Originally Posted by kathymuggle
This is a bit of a spin off from a conversation on the "do no harm" thread.
Tea, I am one of the people who is switching over to pro-compliance and here is why:
The term pro-vax is too sweeping for me. It can mean everything from "I think vaccines are great and I am going to get them for my kids…to almost everyone in my country should be on the schedule and I am behind drastic means to make this happens"
I genuinely have no problems with anyone who looks at the issues and decides to vax. Indeed, I respect it. I believe, very much, in informed consent which includes the decision to consent.
So, in short I don't want to throw those who think vaccination is the correct personal decision for them in with those who think unvaccinated children should be evicted from schools, parents should face negligence charges, etc.
Thanks for making the thread.
Sure, a person who is "pro vaccine" might be in favor of mandatory vaccination for all children, but I should think most people understand that there is a range.
A person who considers themselves pro breastfeeding doesn't necessarily mean that they want to ban all formula and are in favor of passing laws that force women to breast feed. I would never think that someone who identified as pro breastfeeding automatically felt that way. Are there some? sure. Fairly recently Gisele (the supermodel) made statements that she thought it should be a mandatory law that women breast feed for at least the first year after giving birth, or something along those lines.
Ditto being pro cloth diapering, or pro baby led weaning, or pro co sleeping, baby wearing etc etc. I just assume that person means that, for them (or they may even think that for most children), the benefits outweigh the cons/risks. I do not take those terms to mean that they think parents should be forced into these parenting decisions. But like I said, there are of course going to be extremes on almost any position.
Edit to add: The reason I don't like "pro-compliance" is because it comes across as sounding as though we are only doing it because people are telling us it's best. Like we aren't making a conscientious decision on the matter. Even if my child went to a school where it was easy to file an exemption I would still vaccinate. In my state it's actually extremely easy to get exemptions for vaccines. It allows religious, medical, and philosophical exemptions. There is no pressure in that sense to vaccinate him. Even if my pediatrician was lax on vaccines, I would still choose them for my son.
I do think that pro-compliance is lumping us in with parents who never look into it and just do what the doctor tells them. Which is fine, honestly. They are following their pediatrician's advice on the matter. I do not think that the regular pro vaccine posters on this forum fall into that category, though. And I think the term discounts the usually very well informed opinions/posts on the matter by those of us on the pro-vaccine side of the issue on this forum.
Edited by teacozy - 2/6/14 at 7:31pm