My 7 and a half year old would rather have shots than deal with the possibility of getting itchy, rashy illnesses again, he says. He had rubella a few months ago and CP a few years ago.
You know, everyone tells you your kids will do the exact opposite of what you try to do for them and he we are.
I want to explain it to him. I guess I do want him to have the right to choose. Yes, I believe he is old enough (I remember feeling like it should have been my decision when I was given a tetanus booster and nobody listened to me, but they did listen to me about no hep b - but mostly because it was brand new and my parents were thankfully unconvinced).
I thought for sure the lore of the horror of getting shots would make them feel lucky. I didn't think I would have to explain that there are side-effects, unknown consequences to his future health (autoimmune disease in immediate family jumps to the front of the line) and the evils of big pharma.
If it comes up again, I'm not sure how far to take it. I won't tell him he can't have the vaccine, but I really don't want him to. Specifically, he doesn't want measles. There are no outbreaks here, but his friends and homeschool co-op is largely unvaccinated. But, we live on the edge of the earth.
I really feel it's more dangerous to have the vaccine than a case of the measles.
Actually, maybe the shaman could give him something to make him feel protected. Hadn't thought of that.
Has anyone ever dealt with this before?