A Shot In The Arm – Should We Be Required to Vaccinate Our Children?
Posted Aug 24 2008 10:44pm
Like many not-quite-crunchy parents I went through a series of changes of heart in my son’s early years. First, I was determined to vaccinate - not vaccinating wasn’t on my radar and never crossed my mind. Then I heard about potential risks and planned to forgo vaccinating.
I was adamant.
Then I wasn’t.
Then I waffled for a number of years, researching the vaccination/autism connection; checking world health statistics and vaccinating partially and not on schedule.
When my son entered pre school I completed the personal exception form that allowed me to continue to vaccinate, or not, on my schedule and according to my beliefs. I did the same for kindergarten.
Many of my friends did not vaccinate their children at all. Some did and never gave it a second thought. I, of course had to make the whole issue difficult.
I’m still not sure if what I did was correct. I’m still waffling and vaccinating as I see fit.