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Someone asked this on another forum, and I knew you ladies would have some good responses.<br><br>
What are misconceptions that you think people have about non vaxers? What things have you been told that make it clear to you that others really just don't "get it" about why you don't vax?<br><br>
I've heard a lot personally about misconceptions concerning why women choose to homebirth, but I cant say I've ever gotten any surprising responses on not vaxing.
 

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Well, in the paper this week in my area, there was a big write up on people not vaccinating. They said that they were going to make clinic hours longer and therefore more accessible to the parents who didnt have thier kids up to date ( lazy, forgetful, neglectful... like we were just forgetting to get our kids there on schedule). Also that we are concerned about things in the vaccines such as " saline and antibiotics" (a whole other story... like those are the ingredients we are worried about. It painted us as being worry warts over seemingly silly reasons, or being conspiricy theorists) and also that we have never " seen" the ilnesses in our lifetimes ( naive, irresponsible) and that it is our responsibility to vasccinate our kids in order to protect the people in our community who cannot be vaccinated themselves( uncaring, thoughtless of others)<br>
I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I read the article only to see every siingle scare tactic in one page! They painted us unvaxers out to be idiots!
 

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the biggest thing I am told is that "it's been clearly proven there's no link between autism and vaccines".<br><br>
well, a.. it hasn't.. and b.. that's not the main reason we don't!<br><br>
we're also told our kids are at risk. as if vaccinated kids aren't.
 

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That we're relying on herd immunity to stay safe.<br>
I hate that one.
 

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That many of our reasons for not vaxing are based on misinformation.
 

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That we're unable to make our own evaluations of a medical intervention that has definite risks. That we should not do our own research and by default put our trust in a medical system that maims and kills so many.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/FIREdevil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="devil">
 

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I've been accused of wanting my kids to get sick so I get attention.<br><br>
Funny... neither of my children have ever been sick, neither the vaxed or the unvaxed.
 

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That our parents were hippies, that we are conspiracy theorists and that we are playing Russian roulette w/ our children's very lives. Also, that we've been hanging out on the internet too much. In a nutshell, that we are misinformed, hysterical and downright threatening to social order.
 

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That we are irresponsible parents who have no common sense and are responsible for most illnesses that vaxed children come down with. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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That we are relying on herd immunity<br><br>
That we just don't understand how serious the diseases are, and if we did we would vaccinate<br><br>
That we only made our decision based on fanatical stories we've read on crazy websites<br><br>
That we're all a bunch of conspiracy theorists<br><br>
That we all believe that <i>all</i> vaccines are ineffective<br><br>
That we blame vaccines for every health problem under the sun - like we believe no one would <i>ever</i> get sick, suffer from developmental delays, etc. if vaccines didn't exist<br><br>
That we would all change our minds if we ever visited a third world country and saw "what VPDs can really do" - as if <i>no</i> non-vaxer on the planet has <i>ever</i> been to a third world country
 

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A fundamental one - that we are wrong <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My Mother (who does not know my stance yet still thinks I am ridiculous in my views of mainstream healthcare) insists only those "cray Jesus freaks" who believe G-d will cure everything don't vaccinate. Many of her friends agree. Yes, they are all "Christian" (so they say and I am in no way promoting any religion here but wanted ot show the irony). She says these people are horrible and stupid. Just ask one of her many Docs!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been accused of wanting my kids to get sick so I get attention.</div>
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I can't believe someone said that to you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My favorite is how much I am putting the vaccinated at "risk" for catching a dangerous disease.</div>
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that medical professionals *all* vax <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">that medical professionals *all* vax <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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Or that "scientists" agree that vaccines are all very safe and effective.
 
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