Over the last ten years or so, I’ve grown quite annoyed with all the rhetoric, beliefs, and senseless fears of “anti-vaxxer” people; especially when those people base their reasons, fears of vaccines/vaccinations, and/or rhetoric against vaccinations and immunizations on some religious belief or faith.
I want readers to note that I neither care to argue or debate nor will I argue or debate the vaccination/immunization versus anti-vaccination/anti-immunizations issue on this blog nor on social media. (I simply despise debating certain issues in non-verbal and non-visual environments; preferring to hold certain debates face-to-face.) Now, like each of the persons situated in the pro- vaccination/immunization camp and in the anti-vaccination/anti-immunization camp, I too, have a position – albeit unpopular, on parents who are against vaccinations/immunizations and who absolutely refuse to vaccinate/immunize their kids.
Before stating that position I must preface with this:
- I was duly vaccinated/immunized as an infant and during several periods of my childhood. I was duly vaccinated/immunized for certain diseases or viruses during my teen years. I received either a vaccination or a booster shot vaccination several times during my twenty-year career in the U.S. Navy – especially receiving certain vaccinations/immunizations or vaccine booster shots before traveling to foreign countries (like the Somalia, India, the Philippines, and Arabic countries) during my two decades of military service. And every year since my retirement from the military twenty years ago, I get a free anti-flu vaccination at the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center. I have also been vaccinated/immunized against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, and have been tested for Hepatitis C (for which, as of this writing, there is no vaccine or immunization). I’ve been a reasonably psychologically and physically healthy person all my life – meaning, none of the vaccines that either once coursed or which now course through my bloodstream, have had any adverse or negative affect.
- I am a parent of twenty-three years as of this writing. My son’s mother and I had our child duly vaccinated/immunized whenever his age – per the medical schedule, called for a certain vaccination/immunization. None of the vaccines nor any of the vaccine booster shots our son obtained during the years of his infancy, as a toddler, as a young child, as a teen-ager, and none of the vaccines or booster shots that he received when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, have had any adverse or negative affect on his mind or body. In short, my son is a very healthy, strong, emotionally intact, and very intelligent individual today. I couldn’t be more happy or proud.
Now, here’s my position the anti-vaccination/anti-immunization issue:
I am not, nor have I ever been against vaccinations/immunizations. Having said that, I hope the kids of anti-vaccination/anti-immunization parents – if ever infected with a contagious disease or carrying a virus which could have been prevented had those kids been duly vaccinated/immunized, die… and do so long before they are able to come in contact with or be in or near the presence of non-infected kids and adults and/or previously-infected kids and adults. I realize that sounds cruel but sometimes the health and lives of the many far and most justifiably outweigh the health and lives of a few. Depending on the virus, any contact with an infected/contagious person, and/or being in the presence of an infected/contagious person, or occupying an area or space once held by an infected/contagious person, could directly endanger or possibly endanger non-infected and/or previously-infected (and supposedly now-immune) kids and/or adults.
I feel that a medically protected or vaccinated/immunized civilized society simply cannot afford to play “Russian roulette” with the health nor with the lives of otherwise [generally] healthy children and adults with regard to unvaccinated/non-immunized children and/or adults who may carry or who may be subject to being infected and carrying some contagious disease or virus.
– RobFather X