We can’t just blame anti-vaxxers…Parents skip vaccines for many reasons.

Okay, so the title is CP’d from the article.

In response to the terribly-scripted NLBS #35 video and other threads on here that denounce “anti-vaxxers” as the cause for measles in the U.S., I
found an article on
WaPo that gives a nice rundown on the history of how the MMR vaccination became so prevalent, and also reminds you finger
pointers that there are many more reasons as to why someone might not vaccinate themselves or their children.

The gist of the point, from the article:

In the panic over measles’ spread in California and beyond, the public has been quick to blame vaccine refusers concentrated in wealthy,
educated communities for being too ignorant to realize that measles can be a serious disease.

This charge, however, ignores the history of measles. It’s an intractable disease that, despite decades of vaccination, rebuffs our best efforts at
elimination. And each time it flares up, its resurgence points out unresolved tensions between this country’s “haves” and “have-nots.”


In 2000, the CDC declared the disease “eliminated”: measles still occurred, but only when brought into the United States from abroad. In recent
years, however, the size of measles outbreaks has grown, as has the number of cases coming in from outside the country.

As in the past, today’s vitriolic rhetoric around the causes of measles’ return tells us something about class relations in our own time. Blaming
purportedly selfish upper-middle class families reflects a collective cultural discomfort with the wealthy’s increasing ability to opt out of shared
responsibility for community welfare.

But as we focus on the alleged selfishness of wealthy, overeducated vaccine skeptics, other factors at the root of the outbreak are, as in the past,
getting lost in the conversation. Parents avoid or delay children’s vaccines for an array of reasons: poverty, other challenges accessing health
care, medical reasons, religious beliefs and an ever-expanding list of required vaccines. Parental acceptance of some immunizations has eroded in
recent decades precisely because the overall number of vaccines and vaccine doses required for children has grown to historically unprecedented

We need to acknowledge these factors — just as we need to recognize that our vaccination debates continue to thinly veil class anxieties deeply
rooted in our history.

I’m not quite convinced that the vaccination debates are fueled by class anxieties as much as they’re fueled by propoganda by drug companies,
politicians and the media reports that are alarmist in nature nearly all the time, but the overall point of the article is sound: You have no way of
knowing why unvaccinated people are unvaccinated.

We can’t go around in societies making accusations based on ignorance. I wholeheartedly defend the parents right to decide what’s best for their child
in this instance–we vaccinated our first child (11yo now) on the normal schedule because we basically had to (he was in daycare from a very early
age). He was constantly plagued with infections like strep throat, common colds, pink eye, and even a nearly drug-resistant staph infection.

Our daughter, 10 years later (at 13 months old), is on the delayed-vaccination schedule and is not in a daycare system (which, I’m highly convinced,
is just a petrie dish for perpetuating illnesses and infections). She has been sick once, within the last month, and it was just a short-lived common
cold. We have refused a few vaccinations up to this point, and with her having just turned the corner of the 1-year-old age, she’s up for her MMR
shot, and I’m not convinced we’re going to give it to her.

Say what you will, but scientific data and stats prove that a natural immunity, at least to measles, is a life-long, high-level immunity, whereas the
vaccine’s level of immunity drops off over time. Also, with current death rates from measles being at less than 0.00% (per simple math applied to CDC
numbers) in the U.S., and severe complications being well under 1% as well (in children), there is a good argument against the vaccine’s life-long
effectiveness and the reality concerning major complications and death from measles.

I know you all are probably dead tired of hearing about MMR vaccines and anti-vaxxers, but I just thought that this was a good article to bring to
light to remind us that the “sides” to this debate aren’t as simple as pro- and anit-vaccine.

Don’t forget to workout and eat clean today! Nothing is a replacement for a healthy body.


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