World Immunization Week begins today! Anyone who has popped by my Facebook or Twitter feed knows how I feel about this. It's one of the few things that gets me truly riled up.
I'm pretty much live and let live on most issues. Oh, some particulars might still bother me on some level (CIO debates still make me cringe, and I could never get on board with spanking as discipline) but in general if it's working for your parenting style and your family, good on you.
Immunization is different. Our decisions affect other people. Vaccination is a public health issue. It is not a parenting choice. Protecting the population at large from vaccine-preventable diseases should always trump one individual's scientific illiteracy.
Because I'm a complete science geek, I follow a lot of science-y pages. Here's my current list of vaccine-related favorites. Most of them are on Facebook and Twitter. (Yes, I'm a special kind of nerd who fangirls science instead of celebrities. Unless, of course, I can combine the two.)
|Adorable and vaccinated|
I realize that all the logic in the world still won't reach some people. However, anytime I share a post or a link on the importance of immunization, I do so because today might be the day it does reach someone. Maybe a new or expecting parent. Maybe someone with older kids who is on the fence or having doubts. And knowing that makes it 100% worth it to share, share, share (even when I feel like I'm preaching to the choir).
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