Seeking answers: Why wouldn’t you vaccinate your child?

LVN Tanya Roland vaccinates Fatima Wolfe, the 1-year-old daughter of Jordan Wolfe, at the Shots for Tots vaccination clinic at St. John's Community Center on Feb. 5. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
LVN Tanya Roland vaccinates Fatima Wolfe, the 1-year-old daughter of Jordan Wolfe, at the Shots for Tots vaccination clinic at St. John’s Community Center on Feb. 5. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

I wanted to cheer Austin Regional Clinic’s very public policy to not accept children who are not vaccinated. Read Mary Ann Roser’s story here. I know there are people out there who don’t feel the same way. That’s never made sense to me. Why wouldn’t you want to embrace technological advances instead of living in a world with small pox, polio and measles?

As the mother of a child who is immune compromised because of the medication she needs to control her arthritis, I need her to be vaccinated and I need all of her classmates to be vaccinated. I need everyone around her to cough into their elbows and wash their hands frequently, especially after going to the bathroom. Heck, I also need her to do that, but we’re working on that.

I’ve also had friends and co-workers whose children can’t be vaccinated because of cancer treatments or severe reactions. Imagine living in fear that a classmate will bring measles into the classroom and you can’t do anything about that.

So really, what is it that would cause you not to vaccinate? Fear of complications? Fear of chemicals in your kid’s body? Religious objections?

Please explain this to me because I truly don’t understand and I think a lot of us who have kids who are vaccinated don’t understand. For us, vaccinations are just a part of growing up, like learning to walk. At first you it might sting, but you know you have to do it.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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