June 7, 2013

Why I Vaccinate My Child

Kaitlyn from Wifessionals and Jennifer from Five 27 Jones extended the linkup series, Preparing for a Little One!

Preparing For A Little One
Here are the future topics:

June 14: Tips For Quick Recovery After Labor
June 21: Struggling With Postpartum Depression
June 28: BabyWise vs. Attachment Parenting
July 5: What You Really Need In A Diaper Bag
July 12: Buying vs. Making Baby Food
July 19: Cord Blood Banking vs. Not Cord Blood Banking
July 26: Moving Baby To Solids: Ideas, Tips & Tricks
August 2: Shopping For A Little One: Favorite Stores & Shops
August 9: Introducing Your Child Into A Home With Older Siblings Or Pets
August 16: How To Stay Connected To Your Partner
August 23: Baby-Proofing Your Home
August 30: Baby-Proofing Your Marriage

This week's topic is about all about vaccinations. There seems to be a lot of conversation centered around whether or not to vaccinate children. I am not an expert on the topic. The opinions and ideas expressed in this post are strictly my own.

Here's what I think:

I believe that today most children in America are vaccinated. I believe this topic is made to be controversial  by a loud minority of parents who don't believe in vaccinations and by a concerned majority who do. 

I believe in vaccinnations. I had my own child vaccinated and as a child I was vaccinated. 

I believe that the benefits of vaccinations outweigh their potential side effects and I believe it's our duty to our community to think of the greater good when making the decision to vaccinate our kids. Most of our decisions as parents focus on what's best for our child(ren), but in my mind the decision to vaccinate is far greater than that. 

All children eventually leave the nest and join other little ones at school, in daycare and/or on the playground. It's so obvious once you introduce your child into these environments that germs are always (unintentionally) shared. Ask any school teacher or daycare provider and they'll tell you that young children are good at sharing colds, flus and chickenpox to name a few. They bring those runny noses, sick tummies and itchy red bumps home with and then the epidemic begins. Most of the things we vaccinate against are rare today, but if we, as parents, stop vaccinating we open the door for possibly life-threatening and debilitating illnesses to rear their ugly heads. 

I know several people that have been effected by the harsh realities of illness. Illness that can now be prevented with vaccinations. It's through their stories I learned how important it is to protect my child from these now unnecessary truths.  

If you're unsure if you should vaccinate your children I recommend speaking to your child's healthcare provider about the possible risks and benefits. 

Be Blessed,

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