Here's an analogy that makes sense to me: I am not in favor of the death penalty, not because I don't think there are crimes that can be appropriately punished by death, but because I don't trust our flawed system to implement it fairly, and the stakes are too high for mistakes to be acceptable. Likewise, I am not in favor of vaccines (for my family, specifically) not because I don't like the concept of vaccination, but because I don't trust the delivery (components, potential reactions, etc), and the stakes are too high (my children's health) for me to take that risk. I am not "anti vax" if you are talking about the abstract idea of vaccination- I honestly don't understand the different theories of how our immune systems work and develop well enough to make that declaration. I am, however, firmly against injecting vaccines into my children or myself at this time, and will remain so until such time as my safety concerns are adequately addressed.
This is a great analogy!!! I'm going to have to use it the next time I need a good one in a vax discussion. Very succinctly and well put!
Nope - neither anti nor pro.
However, everytime some pro-vaxer implies that those who aren't convinced about vaxes as ignoramuses who put others at risk so they can leech on others for herd immunity because they're uneducated, unscientific, non-evidence-based crackpots who cannot possibly have any pertinent questions and even if their kids are vax-injured they're making it up because vax injuries are so rare so they're blaming vaxes because, you see, they're ignoramuses who put others at risk ... ad nauseam - I'm inching closer to be anti-vax, or rather, anti pro-vax ...
But, then again, I don't care what faction to belong to - it's about my kids ... And, with regards to other parents, I respect their vax decision no matter what.
This. I am pro-parental choice. We have friends from all over the spectrum, vaxxing, delayed vaxxing, partial vaxxing, and non vaxxing. And I respect each of those women to know what is best for their children, just like I hope everyone else will respect my husband and I for knowing what is best for our children. And informed choice too, I'm for that also. I think as long as a parent has adequately weighed the risks vs. benefits and answere dthat *for themselves* who am I to question that?