This article makes no mention of vaccines. http://themighty.com/2015/11/to-the-...mpaign=GENERAL
For all I know, (and I don't know, either way), the mother may even support forced-vax policies like California's.
But what struck me about this heart-breaking piece was how she depicted the realities of raising an immunocompromised, medically fragile child.
For your child, it may end up being a runny nose. For our son, Von, it could land him on life support. In fact it was a cold, a simple cold, that nearly killed him at 3 months of age.
Because they're reluctant to take him out for regular social activities, I'm curious what this family will choose for the little guy's education.
Yes, our kids miss out socially, and you might call them awkward. It’s OK if they’re awkward, as long as they’re alive. When you have to prioritize life over a social life, life is always going to win.
Parents like this woman are often used as human mascots for the cause of pushing vaccine compliance, either through persuasion or coercion.
Do you think that a classroom full of 30 or so children vaccinated for 9-12 illnesses will protect this child from rehospitalization? Is it fair or logical to use the case of the immunocompromised to encourage or coerce vaccine compliance?
The analogy I often use is that of a battlefield.
"Don't worry about sending your child to this classroom. Everyone is vaccinated for what the state requires."
"Don't worry about sending your child out into that battlefield with active combat. At least we've disabled the landmines."
And to carry the analogy further, keep in mind that just like the vaccines--namely for mumps, pertussis, influenza, and chicken pox--landmine disabling isn't always as effective as we'd like, but some protection is better than none, right?
As I said, I'm neither here nor there with this mother's views on the vaccine issue. I'm just wondering if in light of all of her daily struggles, is it fair to use parents in her situation to promote the Cause? Especially at the risk of giving everyone involved a false sense of confidence that a vaccinated classroom is somehow automatically a safe one?