I really try to shy away from arguments on the internet that people think are controversial. I don’t talk politics, I don’t talk religion. I do talk mommy stuff but a huge part of who I am is a mother and if I never mentioned it, I wouldn’t have much to say. I do try and stay away from the condescending parts of mommy talks though, I offer my experience or opinion and move on. I don’t try to change people’s minds.
There’s one thing though that’s in the news lately and it’s really bugging me. Vaccines. Surprised? Since Piglet was diagnosed with autism, many people I know think that I should have picked up the torch for the anti-vaxxers cause. Marched straight onto Oprah’s talk show to boo-hoo about my poor son and his “affliction.”
Sorry to disappoint you but I’m not doing that. Because vaccines didn’t cause autism in my son. He is how God made him. People who want to say “Oh, it’s the MMR that did it Jen, you should have known better. I read this article on google….”
No. No. No.
First of all, Piglet was already showing symptoms of autism before he got his MMR vaccine, he was in early intervention before he was even a year old because he didn’t talk. At all. No babbling. No nothing. He could sign “more” and that was about it. He couldn’t even point to something he wanted.
Second of all, google is not a doctor. Sure, it can help you find the weather or movie times but if you’re looking for science, google is not the place. Anyone can (and they do) create a website that looks legitimate and then they can say anything they want. Even doctors who suddenly have turned their back on modern medicine and their own profession can buy a domain name and write a blog that looks all fancy-pants.
But that’s not science research. Science research is peer-reviewed. By a lot of people. And when it’s published to journals and books, when you find them online, they’re behind a paywall. Now, I’m sure you read all three of Jenny McCarthy’s books and are a complete and total expert on why vaccines don’t work but what you’re failing to realize is a vaccine is not a personal choice. It’s a public one. Your child is directly affecting the health of every single person he or she comes into contact with.
Oh, did you just think you weren’t doing anything to harm other people? What about all those infants who are quarantined to their houses because they went to a daycare with big kids whose parents refused the MMR?
Parents are using the argument “oh, my child can handle measles, it’s not that bad” have grown up with the luxury of never seeing people die from measles. Or go blind. Or be horrifically scared from it. And if you think your child can handle a case of the measles, they sure as hell can handle the vaccine.