? She starts back to dance class this week and I have been feeling nervous about that, feeling like I need to hide out till this blows over. I go back and forth on this.
We are lucky to have a holistic dr who I trust to help us care for her if she were to contract Measles or any other disease. I try to feed her a good diet, but she has some sensory issues that cut out a lot of food and we try to do vitamins and other supplements but that's when we can afford it. I guess I'm just questioning if I've done enough and worrying that I haven't.
I was on the CDC website earlier looking for information on the cases of measles last year and if those cases were vaccinated or not and how many deaths. I can't find it. Does anyone have a link to that?
I wanted to post it on a comment in a news article in the local paper where it's been stated that when outbreaks happen it's only non vaccinated people that get the disease. I know that's not true. Right now they are saying that all the people that have measles right now are not vaccinated. That may be, I don't know. The schools are making kids that are not up to date stay home. Most of the most hateful comments are from people who say they are vaccinated so they know they are safe, but are angry at the rest of us for putting them at risk...if they believe they are safe, then why be so hostile?
Thanks for reading, I'm tired and feel pretty scattered...hope I made sense.