What is an "irrational" fear?

It drives me a little batty when people scoff at the “irrational” fears of American health programs by the citizens of other nations – especially if those citizens are brown. This especially comes up on the vaccinate/anti-vaxx battlegrounds. I’m pro-vaccine (except where medically hazardous because vaccines have RISKS and doctors/parents KNOW some kids cannot get the shots), because they – looking at the statistical analysis for myself and using all the freaking statistics skills I had to learn in grad school – save lives....more
SO VERY NOT getting into the vaccination debate. OMG.  It was your headline that caught me. I ...more

Do You Really Think Herd Immunity is Going to Protect You?

Pertussis? Come on now, it's like 2015! Why would I be concerned about a long dead respiratory illness? I should have been. ...more
whatlisacooks True, the expectation of herd immunity was assumptive on my part: the kiddo has ...more

Vaccines Keep Our Kids Safe

The measles outbreak traced to Disneyland this winter has created a great resurgence in the "vaccinate or do not vaccinate" debates that surface relatively often in parenting discussions. The media has been covering different angles, from encouraging everyone to get their shots to heart-rending stories of children purportedly injured by a vaccine. It's a hot topic....more

To the Mom Doubting Her Vaccine Doubts

There are a lot of loud, angry voices in the vaccine debate. If you are fully convinced that vaccines do more harm than good, this post isn't for you (and I have zero desire to engage in a debate on this issue). This is for the parent out there who is struggling with a little shadow of doubt. I have chosen to share my perspective on the issue, and my story is one of a changed mind. ...more
I read this the other day and felt compelled to return to comment. I don't speak for anyone but ...more

Pros and Cons of Flu Vaccination

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It's Time for a Frank Discussion on Vaccinating: Don't Be a Jerk

At the same time that Jenny McCarthy is learning that people are attracted to people who vaccinate their children, Kristin Cavallari is being hailed as the next Jenny McCarthy for her public statements on how vaccines cause autism. Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth—where opinions never turn into facts, no matter how fervently we believe, no matter how personal the loss or the triumph—the growing number of parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children is in part responsible for a resurgence in diseases long laid almost to rest. ...more
Just thought I'd post this link here considering that our concerns about vaccines aren't ...more

Of Oil and Water and The Deep Unknowing

As I walked the dog yesterday, following a particularly ill-advised exchange on Facebook regarding a vitriolic "anti-vaxxers" blog post, I struggled to tease out the strings of what bothers me so much about these kinds of interactions.  The same gut-burning, chest-tightening, jaw-clenching feelings came over me yesterday that do when I encounter anti-choice protestors or read stories about the Westboro Baptist Church and their hateful acts against homosexuals. It seemed to me that there was some wisdom in my body that wasn't making it through to my brain. ...more

I'm Coming Out too...will you?

I read this article, blog, whatever you want to call it the other day and when I was finished I practically stood up and shouted, "Finally!"  To summarize, JJ Watt gives her opinion on being pro-vaccine for her children.  She backs it up with facts on how immunizations are really only effective with herd immunity, and that the theory that shots, specifically the MMR, cause autism has been disproven time and time again.  ...more

To Vaccinate or Not: The Legal Requirements

Brother's Keeper ...more