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We embrace all parents, regardless of their vaccination choice. Our Vaccinations forums discuss issues and concerns so that parents can make an informed decision. We are not, however, interested in hosting discussions advocating for mandatory vaccination.

We have intelligent, passionate, and wise voices posting frequently to the Vaccinations forum. We certainly want to keep the forum atmosphere a place where they can do so with their passion intact. However, that passion must also carry a measure of compassion and respect, regardless of who is posting and what they are saying. While no one should be labeled as irresponsible or uninformed for deciding to vaccinate, neither should parents here who have chosen to not vaccinate be accused of irresponsibility, not caring for their child, or presenting a threat to others. Please respect each other and refrain from statements that are condescending, hurtful, judgmental, and belittling.

Everyone should acknowledge and abide by the guidelines of this forum so that all members of MDC will feel more comfortable posting here. Responding harshly to parents in need of info who perhaps asked in the wrong way, asked without reading the archives, or posted in a way that felt inappropriate has caused some to turn away from the forum. We want to do what we can to ensure that this does not happen.

Choosing whether or not to have a child vaccinated, especially in light of the politics of vaccines, must be an independent decision. It should not be coerced, but be the product of true informed consent. Few people even know that they have a choice regarding vaccinations, much less know what informed consent really is… Some parents want to comply with the entire vaccination schedule; others want no vaccinations at all. Some parents want certain vaccines but not others. And some want to delay the vaccines until their baby is older. Vaccinations: Why All The Fuss by Peggy O’Mara
We have the following specific guidelines for the individual Vaccinations forums:

Vaccinations

This is our main forum to discuss all information and concerns about vaccinations as a community. This is a forum for members new to vaccination issues to post their questions and get feedback from community members with information to share as well as a general forum for discussion. Polite exchange of information opinion is a priority. This is not a debate or advocacy forum so moderation will be to uphold a comfortable posting atmosphere for all.

Vaccination Policies and Legislation

MDC supports informed choice, and is thus against coercive vaccination policy. This forum is for members who wish to discuss vaccine policy and legislation, and how it could limit vaccine choice. All are welcome to post, but posting must be in line with MDC stance on the issue. Polite exchange of information opinion is a priority. This is not a debate or advocacy forum so moderation will be to uphold a comfortable posting atmosphere for all.

Support Forums

The I’m Not Vaccinating, Selective & Delayed Vaccination and the Vaccinating on Schedule forums are for support only. Members should determine which forum best suits their needs and post to that forum to get and share information. These forums do not host discussions that denigrate, insult or otherwise negatively generalize about the vaccination advocacy or practice of others.


I’m Not Vaccinating – This is a support-only forum for those not or those seriously considering not vaccinating. Here we host discussion of issues that arise when choosing to not vaccinate and sharing of resources and information that are related to the no-vax decision. Members who are vaccinating should not post here to debate or argue accuracy or opinion of things posted.

Selective & Delayed Vaccination – This is a support-only forum for those who are vaccinating selectively or on a delayed schedule. Members who are not vaccinating or who are vaccinating on schedule should not post here to debate or argue accuracy or opinion of things posted.

Vaccinating on Schedule – This is a support-only forum for those who are vaccinating on schedule. Members who are not vaccinating or who are vaccinating on a selective or delayed schedule should not post here to debate or argue accuracy or opinion of things posted. However, this forum will uphold Mothering’s advocacy and support the right of all parents to make an informed decision regarding vaccinations and will not host posts that advocate mandatory vaccination.​


In all forums polite exchange of information and opinion is a priority. Personally directed negative comments will not be tolerated. Discuss the topic and not the individual. Moderation will be to uphold a comfortable posting atmosphere for all and members who do not heed these guidelines will be removed from the discussion or lose access to the Vaccinations area of the community.
 

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First, I want to thank the members of the Community Solutions Team for coming together to discuss some challenging issues and for working together to find solutions.

One thing we learned was that there are times when we simply have to agree to disagree and move on.

There are no "sides" here. There will be no more "us vs them" mentality going on.

In the end we do the very best we can based on the information we have, but at no time should we degrade or talk down to those who make a different decision than we choose to make.

The following are decisions we have reached, so far.


  • It is vital that we all read and understand the Vaccination Forum Guidelines, as they will be actively enforced.

  • We will also be actively enforcing our community rules regarding Respect For Others.

  • No forum or support groups owns a topic, but individual members should not post the same topic in multiple sections. When a similar topic is started it should in no way mention the other similar topic nor should it comment on comments made in another section.

  • It is quite common for people to be predominantly INV, VOS, or sel/delayed and still have an interest in another support group section but each member needs to choose ONE support group that most closely aligns to their personal beliefs and only post for support (or reply) within their chosen group.

  • The main Vaccinations forum and the Vaccination Policies and Legislation forum are open to everyone.

  • Cross forum posting about MDC posters is never okay.

  • Respectful disagreement on some subjects is expected. Please concentrate on the subject, without digressions into judgement on another poster's motives or character.

  • If a moderator has commented in a thread as a member, the moderator should not moderate in that same thread and once a moderator has moderated in a thread, they should not join the conversation as a member.

  • We are not able to evaluate every site that our members link to, but if the specific article referenced uses a derogatory title (or content along those lines) it will be subject to removal. We ask that all members take time to carefully consider those links they choose to share and to follow our Guidelines For Referencing Articles Or Studies From Another Site

  • Memes will no longer be allowed in the Vaccinations forum or support forums. Currently active meme threads will be closed.

  • We will not be reviewing past threads and posts but rather moving forward from this point.


"We have intelligent, passionate, and wise voices posting frequently to the Vaccinations forum. We certainly want to keep the forum atmosphere a place where they can do so with their passion intact. However, that passion must also carry a measure of compassion and respect, regardless of who is posting and what they are saying. While no one should be labeled as irresponsible or uninformed for deciding to vaccinate, neither should parents here who have chosen to not vaccinate be accused of irresponsibility, not caring for their child, or presenting a threat to others. Please respect each other and refrain from statements that are condescending, hurtful, judgmental, and belittling. " http://www.mothering.com/forum/47-vaccinations/1549081-vaccination-forum-guidelines.html
Our Community Solutions Team will remain active to monitor for any special challenges that may arise. :smile:
 
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