On vaccinations….

On vaccinations….

I wasn’t going to wade into the vaccination debate, but I’m getting sick of the ongoing war on social media between pro-vacc and anti-vacc mums, and I have to ask…..

When did we get so mean?

I just want to put every single one of you who post these ‘articles’ (both for and against) into a big Mummy time-out. Why do you think it’s ok to call people ‘ignorant’ or ‘stupid’ because of their choices?

My children were having a debate in the back of the car the other day about evolution vs creation (entirely led by them, and yes, I possibly do have the strangest children in the world.) There were two definite camps taking place in the backseat, with each party vigorously defending their position and belief, and not once did anyone call anyone else names. (And this is no mean feat considering they are aged 4, 5 and 6, so at the age when throwing a quick ‘poo-head’ or ‘dumb-bum’ is a sure-fire way to escalate an argument…or end it by rendering the opposition incoherent with tears at the unjustness of the slander) They are CHILDREN and they are already behaving better than many of the mums I’ve seen on social media ‘debating’ vaccinations. We ended their discussion by following up with a talk about how people have many different opinions, and even if we don’t agree with their belief we must respect their right to have that belief. They get this – it’s not a difficult concept for them. Why are so many adults struggling with that same idea?

For the record, I am pro-vaccination. My children have received all their vaccination on the immunisation schedule on time and in full. In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that my dog is late for her annual vaccinations, but I’ll probably have that remedied by the time I publish this blog.

My problem isn’t whether or not you should vaccinate your children. Read that again. My problem isn’t whether or not YOU should vaccinate YOUR children. They are YOUR children. We’ve made our choice for our family, based on what WE believe to be the best decision for us. What you decide for your family is exactly that…your choice.

My problem is that there are so many grown women out there reduced to name calling and downright meanness over what boils down to a personal choice. And that’s not ok. I get that you are passionately pro-vaccination, or passionately anti-vaccination, but can we just grow up a little bit please? Make your choice, be happy in your decision and get on with your lives. If someone has chosen a different path than you, don’t see it as a threat to your belief or an insult to your choice, just be glad that we live in a world where we have the luxury to choose.

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4 thoughts on “On vaccinations….

  1. You wrote my thoughts exactly. The world would be a boring place if everyone had the same opinions. That does NOT for a second make it okay to “bash” someone who’s beliefs and opinions are different from your own. The vaccination debate has definately become an ugly one and in my personal opinion it’s completely unnessesary. People need to have more respect for others. We are not answerable to anyone but ourselves. We are extremely lucky to live in a country that allows us to make our own decisions.

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  2. Thank you! I think that you’re right when you say it’s become ugly. As mothers, we all do the best we can for our families, and this is such a polarising issue, but I would just like to see some dignity and respect re-enter the argument. 🙂

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  3. There’s two things that I think make the vaccination debates get ugly: 1) the understanding that choosing to not vaccinate can impact other children/people, not just your own 2) the thought of your own child contracting a disease that can be vaccinated against is very, very, very scary. Would you agree? Although, I have seen some pretty horrid things written on social media lately around breast feeding vs. formula so maybe it’s just social media fullstop! Facebook should have a pop up before you post that says, “would you say this to their face?” 😉

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    1. I think that, when it comes to our children, we are all rabidly protective, and that’s the way that it should be. I’m constantly worried – whether it’s about my children contracting terrible diseases, being stolen away, run over, bullied in school, brainwashed by aliens….I’m always worrying. That’s been my job for the past 7 years. Part of my job is also to provide my babies with a role model, and to live my life in a way I’d be happy for them to imitate, and that includes the way to treat other people, whether or not we agree. I love the idea of the Facebook pop up! x

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