Mommy Blogger Vaccination Challenge

I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen (or at least heard) about Samantha Bee’s anti-vaccination truthers bit on The Daily Show.  The case for anti-vaccination is made by a crunchy mommy blogger.  Rather than attributing the reduction or eradication of diseases to prevention through vaccination, she suggests that it’s better sanitation… like the fact that there are no longer horse feces in the middle of the streets.

Mommy Blogger Vaccination Challenge (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

I’ve noticed that it seems like most mommy blogger posts that touch on vaccinations are from the mommy blogger community who opposes vaccinations.  The crunchier, more natural the mommy blogger is, the more likely her blog will advocate skipping vaccinations.  Maybe because they are toxic (they aren’t), maybe because they cause autism (they don’t).  Either way, the anti-vaccine brigade seems to be the loudest voice out there.

Usually, those of us who support vaccinations are quiet.  Some of my pro-vax friends have said point-blank that they will never put up a vaccination post because they just don’t want to deal with the craziness that will come out.  They don’t want to deal with conspiracy theories, trolls, or anything else.

I don’t blame them.  If they aren’t the type who enjoys a good debate (and I mean debate, not a flame war), dealing with the loudest voices can take away the pleasure of blogging.  However, as vaccination rates dip below 80% in some areas, herd immunity is becoming something that our most vulnerable members of society (the very young infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems) can no longer depend upon to keep them safe.

So it’s time for us to come out of the closet.  If you’re a mommy blogger who supports vaccines, be proud.  Share your views on why you support vaccinating.  Make it an opinion based post with anecdotal feedback about how some people are no longer here.  Make it a fact based post with statistics and foot notes.  Make your voice known!  (And then share it on the linky!)

Why do you support vaccinations?

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About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. Anastasia says:

    I hate the “all or nothing” concept of vaccinations & the way they are given. Once a Dr. found out a child of mine had medical issues I was given the OPTION of them being given the vaccines SLOWER then the “Recommended schedules” Meaning 1 per month instead of 3-4 at a single time. It was a LOT easier to handle all around then the “marathon” of holding down a child for multiple shots. & the child that DID have a reaction had fewer of them & they weren’t as severe. Such a BIG difference! & easier on everyone.

    I’m not anti-vax by any means, I just like the power of having a choice. Once I was told there were options, it was much easier to do the right thing for everyone then what was temporarily best for my child at the time.

  2. I’m not a mommy blogger yet, but I do have an opinion on this. Its a great thing to want to have an informed choice like the previous person stated but when it comes from moms who take science with no professional input and inact it because they want to, I think its irresponsible. I dont want my kids catching something that caused epidemics before the vaccine was made, it sounds so awful to lose a kid to something that I could have protected them from. Just my thoughts.

  3. I completely support vaccination and have written about it several times on my blog!
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  4. The recommended vaccine schedule is based on decades of research. Parents do not have the expertise to make such medical decisions.

    With that said, if a doctor recommends a different schedule based on a legitimate medical reason, that is a legitimate reason to deviate from the recommended schedule.

    In general, however, children should receive vaccines according to the recommended schedule, which takes into account so many factors such as effectiveness and interference.
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  5. 100% pro-vaccine here! I love this blog challenge and look forward to reading all the pro-vaccination posts!
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  6. Kiki Bacaro says:

    Thank you for providing me a list of bloggers that I do NOT want to follow and will now one by one delete from my pages. I cannot imagine blogger who do not believe in vaccinating their children alienating their followers by having this kind of blog hop. Note: I am not saying that you dont have a right to voice your opinion on vaccines, I believe that it’s good and healthy for mature people to be able to talk about and discuss the varying opinions on the subject. But, and it’s a HUGE but, when you choose to be insulting to those who are on the other side of the discussion by hosting something like a blog hop, well, that’s just immature and for sure shooting yourself in the foot. If you believe that your tone is one of someone who just “enjoys a good debate”, you are sadly mistaken. The tone is of derision and superiority and completely uncalled for. God bless you and may not one of you ever have to deal with a child who comes home from his/ her vaccinations a completely different child than when you left your home this morning.

    • Kiki, it’s very, very easy to find bloggers writing about not doing vaccinations. What’s far LESS common is bloggers who are willing to stand up and say that they DO support vaccines. Why? Because they don’t want to deal with comments like yours. May your God bless you and you never have to deal with a child who dies from a vaccine preventable disease.

  7. Kiki, so sorry. Since they can’t say it, I will: my condolences.

    Have you tried any biomedical treatments? I will try to find you on fb also…

  8. Kiki Bacaro says:

    I do not have a problem with bloggers having blogs on vaccinations. I think the discussion is a good one. I am saying, to host a blog hop that is exclusively for provaccine bloggers (then there is no discussion, it is your way or the highway) is counterproductive. In all my years of seeing blogs, both pro and con, I have NEVER seen an online event, such as a blog hop, where it was specifically to bash those who choose not to vaccinate. The tone above is not a tone of respectful discussion and debate. That is all.

    • Uh, how is anyone bashing anti-vaxxers? Has someone said anything in particular about people not vaccinating? I’m confused.

      The link up is simply a chance for pro-vaxxers to be collectively heard with a bit more frequency.

  9. Kiki Bacaro says:

    I meant to say “I have NEVER seen an online event, such as a blog hop, where it was specifically to bash those who choose to vaccinate”. In general, those who decide not to vaccinate do not have a problem with those who do. They just choose not to themselves.

  10. Kiki, a blog is a personal publication. Bloggers can post about any topic that they feel passion for. Suzi is pro-vaccine. So am I. If you choose not to follow our blogs, that is your prerogative. At the same time, our prerogative is to write pro-vaccine posts if we so choose.
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  11. Being pro-anything is not that same as bashing the opposition.
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  12. I personally am excited by this blog hop. Reading posts from other pro-vaccinators will help me find other blogs that I may like to follow.
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  13. I’m excited about this blog hop! How long will it be going? I’m super crunchy and super pro vaccination! I just need to write my blog post and come back and leave my link. 🙂

  14. I get my kid their shots to prevent yucky diseases. To me the slim side effects of the shots outweigh the getting severely ill with horrible diseases. Plus with rising medical costs, I would rather prevent than fork out a ton of money and see my babies suffer.

  15. I’ve not got the balls or patience to write a post on this on my own blog, but pretty much the only reason we vaccinate our daughter is because we’d rather protect her from some crazy illness that has been damn near eradicated for decades than take the risk of her getting sick.

    As for some of the comments above mine…I thought what Suzi said was a lot nicer than what I’ve seen a lot of anti-vaxxers say. Nothing like being called a terrible parent because you want to protect your kids from diseases.
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  16. Yay! I feel really strongly about this isssue but never would’ve written about it without this prompt. It’s so controversial.
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  17. This makes me happy. 😀 I totally added mine to the hop!!
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  18. Judith Martinez says:

    I’m not a blogger but I vaccinate my children. Here’s why:
    *because my mother’s best friend had polio as a child and I never want my children to go through that
    *because I live in a community with a large immigrant population and a large number of people who opt out so herd immunity is severely threatened here
    *because my best friend’s children can’t have the pertussis vaccine due to severe reactions so I can help protect her children too
    *because vaccines (at least most of them) are some of the most rigorously tested and reviewed medicines we have and they’ve resulted in a huge leap forward for human health

  19. One thing is certain…this is a HOT topic among Moms. Every Mom is searching to do the right thing for their child, and to possibly spread information and help protect other babies. I wish there were more answers, more research and instead of spending money on cosmetic lengthening eyelashes and regrowing hair, I wish all available research lab resources were focused on this and other important health topics. Nothing is more important then the health of our children.
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  20. :::snort:::

    This is how I feel about the breast feeding brigade. If you say anything against it, you are on the receiving end of a gazillion nasty posts.

    I do stand on the anti-vac side of the aisle, though.

  21. kai baldock says:

    im pro vac simply because of herd immunity. I feel unless you understand herd immunity you wont fully understand why its so important. also theres many false facts on the net about vacs like the autism one. god when people bring that up does it get on my nerves. im not against those wanting to space them out and can understand why some may choose that but never will I understand why people don’t vaccinate.

  22. I feel that you are right in garnering support for your view. It has become increasingly popular for those with certain views to use their “free speech” to be belligerent , “in your face” and insulting to those who don’t believe the same way. Here you have organized a forum for those of like mind to voice their opinions and speak reason to the opposing views. Nothing wrong here.
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  23. I am absolutely pro-vaccine, but we do vaccinate on an alternative schedule and we see a Pediatrician who takes a holistic approach. I did TONS of research before I had my son, and I’m so glad that I did, because I think it’s important to be informed before making any healthcare decisions. I wrote about my personal decision to vaccinate quite some time ago on my own blog.
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