To those of you who have tried to enlighten me about the dangers of vaccinations since my last post – you are wasting your time. As to the email I woke up to this morning beseeching me to watch a 1 1/2 hour video of complete bs, I can’t bring myself to sit through that, even for the purpose of educating myself on the misinformation being spread about vaccines.
I know better than to argue with anyone brainwashed by this bunk, so I’m not even going to try. The only thing I can do is attempt to keep myself and my family safe from the total misguided ignorance of those who think they know better than medical professionals in this matter.
There is now a confirmed measles case in Chicago. The victim was a baby who had received their first measles vaccine on schedule, right before traveling to Lakewood. There, they were exposed to someone with measles. Although the child had just gotten vaccinated, it takes a few weeks for the vaccine to kick in. As such, the child wasn’t protected when they were unexpectedly exposed to the disease. Most parents are unaware that the vaccination is not immediately effective, and we haven’t had to be aware since measles was thought to be virtually eradicated.
The child returned to Chicago and their daycare (they had no symptoms yet but were contagious), exposing a number of other young babies to measles. Now all those babies are under quarantine for 2 weeks with terrified families. I know because my husband is fielding calls from some families for advice on what to do and what to look for. Shuls and schools are worried and have had to issue warnings about exposure from the child and other potentially exposed children who were out in the community before the case was confirmed.
The woman who runs the daycare has to pay a professional cleaning service to sanitize her home and worry for her own family. She also must be losing at least 2 weeks worth of income.
These are people who are all victims of the anti-vaccination movement. Every single person affected in Chicago so far has been a vaccinating family put at risk by people who have chosen not to vaccinate.
Now, everyone is just holding their breath that none of the other babies come down with measles and that the infant who does have it will be alright.
Also, those of you trying to argue with me about the safety of vaccinations might not have read the part of my post about my son being immunosuppressed after a recent bone marrow transplant. The transplant effectively wiped out all the vaccinations he has gotten since birth. He has to get them all again on a controlled schedule when his immune system has reconstituted itself to hang onto them.
His doctor has assured us that a case of measles would be life-threatening for my son, and he can’t get the live measles vaccine until 2 years post-transplant because it could trigger graft vs host disease. He is counting on herd immunity, which means other citizens doing the responsible thing and getting vaccinated!
If there is a larger outbreak in Chicago we might have to consider moving back near his hospital out of state until things die down in the Chicagoland epicenter. This will disrupt my son’s life even more than it has been. We have already been away from home for 6 months earlier this year and things are finally returning to a semblance of normal, even though he still can’t go to school or be around lots of kids or crowds.
A Facebook friend gave this to her physician husband for Chanukah, and I thought it was quite apropos for this time in cultural history. My own pediatrician husband could use the same mug too.
Sorry, but you picked the wrong person to preach to about not vaccinating. I wish all of you and yours luck being vaccine free. If any of you live in a frum community, you’re going to need it, as this outbreak isn’t dying out anytime soon – especially with the upcoming Yeshiva week winter break where travel, mixing and mingling are on the agenda for many families.
G-dspeed to us all.