I Was Never Vaccinated As A Child

Let adults take responsibility for the measles outbreaks, not unvaccinated children

I wasn’t vaccinated until I was 16. I was required to get my vaccines before starting a filing job in a gynecologist’s office located inside the hospital’s maternity ward. And rightly so, with stories coming out about newborns exposed to measles by people who were never vaccinated. If adults getting vaccinated can alleviate some of the dangers facing children, then they should. 

I got the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Before the doctor gave me the shot, she took a couple of vials of blood to test, probably out of curiosity. When the tests came back it turned out I was already immune to all three, as well as a handful of other things I’d never been vaccinated for either. I guess I can thank my immune system for that. Especially since I’ve never really been sick.

To be completely honest, I’m still not sure if I’m an anti- or pro-vaxxer. I don’t have children yet, so when the time comes I’ll do as much research as possible. Every mother should. However I do know that there are arguments for both sides, and what makes me a little bit peeved is the way ant-vaxxers are seen in the media. They’re portrayed as the vegan hippie yoga instructors that have zero education. Well that’s not the case.

Anti-vaxxers are more concerned with the interests at stake in Big Pharma than questioning scientific validity. Scientific knowledge is constantly changing, evolving and pushing forward. Amazing, especially in a country like Canada, number one in the world for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that currently has no cure. But, it also means that we have to be smart with the information we’re given.

We shouldn’t trust pharmaceutical companies. There have been too many proven cases of skewed data and way too many stockholder interests to support. When push comes to shove, they’ll choose their investors over joe public. And making 2200 dollars off of each vaccinated child is just one way they can reimburse stakeholders. Sure many vaccinations are safe and helpful, but Big Pharma wouldn’t have a moral problem overselling their product. The conversation shouldn’t be whether or not to vaccinate. It should be whether we are over-vaccinating.

But right now, in light of recent news, the conversation shouldn’t be surrounding children at all. It should be about unvaccinated adults who have the potential to carry diseases to newborns. If you were never vaccinated, have your doctor take blood samples to find out if you carry any immunity for measles, mumps or rubella. If not, strongly consider the MMR vaccine. You might save the lives of the children who can’t protect themselves. 

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