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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.

I accept that the process of having her vaccinated is not pleasant but for me its a must.  I may have delayed starting the programme until she was a bit heavier and more robust but not taking part in the programme was never an option.
Immunising my children is something I consider incredibly important.  The diseases that they are being given protection against aren’t benign, benevolent bugs but major infections which can impact their future health, disable or even kill.
Brits in Bosnia wrote about a recent conversation that she’d had about vaccination where the parent in question had not immunised her child – she shied away from confrontation but I would find it hard to be so restrained.

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?

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11 comments to >Thoughts on vaccinations

  • Mwa

    >It's illegal over here not to have the one for polio. And the rest – well, obviously. I don't think some of these people have thought about it properly.

  • Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy

    >You know my thoughts on the matter. I simply don't understand it. Haven't heard one reason (let alone good reason) why children should not be inoculated. Makes my blood boil.

    I did shy away from the conversation, still regretting it now. Partly because I was in a hurry but partly because the parent in question is an argumentative American lawyer. We've clashed with him in the past (he famously called Dave a Nazi Sympathiser, for suggesting that the American Military were not all bad), and I just couldn't face it. Couldn't face the amount of utter tripe that I was going to have to listen to. But, I feel terrible for his little girl.

  • Hearth-mother

    >I completely agree with you. I have never met anyone who hasn't gone through the vaccination programme. I did meet a GP a few months ago who wasn't taking up the swine flu vaccine ( which worried me slightly after just having had my two done) but as for the regular programme of jabs – who wouldn't?

  • mummy limited

    >I'd not thought of making it compulsory for swimming etc but now I think of it many swimming groups are so strict about double nappies (quite rightly) and the like but no mention of vaccinations.
    So irresponsible not to get it done.

  • vegemitevix

    >When I was a little girl I lived in a third world country (Fiji) where the evidence of the ravages of Polio was heartbreaking.

    I have been staunch about vaccinations, even through my son reacting to the MMR and the suspicion that it caused 'autistic type' syptoms for him.

    I'll not forget seeing the poor people with no limbs, or on crutches or deformed. Seeing it first hand makes you quite pragmatic about such things, I find.

  • Sandy Calico

    >I just left this comment on Brits
    in Bosnia. Isn't copy and paste a wonderful thing?!
    I totally agree with you. People who refuse to vaccinate their children are selfish and ill-informed. Mine have had them all, including swine flu. I'll be paying for them to have the chicken pox immunisation too. Another reason that it isn't available on the NHS (in addition to the concern over adult shingles) is that the take up would be so low, they are targeting resources elsewhere.
    You have to have a cat or a dog vaccinated before they go into a cattery/kennels, why not with children and nursery/school?

  • Annie

    >I agree that not getting your children immunised is folly. he only one I am umming over is the swine flu jab. And I can't really give any good reason other than the doctors keep saying that it mutates so often, how can a vaccination cover against that? I would get the chicken pox jag too if it was available on the NHS, which it isnt which I think is outrageous seeing as how awful a time my friends children have had.

  • Jen

    >I come up against this quite a lot because my son has autism and a lot of parents won't immunise for fear of autism. The tentative link between vaccines and autism was disproved and the Dr in question came up before the Medical Council in Jan/Feb and had all his 'research' disproved and will probably be struck off. So there really is no argument against vaccines anymore. I don't get into the discussions though, I do what I think is right and if others don't want to immunise then I leave them to it. There is an outbreak of measles at the moment. I hope no child becomes seriously ill, its not their fault if they get it. Jen.

  • zooarchaeologist

    >Totally agree with you, i'm fed up of these mums who think that they are abvove the usual immunisations around here and look down on you for having the standard ones. I avoid them too! I am wondering about the Chicken Pox vaccination at the moment, just cant make my mind up on that one as is quite a lot of cash…

  • scribblingmum

    >One mother I met recently told me that she her girl wouldn't be getting swine flu as the government had 'just mad too much so they didn't want to waste it'… Amazing. My friends baby was in hospital for a long time after contracting swine flu and it was all I could do not to jump on her and her stupidity. I would never even consider not immunising, we are very priviliged and it infuriates me that there are parents that decide they know better.

  • Bobbie

    >I wonder how these parents deal with their children when they get ill due to not having jabs. I could never forgive myself if anything happened to my children because of me bing not arsed or stupidly naive on this matter.

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