It's my job to keep my kid safe, not to worry about everyone else. Especially when you consider that those who vax are assuming their kid is fully protected, yet they fail to realize their kid can still carry and pass along those diseases to others. How many parents of fully vaxed kids would be willing to take the blame for their kid passing along something like whooping cough to an unvaxxed newborn? Anything can happen.
We use hygienic measures eg. washing our hands after using the restroom, coughing and sneezing on floors or into sleeve instead of hand etc. By doing so we try not to spread stuff that we might be carriers for. Seeing other people/kids and their behavior in this respect though makes me worry a lot more about my own family not contracting something than the other way around.
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
Well, yes and no, but it has nothing to do with vaccines. Most of the time people are ill it is not with a VAD. The bottom line is: if you or your child gets sick with anything, do your best to have them not transmit it. Stay home, proper hygeine, etc.
I do tend to worry more about infants, pregnant women, the very elderly, etc (but this has almost nothing to do with vaccines). If I have to go out for groceries and I have a cough, I am going to avoid the line with the newborn, and get in another line. That sort of thing.
There is a battle of two wolves inside us. One is good and the other is evil. The wolf that wins is the one you feed.
Book and herb loving mama to 1 preteen and 2 teens (when did that happen?). We travel, go to school, homeschool, live rurally, eat our veggies, spend too much time...
Nope, I never worry about DS passing on diseases but I do worry about vaccinated kids passing diseases to DS.
Me and DH were TTC our second child when DS became sick last week - he was diagnosed with rubella a few days ago. He got rubella from a recently vaccinated child sneezing on his face (not the child's fault I grant you, kids don't understand hygiene at that age) but why should my unvaccinated child be exposed to vaccine induced diseases???
My SIL is currently pregnant and in her 1st trimester - we had a hairy few days waiting on blood tests to see if she'd been exposed although fortunately, she's immune. However, my unborn niece or nephew was put at serious risk because of somebody else's vaccine. Also, it's a good job I didn't conceive because it turns out that I'm not immune to rubella (despite being 'fully vaccinated' as a teenager) and I have contracted it now, so we can't even think about TTC for another 3 months - because of somebody else's vaccine. You can see the theme here...
I get really really sick of being called irresponsible and accused of spreading diseases by not vaccinating my child when truthfully, it's the vaccinated kids we need to worry about. And as micah_mae_ has quite rightly said, your only obligation is to your kids, no-one else. My Dr. really rail-roaded me when I took DS for his diagnosis about my 'social responsibility' to vaccinate - well I'm sorry but no, I won't throw my child under the bus to save a stranger.
Also, it's a good job I didn't conceive because it turns out that I'm not immune to rubella (despite being 'fully vaccinated' as a teenager) and I have contracted it now, so we can't even think about TTC for another 3 months - because of somebody else's vaccine. You can see the theme here...
That totally sucks! But on a bright note, you will have some great natural immunity to pass on to your future LO's!
I work at a drugstore and was laughing so hard at work last night....I had one customer buying $80 worth of medicine because she suspected her daughter has measles. Not long after, I had an elderly lady buying Tylenol because she was just diagnosed with shingles! The stories you hear at the cash register...chuckles.
Why is that funny?
Of course I worry about getting others sick with a VPD. Heck, I worry about getting them sick with the common cold! I don't want to be passing along diseases that in healthy people are not problematic, but can be life threatening for some in the population. We live in community with each other and have a responsibility not only to our own family but to others as well, so no, I don't want to be spreading disease unnecessarily.