We went in expecting a couple of boosters and a chicken pox vaccine, but were pleasantly surprised when we realized Grace is caught up until she is 2! Lots of parents these days are seriously anti-vaccine (hey! thanks for bringing back measles, folks!), but we definitely aren't on that train. It seems like a lot of people have come to fear the vaccine more than they have the illness they are preventing. I'm well aware of the
More and more cases of measles are popping up here in Michigan, and Pertussis is back in full effect too. Being a fully vaccinated 20-something, I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing a seriously devastating (currently avoidable) epidemic like that of the 1950's Polio outbreak. From what I gather statistically, Polio wasn't a walk in that park and took many, many lives. Call me crazy, but eradicating this disease via vaccination seems like a pretty okay idea.
I fear that by the time Grace is school aged, the days of the "check your kid for lice" letters being sent home by administration will be replaced by "Mumps outbreak" bulletins. It seems a shame that something that could be prevented, has the possibility of making such a devastating comeback.
Like I said, each of us as parents has a choice on how we'd like to raise our kids. For Ryan and I, we couldn't live with ourselves if we felt like we weren't doing everything in our power to protect our little girl. I understand the thought behind raising children naturally and avoiding unnecessary medical treatment, but skipping out on vaccinations that have helped to keep my generation and my parent's generation well, seems a little bit ignorant. But to each their own.