It's hard to explain my viewpoint, but when my friend who said people better vax their kids to protect hers, it sort of made me a little mad. Because to me, that's your lack of faith in the vaccines you're giving your kid to protect them.
I am all for havign your kids exposed to certain things, like my 'illnesses' because THAT builds up your immunity far better than a series of shots. I got ALL of my chicken pox vaccines, and guess what? Still had them. Why was I given somethin that obviously didn't work?
That's my point and even my mother said, well if I gave her these shots, why wasn't she protected against it.
It isn't a lack of faith, it's just an understanding of how vaccines work. No vaccine is 100 percent effective. Maybe my child is in that small percentage of children whose vaccine didn't take. Statistically it's not likely but it is possible. If diseases aren't circulating around then we don't have to test it.
Doesn't your example of your children getting chickenpox despite getting the vaccine illustrate this point exactly? Sometimes it just doesn't work. Even with "natural" infections the immunity doesn't always take. But to argue that the chickenpox vaccine hasn't worked in general is just not being in touch with reality. It is actually rare to see a child with chickenpox these days. That is such a huge difference even just from when I was a kid and I am only in my mid 20s. No increase in sanitation can be attributed to that, sorry.
"Furthermore, we as a race survived for a LONG time before vaccines were ever thought of."
We as a race survived a LONG time before we had running water, electricity, cars, plumbing, air conditioning, antibiotics, and anesthesia too. What's your point? you don't think these things improve our quality of life or lifespan? We are living over twice as long as we used to. Do we really want to go back to the days when people had 12-15 children in hopes that at least a few would survive into adulthood? Do we want to go back to the (not very distant) time when one grave was filled with 4 or 5 children all dead within a couple days from diptheria? Where getting a simple infection often meant death because there was no way to treat it? Where women died from "childbirth fever"? Where a child getting a compound fracture oftentimes meant death? Where there was a 30 percent chance that your child would die if they contracted smallpox? Where children lived in iron lungs or were crippled unable to walk from Polio? Does that seems like a better way to live?
Edited by teacozy - 11/18/13 at 9:48am