Recently we did two things to help keep our children safe.
First we got brand new car seats for Asher and Ariella. We purchased two Foonfs by Clek. Meghan tells me they are some of the best on the market for keeping the kids safe and secure. We debated buying these car seats for a while. Meghan liked them because of their safety features, they are the only car seat made in Canada, they will fit 3 across in a car, and most importantly they would allow Ariella and Asher to rear-face longer than most other car seats. I did not because they cost about $100 more than my upper limit price for car seats. The debate ended when they went on sale dropping them into the price range I had budgeted. Phew!
Second Asher got his four month vaccinations and I got my booster shot. Meghan and I are both big pro-vaccine supporters. We are shocked and appalled by the amount of people who are opting to not vaccinate their children.There is obvious mistrust between the public, government, health officials and pharmaceutical companies. Because of this mistrust unfounded fears about the so called ‘dangers of vaccines’ are spreading.
I think we are only having a debate about the safety of vaccines because we have not experienced just how deadly the diseases we are vaccinating against are. We have never seen just how bad the measles can be. We have not had to suffer alongside a victim of polio. We have not witnessed the pain of watching helplessly as our infants die from whooping cough.
From time to time I will hear a parent say something to the effect of, ‘It is my right as a parent to decide if I want to have my children vaccinated. The government shouldn’t force parents to do this.’ This is meant to sound like wisdom, but all I hear is foolishness.
I believe in the use of vaccines much in the same way I believe in the use of car seats. With that comparison in mind let me put some of the normal reasons people chose to not vaccinate in the context of car safety.
‘It just breaks my heart to see my child wiggle and squirm in their car seat. They don’t like being buckled so I don’t buckle them.’
‘The government is OBVIOUSLY in the pocket of big car seat manufactures. They make up these stories about car accidents to scare parents so the corporations can get rich.’
‘I read on-line about a child who was in a car accident but they still got injured even though they were in a car seat. That proves car seats don’t work’
‘There hasn’t been a fatal car accident in my town for decades, so why should I have to put my child in a car seat?’
‘My grandparents never used car seats and they are just fine’
‘The human body can heal many injuries by itself so even if we got in an accident my child’s body can heal naturally’
‘Everybody drives really carefully these days so my child is safe without a car seat’
‘Car seats cause more injuries than they prevent’
‘Some car seats have been recalled, how to I really know that my car seat is safe?‘
‘I don’t want my child sitting in a car seat, who knows what they really are made out of’
‘My car has air bags, I think that is safe enough’
I don’t think there is a single loving parent that wishes their child harm. I really believe that parents who chose to not vaccinate their children do so because they believe they are making a good choice for their children. I also believe that it is the wrong choice. Millions of lives have been positively affected because of vaccinations. Yet today we are seeing a resurgence of diseases that were almost wiped out. And we are being reminded of how deadly they can be.
The prevention is not more dangerous than the disease.
Please listen to doctors, not celebrities about this issue.