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.
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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