My friend and fellow Evidence-Based Parenting blogger, Tara Haelle shared her story of her son’s unremarkable reaction to his childhood vaccinations, here. She also dissected a recent study from Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatricians, on the impact of religious exemptions on pertussis rates. You can read Tara’s post here. You can also join the Evidence-Based Parenting community on Facebook and discuss it, share your stories, here.
I’ve written before about the importance of vaccinations. I’ve even written about a case of measles that hit WAY to close to home for me, here. In light of that, the study which Tara wrote about is concerning to me. The crux of that paper from Pediatrics? “Counties with higher exemption rates had higher rates of reported pertussis among exempted and vaccinated children when compared with the low-exemption counties.” (Source).
If you think that choosing NOT to vaccinate your child doesn’t impact anyone else in your community, you are WRONG!
Parents are lying about their religious beliefs to score immunization waivers on the basis of a religious objection. Those lies, that failure to vaccinate is having real and measurable impacts on their communities, in the form of increased cases of pertussis. Vaccination is important. Vaccines save lives. We all have to do our part to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Today, I’ll join Tara and I’ll add my voice to the chorus of vaccine stories.
While I have done a lot of reading on the topic of childhood vaccinations, we relied heavily on the decades of schooling and practice that our pediatricians and nurse practitioners had, in deciding how to vaccinate our kids.
Just last week Nemo recieved his first dose of the MMR vaccine and the Varicella vaccine.
I could not even tell you what happened after each and every vaccination. I have a recollection of Mabel sleeping through the night for the first time after getting several vaccinations at her 8 week well child visit. I have a recollection of Nemo having a slight fever after some shots- I don’t remember which ones or how old he was.
My experience has been completely unremarkable. Other than expected tenderness at the injection site or being sleepier than usual, maybe a fever, neither of my kids have had any reactions. And, as is clear from my inability to recall details, those reactions aren’t even memorable enough for me to recall.
That’s my unremarkable vaccine reaction story. What’s yours? Share it here or with other Evidence-Based Parents on Facebook.