Today Babygirl had her third set of baby immunisations – it wasn’t pleasant for her but after a nice big feed and lots of cuddles she’s no longer holding a grudge against me.
In fact, living in an affluent nappy valley, as we do, I increasingly find myself coming across parents that have opted out of immunising their children and are relying on the rest of us doing so to deliver herd immunity or, even worse, taking a naturalopath approach that these diseases aren’t all that bad really and that having them is part of growing up.
My gut instinct is to avoid these parents and their children – I’m not sure I want my girls socialising with children that potentially are going to spread things I am going out of my way to avoid, this is especially the case with mumps and measles whilst Babygirl isn’t immunised but still vulnerable to catching these diseases. I worry about the type of parents that go to mumps parties and what this means if my children socialise with theirs. I also feel a little narked that they are happy for me to go through the unpleasantness of immunising my children so that theirs can piggyback off the benefits.
Would you consider shunning those that don’t have their children immunised?
Should there be a requirement to have had the immunisations before children can attend nursery, go to swimming classes or even start school as there are in other countries as a way of compelling people to follow the programme?
Today is World Water Day and if One Difference can get 250,000 supporters on their Facebook page one of their trustees will donate $10,000 and fund a PlayPump in the name of the facebook fans.
One Difference funds clean water projects in Africa. Incredibly they have recruited over 95,000 supporters in four weeks and by clicking on their One Difference page, and you could be supplying a community in Africa with fresh, clean drinking water. Please do this – it’ll only take a second.