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I am not a fan of making waves. I go out of my way to keep things peaceful. This is not always a good thing. Some times it is good to rock the boat. That being said, I am going to rock the boat today. If you have a weak stomach, you may want to disembark at this point. Otherwise, secure your life vests that are stored under your seats and let's get this boat moving.
A couple of weeks ago, I overheard a conversation that caught my attention. I will admit right here and now, that I am a nosy person. And if I find a conversation interesting, I will listen. So be careful what you say around me. I just might be listening, and then it will end up on the world wide web.
This conversation was about not vaccinating your children. Whoah now! Sit down everyone. Let's not throw anyone overboard. We are all friends here. The conversation was about how some doctors won't even treat a child if they haven't been immunized. Now I think that is extreme. You are a doctor, and you took an oath. One person said they would rather risk the disease than the possible side effects of the vaccination and added that the disease in question is all but obliterated. This conversation got me thinking. It got me thinking about rocking the boat a little.
I am of the opinion that we should vaccinate our kids. All three of my kids are healthy and strong. All three are current on their shots. Which by the way, you have to have special permission from schools, or work out an agreement to enroll your child if they are not vaccinated. I had chicken pox. Guess what, it sucked. I itched like crazy. I was miserable. Guess what else? My kids won't ever have to have it. And I am okay with that. They also will not be subjected to: polio, rubella, measles, mumps, tetnus and a variety of other terrible diseases. Yes, they are practically non-existent these days, but there is a reason for that.
Now, I did learn that our babies are given a total of 38 shots before they are 2. Is it really 38??? Now I feel evil. I need to go and look at the records and count. It can't possibly be 38! But even so, I still feel like vaccinations are the way to go. The worse side effect I ever endured was a cranky baby. And Tylenol was usually a great cure for that. If not, it was short lived and they were good as new in a day or two.
I do not believe there is a link to Autism and other like illnesses and vaccinations. I do think in that last 20 years we have learned and discovered more about what Autism is. 40 years ago people with Autism were simply diagnosed as retarded. But that is no longer a case. Autism is a very young illness and we are still learning what it is, where it comes from and what causes it.
I want to know what your opinion is. Now, before you speak get up slowly to allow others to steady themselves. Use kind words and absolutely no throwing anyone overboard. That will not be tolerated on this boat. Seriously, I am just looking for opinions. I want to know what you are thinking. If you don't agree with me, or someone else, that is fine. We just can agree to disagree. It's good.
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