Last week I heard about a woman, opposed to vaccines, that presents business cards to random strangers, like the pregnant teller at the bank. The card directs people to information that is intended to deter them from immunizing their children. While this woman is a prime example of the vocal minority, the truth is that the majority of parents vaccinate their children as recommended. They just don’t feel the need to advertise it to strangers. But perhaps it’s time for this to change.
The Moms Who Vax blog is an excellent representation of parents who are speaking out in favor of immunizations. With increasing cases of vaccine preventable diseases, along with growing numbers of intentionally unvaccinated children, some parents are becoming more vocal in their immunization advocacy efforts. Parents, like Jessica Parker, have decided to speak out – on blogs, on Facebook threads, in mommy chat rooms, directly to their members of Congress and, most importantly, to other parents who are faced with decisions concerning their children’s health and immunizations.
Jessica explains why she has become so passionate about this issue;
“I never even knew of the pro-/anti-vax battleground until I had children. It was never something I questioned, and it was never an option to consider not protecting them. The mere list of symptoms and long-lasting effects of preventable diseases was enough to convince me to vaccinate my kids. Then, when I got pregnant with my second child, a friend gave me an anti-vax book in hopes that I would change my mind. I’ll admit, it made me angry. The outright lies were easy to see through. All it did was fuel my passion to educate others on vaccination.”
Recently, Jessica returned from a trip where she made a surprising discovery. A disease, which is now vaccine preventable, had impacted her family in ways she had never known. Her story appears on Moms Who Vax to remind parents of the differences vaccines have made in our lives today – for us, as parents, as well as for our children.
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