Parents often have their reasons for why their kids aren’t vaccinated.
What are some of them?
They might be scared of toxins.
They might think that vaccines don’t work.
They might think that vaccines aren’t necessary anymore and that they can just hide in the herd.
They are just trying to fit in at a Waldorf school…
10 Reasons to Not Vaccinate Your Kids
- they are vegan – many vegans vaccinate their kids
- they are Catholic – most Catholics vaccinate their kids – Pope Francis even led an oral polio vaccination drive recently
- their child is on antibiotics – having a mild illness is not usually a good reason to skip or delay getting vaccines
- their child had an allergic reaction to a vaccine – a severe, anaphylactic reaction to one vaccine or vaccine ingredient wouldn’t mean that your child couldn’t or shouldn’t get all or most of the others
- they are Jewish – most Jews vaccinate their kids
- a doctor wrote them a medical exemption – there are actually very few true contraindications to getting vaccinated and a permanent exemption to all vaccines would be extremely rare, which casts doubt on the ever growing rate of medical exemptions in many areas
- they are Muslim – most Muslims vaccinate their kids and most Islamic countries have very good immunization rates.
- someone at home is immunocompromised – since we stopped giving the oral polio vaccine, shedding from vaccines is not a big concern and contacts of those who are immunocompromised are usually encouraged to get vaccinated
- they are Buddhist – most Buddhists vaccinate their kids – the Dalai Lama even led an oral polio vaccination drive recently and Buddhist countries have very good immunization rates.
- someone in their family had a vaccine reaction – a family history of a vaccine reaction is not a good reason to skip or delay getting vaccinated, as it has not been shown to increase your own child’s risk of a reaction. And yes, this has even been shown for siblings of autistic children, which makes sense, since vaccines don’t cause autism.
What about other religions?
Whether you are Hindu, non-Catholic Christians, Amish, or Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc., remember that all major religions believe in vaccines. Of course, the Amish are a little more selective of when and which vaccines they will get, but as we saw in the Ohio measles outbreak, they do get vaccinated.
On the other hand, Christian Scientists don’t vaccinate, along with some small Christian churches that believe in faith healing and avoid modern medical care.
Still, most people understand why it is important to vaccinate their kids.
What to Know About These Reasons to Not Vaccinate Your Kids
What do you think about these reasons to not vaccinate your kids? Since they aren’t really absolute reasons to not get vaccinated, are you ready to get your kids vaccinated now?
More About Reasons to Not Vaccinate Your Kids
- National Catholic Bioethics Center – Use of Vaccines
- Catholics urged to remember ‘common good’ in vaccine debate
- Moral Reflections On Vaccines Prepared From Cells Derived From Aborted Human Foetuses
- What religions actually state about vaccines
- Religion and vaccinations – a quick review
- Guidelines – Recommendations for live viral and bacterial vaccines in immunodeficient patients and their close contacts
- Study – What the world’s religions teach, applied to vaccines and immune globulins.
- Ethically Confronting the Measles Outbreak
- Science, Superstition and the Duty to Vaccinate
- Abortion, Autism and Immunization: The Danger of the Plausible Sounding Lie
- Am I my brother’s keeper? or “Why should we care if other children are unvaccinated?”
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