The Anti-Vax Movement Puts My Life At Risk
I’ve been searching for a while for a way to properly express why the anti-vax movement makes me so mad (aside from the obvious reasons) without having to reveal some fairly personal medical information. I haven’t found one, but I’ve decided I need to say it anyway.
My parents had me vaccinated when I was a small child, because they are not idiots and respect medical advances that have saved countless lives. Many years later, I developed a chronic and incurable medical condition – before anyone starts saying anything deeply stupid, it’s genetic and COMPLETELY UNCONNECTED to my having been vaccinated. I have to take immune-suppressant medication, lest I die a slow and excruciatingly painful death.
One of the side effects of this medication is that I am far more susceptible to contracting contagious illnesses than most people are. I am dependent on herd immunity to stay alive. If everyone around me is properly vaccinated, their immune systems will kill off what they catch before they could spread it to me. If they aren’t vaccinated, I have very little to protect me.
My immune system is not gone, but it is decidedly weak. I can get sick much more easily than most people, and I have much more trouble fighting off those illnesses. Even though I still have antibodies for the diseases I was vaccinated against as a child, they wouldn’t necessarily be enough to keep me alive if I caught one of those diseases.
People who don’t vaccinate their children are putting their own children at risk, yes. And they are also endangering the lives of infants who are too young to have been safely vaccinated yet. But it’s more than that. I’m a grown adult, I was properly vaccinated as a child, and I take care of my health as much as I can. Despite that, parents who don’t vaccinate their children are literally putting my life at risk. I could become extremely sick or die because they have given in to bullshit fear-mongering, distrust of thoroughly proven science, and moronic bandwagon mentality.
My chronic illness is tricky and unpleasant enough thing to deal with on its own, and I already have the threat of a painful death permanently looming over my head. I don’t need stupid assholes putting me in any further danger because they are unwilling to listen to reason.
In conclusion: VACCINATE YOUR FUCKING KIDS.