Mama Measles

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With an outbreak in the United States, measles and vaccinations have been flooding my newsfeed.

And here are my thoughts.

I vaccinate. Do I trust that the government has my best interest at heart and that these substances are completely safe and free from causing issues like autism.

Not at all.

Do I know what’s in them.

Of course.

Funky sounding preservatives and toxins in trace amounts. Just enough to beg the question, why.

But I do it. Because the harm of ingesting a little poison here and there. And the potential of associate risks versus being protected against harmful communicable diseases. Well, for me it’s one that I’ll take. For now.

Which isn’t to say that I don’t respect the right of other families to choose.

However…

In light of the recent epidemic sweeping the nation, with reports of hundreds of people being infected on one plane ride. I have one request.

Transparency.

In the same way that I would be wary of allowing my child to play with someone who was hacking and dripping snot. I want to know if yours is vaccinated. I’m not going to shame. Or judge. It’s your choice. And I still love you. So don’t take it the wrong way.

But…

My kid has only had 1 out of his 2 shots. The next being once he turns 4.

And I don’t want to take any chances.

Let’s face it, it looks nasty.

And can result in death.

As for airplanes, schools and other prime areas where diseases thrive. I do think precautions to protect the general public are important. Whether that’s forcing people to be vaccinated is a good idea…

I’m not so sure.

It’s a slippery slope of government control that makes me queasy.

But more rigorous testing. Is that an option? So that we can ensure that vulnerable populations are protected.

There’s gotta be a better way.

For now, I watch from afar. Wondering if this has all been some elaborate ploy to lay down the strong arm of the law on dissident antivaxxers. Bits and pieces of the virus slowly leaked into major cities so that the powers that be can leverage the outrage and fear of the masses.

So from one conspiracy theorist to another. A hippie mom who can get on board with all you’re saying. Vehemently distrustful of establishment. Especially healthcare.

I’m with you in the spiritual sense.

Just maybe not in the physical.

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