Vaccinating your child seems to be a constant issue and debate among young parents. I am a very natural mom and individual and been called a hippy and crunchy more then a few times. I never had my kids take medicine for a LOW grade fever when they were little because I believed a fever was building a strong immune system. I didn’t sanitize every little thing my kids came in contact with because I wanted them to be exposed to germs. I encouraged and still encourage them to play in the dirt. And I use “hippie” oils occasionally. (That is what my husband calls them.)
But one thing I DO is vaccinate my children. I am very accepting and open to different parenting styles and realize that everyone has different views and opinions. I am not much a debater but I believe that everyone should vaccinate. We no longer live in the 1700s, and we have modern medicine and science so why don’t we use it to eliminate deadly diseases. It still is amazing to me that parents would be okay with putting their child at risk as well as all the other people that are susceptible. Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination ‘a global crisis’
In 1988 Andrew Wakefield released a report that claimed that vaccines caused autism. This article went viral and in 2010 he was charged with falsifying his study. Yet still after all the information people sill believe that vaccines cause autism. The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud
Another misconception that people have about these diseases, I believe, is that since they are no longer as prevalent then they must not be around any more. Since people are paranoid and don’t do any research the just would assume not have their kids vaccinated. Now that we are having more and more outbreaks I hope that people will start to understand that all of their misconceptions about vaccinations are not true and that these diseases are really out there and need to be taken serious. We have the modern medicine so we should use it. And I don’t know about you but I enjoy living in the 21st century. There are many other issues that I would love to go back in time and enjoy but measles and mumps is not one of them.
As much as I hate to say this, but people can’t be forced to vaccinate so what we have to do is educate the public. This was not an issue 20 years ago yet is amazing how quick people will agree with a falsified article that spread like a wildfire on the internet. Digital Citizenship is definitely a topic in this and a clear example of how information spreads on the internet and is believed.
I was able to find a website of an organization that still claims that vaccines are linked to autism. The organization is called Hope Youth Ranch. The claim is brief but I did some of the techniques we learned about determining if this was a valid organization and came up empty handed. They also have a platinum seal at the bottom of their website that makes the organization look more official but I did some research on what it is and it is nothing special. This is what the transparency seal means per its website, “A Seal is not a rating. Instead, it indicates the type and amount of information your nonprofit has shared.” but it sure makes their website look nice.