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An Open Letter to Non-Vaxxers:

Tonight, while enjoying a nice dinner, I got a call from the director of my son’s preschool. She was calling to tell me that they had made the decision to put my son in a different class because two children in the class he was supposed to be in have “opted out” of their vaccines. This may not sound like a big thing. He is still in the Tuesday-Thursday class, and since he doesn’t start school until next Tuesday, it’s not like he has to get readjusted to a whole new class. No harm, no foul. Actually, this is a big deal–a very big deal. You see, my son is immunocompromised. He has cancer. He was fully vaccinated and supporting the whole “herd immunity” thing before his cancer diagnosis, but that darn chemo wiped out his immunity to the communicable diseases against which he had already been vaccinated.

So, parents who choose to not vaccinate because you feel it’s the “right choice for your family”, I would like to thank you. Thank you for adding yet another worry to my plate and my husband’s plate. You see, we already worry about a lot–it’s an unfortunate part of your child having cancer–you worry every night. On top of worrying about things like relapse, organ toxicity brought on by chemo, debilitating late effects of chemo, secondary cancers brought on by chemo, the mental effects of having more than three years of painful treatment, we now get to worry about, of all things, measles. And mumps. And whooping cough. And chicken pox.

Let me explain something about having a child with cancer to you: everything is robbed from your child in some form or another. Friends, Halloween, Christmas, play dates, school. It’s all taken away at some point or another and in some form or another because we have to protect our children from germs, because if they catch the wrong germs during the worst part of treatment, they can die. My son was isolated from everyone except immediate family for an entire year. For parents whose children are going through chemo, the decision to send them to school is a momentous one. It requires a leap of faith and trust in the surrounding community, in your child’s teachers and administrators, and in the families sending their children to school. It requires herd immunity. Now, even though my son is now in a different class than your unvaccinated children, I get to worry about him using the communal bathroom, the playground, and even walking around the halls with them. If there is an outbreak of measles in, say, Austin this winter, I won’t know if you have relatives in Austin and went to go see those relatives for Uncle Bobby’s birthday. I won’t know if your child was exposed to measles at the Austin Chuck-E-Cheese and then showed up at school on Tuesday. Oh, I’m sure you’ll do your due diligence and call the school to inform everyone that your child has come down with a case of the measles once it appears, but, the damage is done–the exposure to my immunocompromised child has already happened. It’s too late. Your choice just earned him a ticket to the hospital. Your choice just earned him a lot of shots and more toxic drugs in the desperate effort to stave off whatever disease your unvaccinated child passed to him. If, God forbid, he does come down with that disease, your choice just earned him a trip to the Pediatric ICU for a while–days, maybe weeks. Your choice may cost us our son. Who knows–it depends on how his already stressed body handles everything.

People like to say that in choosing to not vaccinate, they are making the “best choice for their family”, and that, after all, their children are the ones at risk, not other people’s children. No, sorry, you’re wrong. Choosing to home school is a choice that is made in the best interest of a family–it impacts nobody but your family. Choosing to eat all organic and locally grown food is a choice that impacts nobody but your family. For that matter, choosing to eat nothing but fast food and frozen meals is a choice that impacts nobody but your family. Choosing to not vaccinate impacts my family and my immunocompromised son. It impacts the teacher who is pregnant and teaching your non-vaccinated child. It impacts the man going through chemo who happened to be behind you in the grocery store when your unvaccinated child sneezed. It impacts the mom next to you at the pick up line at school who is on immunosuppressive drugs for her rheumatoid arthritis and who is bending down to hug her child just as your unvaccinated child coughs. Your “choice” has repercussions for your community.

Part of the cost of living in a first world country is that you have to do things that support the community in which you live. You pay taxes to pay for the police that respond to your 911 calls, to pay for the teachers who teach your children, and to pay for roads to be plowed and paved. You obey traffic laws to ensure an orderly flow of traffic. You don’t shout “fire” in a crowded theater because to do so would cause pandemonium and chaos. Sometimes, to live in a place with the privileges we enjoy here in America, you suck it up and do things you don’t want to do because it’s for the communal good. If everyone chose otherwise, we would not be a first world country. We would be a country without laws, roads, and schools. We would be a country overrun with disease. Your responsibility to your community is to vaccinate your child. The number of people who actually, literally, physically can’t have vaccines is extraordinarily small. The number of people who choose to not vaccinate is not–it’s growing. These people cite a vague unease about the number of vaccines a child gets or statistics they learned from Internet memes on autism. They confess conspiracy theories about Big Pharma and how it’s all a ploy to get doctors and pharmacists rich. They share anecdotes of a college friend’s neighbor’s son who got so sick from his vaccine he was hospitalized. They say their child got incredibly sick from the one round of vaccines he or she got at his 2 month visit, and they said they’re not vaccinating anymore. Guess what–if your child is sitting here today, talking, walking, eating, laughing, playing, and learning, he or she wasn’t that ill from the vaccine. He or she got a fever and reacted to the vaccine–it doesn’t mean they had an “adverse” reaction.

I am horrified, non-vaxxers, that you are so quick to forget the lessons of history. You’re spoiled and selfish because you have never seen the horrors of a society in which vaccines are not available. Perhaps you should talk to my mother about her neighbor growing up–the one who contracted German measles while pregnant with her third child. That third child was born deaf and with brain damage, thanks to his mother catching that communicable–and now preventable–disease while pregnant. Perhaps you should talk to anyone over the age of 60 about what it was like when polio was around–how nobody was allowed to go swimming or use public drinking fountains for fear of catching that dreaded–and now preventable–disease. Perhaps you should talk to the parents of a child with cancer whose daughter spent a month in the Pediatric ICU during treatment because she caught chicken pox–a preventable disease–from an unvaccinated classmate. Perhaps you should take a trip to a third world country and explain to them why they should not be lining up in droves to get their children vaccinated by the Red Cross or other relief organizations. Perhaps, better yet, you should keep your children out of school.

—  Alex Pomadoni via Imgur

Vaccination is not an individual choice, it’s a social choice.

The consequences of failing to vaccinate your child extend to society at large: you jeopardise herd immunity and expose those who cannot be vaccinated to deadly diseases.

It’s incredibly simple. You aren’t allowed to choose to drink and drive, because you might kill someone; you should not be allowed to choose not to vaccinate, because you might kill someone.

the-princely-crow  asked:

Hey, i was reading your post about body autonomy, and i 100% agree with it, but im curious to your opinion about this when it comes to vaccinations. Especially in the case where heard immunity saves lives and failure to vaccinate revives nearly dead diseases and endanger others. Where does this fit in with body autonomy?

Vaccines are a complicated middle ground, I feel, because while, YES, it is something that directly impacts your body, it also has major ramifications for public health at large and everyone you come into contact with. Do the immuno compromised and very young people deserve to have their safety and health put at risk because of another person’s choice? Especially when anti-vaccination beliefs are deeply rooted in ignorance (and often ableism)? Don’t people who CAN’T vaccinate have a right to be safe and benefit from herd immunity just as much as anyone else?

Plus, this isn’t a question about adults choosing to not vaccinate themselves. This is about adults choosing to not vaccinate their CHILDREN. Which is a pretty fucked up thing to do to a kid. (I’m not going to argue that it’s neglect or abuse but…I might imply it heavily.)

Part of me feels like, yeah, the government shouldn’t FORCE you to get vaccinated but, like, everyone should CHOOSE to be vaccinated if they can. But you can’t always rely on folks to make the smart choice, and failure to do so puts other people at very, very direct risk.

I guess I think of it like this, A metaphor: I think that people should be allowed to take drugs if they chose (obviously, there are many very dangerous, harmful drugs that I don’t think people SHOULD take, but legislating against that doesn’t actually address those issues), but I don’t think you should be able to force your child shoot up a shit ton of heroin and go for a drive around the local playground. That behavior puts a lot of other people at risk.

So…I think it comes down to a few questions: is refusing to vaccinate your child an issue of parental neglect, denying them valuable and potentially life saving medicine? If it’s not abuse/neglect, should you be allowed to not vaccinate your child, but then be banned from activities and locations where your/your child’s non-vaccinated status is a danger to others (hospitals, play grounds, schools, etc)?

An Open Letter To Autism Martyrs/Parents/"Allies."

If I told you that I was autistic, how would you react? Would you think my voice counts? Or would you treat me like a child? Or would you say I’m too “high-functioning” to actually be autistic? Or as you call it, a person with autism?

I’d like to get the misguided ones out of the way, in that those who truly mean well, but make a few mistakes in our advocacy.

1. Many of us prefer identity-first language, as person-first gives people the impression that autism and the person can be separated. There is no cure for autism. There will probably never be a cure and if there is, many of us don’t want it. There are a few who do, but many of those are due to them being taught that being autistic is shameful. So calling us people with autism is inaccurate, but some of us do prefer it. Please ask us first.

2. Autism affects, first and foremost, the autistic person. You can talk about how you perceive it, but our voices are as important as those who study autism. At least they should be. Please don’t make our narratives about you. I get that sometimes you may slip up and talk too much about how it affects you, but there’s enough of that already. Let our voices, in the case of autism, speak first please.

3. Calling an autistic adult a child or an adult child, even if they’re high-support, is severely infantilizing. It tells people that we have no natural autonomy and if we try to think for ourselves and do things we see as best for us, we’re mental. If they’re over 18, they’re an autistic adult or an autistic person.

4. Please don’t talk down to us. Again, this is severely infantilizing, especially for us autistic adults.

Now I’m going to address the abusers, anti-vaxxers, Martyrs and Autism Parents ™

(CW: death, murder, abuse, ABA, ableism)

1. Stop pulling the tragedy card. It’s not helpful and it perpetuates the stigma that autism is bad.

2. “I’m not saying it’d be bad if this character was autistic, but they can’t be.” Actually you ARE saying that it’s bad if they were. Unless you have evidence to back it up. For instance, Farkle has been stated to not be autistic after he was potentially misdiagnosed. Now he could be autistic-coded, or he may be rediagnosed in a future episode. Unless you have evidence to back up your point, actual, factual evidence, you ARE saying it’s bad.

3. You cannot abuse your child out of autism. Tough love doesn’t help either. And for God’s sake, take them out of ABA therapy and give them coping skills. Don’t push us to conform. It risks our mental health deteriorating.

4. If you don’t vaccinate your child because you’re worried they’ll get autism, you’re misinformed if you don’t and ableist if you do. Autism is something you’re born with. And spreading the rhetoric spreads the rhetoric that autism is bad and ableist. Not only that, you’re risking death. Period.

5. You cannot love someone, but hate their autism. It’s a part of us.

6. DON’T FUCKING SUPPORT AUTISM $PEAKS, ABA THERAPY, OR THE JUDGE ROTENBERG CENTER. They want us dead/to basically murder us

7. Don’t make the narrative about the family.


I dunno if I have the spoons to address everything.

total-lust-before-love  asked:

You said "FÜCK THOSE PARENTS" just because they didn't want to ☠Poison☠ their children with any Vaccine. I say go FÜCK YOURSELF, because they are NOT "YOUR" Children IDIOT! One day if you ever have a kid or kid's, You sure as to hell Won't Want ANYONE telling you what's Good or Bad for YOUR child. People like you are definitely whats wrong with this world. You're just a typical and completely worthLESS millennial. Hopefully One Day you'll understand WHAT was said here and Exactly Why. 😔

Vaccines impact more than just your child. Vaccines impact whole communities. The fact that it’s 2017 and we have children dying from measles is an atrocity. So yeah, fuck you.

I don't normally post non-original content but...

An Open Letter to Non-Vaxxers


Tonight, while enjoying a nice dinner, I got a call from the director of my son’s preschool. She was calling to tell me that they had made the decision to put my son in a different class because two children in the class he was supposed to be in have “opted out” of their vaccines. This may not sound like a big thing. He is still in the Tuesday-Thursday class, and since he doesn’t start school until next Tuesday, it’s not like he has to get readjusted to a whole new class. No harm, no foul. Actually, this is a big deal–a very big deal. You see, my son is immunocompromised. He has cancer. He was fully vaccinated and supporting the whole “herd immunity” thing before his cancer diagnosis, but that darn chemo wiped out his immunity to the communicable diseases against which he had already been vaccinated. So, parents who choose to not vaccinate because you feel it’s the “right choice for your family”, I would like to thank you. Thank you for adding yet another worry to my plate and my husband’s plate. You see, we already worry about a lot–it’s an unfortunate part of your child having cancer–you worry every night. On top of worrying about things like relapse, organ toxicity brought on by chemo, debilitating late effects of chemo, secondary cancers brought on by chemo, the mental effects of having more than three years of painful treatment, we now get to worry about, of all things, measles. And mumps. And whooping cough. And chicken pox.

BLet me explain something about having a child with cancer to you: everything is robbed from your child in some form or another. Friends, Halloween, Christmas, play dates, school. It’s all taken away at some point or another and in some form or another because we have to protect our children from germs, because if they catch the wrong germs during the worst part of treatment, they can die. My son was isolated from everyone except immediate family for an entire year. For parents whose children are going through chemo, the decision to send them to school is a momentous one. It requires a leap of faith and trust in the surrounding community, in your child’s teachers and administrators, and in the families sending their children to school. It requires herd immunity. Now, even though my son is now in a different class than your unvaccinated children, I get to worry about him using the communal bathroom, the playground, and even walking around the halls with them. If there is an outbreak of measles in, say, Austin this winter, I won’t know if you have relatives in Austin and went to go see those relatives for Uncle Bobby’s birthday. I won’t know if your child was exposed to measles at the Austin Chuck-E-Cheese and then showed up at school on Tuesday. Oh, I’m sure you’ll do your due diligence and call the school to inform everyone that your child has come down with a case of the measles once it appears, but, the damage is done–the exposure to my immunocompromised child has already happened. It’s too late. Your choice just earned him a ticket to the hospital. Your choice just earned him a lot of shots and more toxic drugs in the desperate effort to stave off whatever disease your unvaccinated child passed to him. If, God forbid, he does come down with that disease, your choice just earned him a trip to the Pediatric ICU for a while–days, maybe weeks. Your choice may cost us our son. Who knows–it depends on how his already stressed body handles everything.


People like to say that in choosing to not vaccinate, they are making the “best choice for their family”, and that, after all, their children are the ones at risk, not other people’s children. No, sorry, you’re wrong. Choosing to home school is a choice that is made in the best interest of a family–it impacts nobody but your family. Choosing to eat all organic and locally grown food is a choice that impacts nobody but your family. For that matter, choosing to eat nothing but fast food and frozen meals is a choice that impacts nobody but your family. Choosing to not vaccinate impacts my family and my immunocompromised son. It impacts the teacher who is pregnant and teaching your non-vaccinated child. It impacts the man going through chemo who happened to be behind you in the grocery store when your unvaccinated child sneezed. It impacts the mom next to you at the pick up line at school who is on immunosuppressive drugs for her rheumatoid arthritis and who is bending down to hug her child just as your unvaccinated child coughs. Your “choice” has repercussions for your community.


Part of the cost of living in a first world country is that you have to do things that support the community in which you live. You pay taxes to pay for the police that respond to your 911 calls, to pay for the teachers who teach your children, and to pay for roads to be plowed and paved. You obey traffic laws to ensure an orderly flow of traffic. You don’t shout “fire” in a crowded theater because to do so would cause pandemonium and chaos. Sometimes, to live in a place with the privileges we enjoy here in America, you suck it up and do things you don’t want to do because it’s for the communal good. If everyone chose otherwise, we would not be a first world country. We would be a country without laws, roads, and schools. We would be a country overrun with disease. Your responsibility to your community is to vaccinate your child. The number of people who actually, literally, physically can’t have vaccines is extraordinarily small. The number of people who choose to not vaccinate is not–it’s growing. These people cite a vague unease about the number of vaccines a child gets or statistics they learned from Internet memes on autism. They confess conspiracy theories about Big Pharma and how it’s all a ploy to get doctors and pharmacists rich. They share anecdotes of a college friend’s neighbor’s son who got so sick from his vaccine he was hospitalized. They say their child got incredibly sick from the one round of vaccines he or she got at his 2 month visit, and they said they’re not vaccinating anymore. Guess what–if your child is sitting here today, talking, walking, eating, laughing, playing, and learning, he or she wasn’t that ill from the vaccine. He or she got a fever and reacted to the vaccine–it doesn’t mean they had an “adverse” reaction.


I am horrified, non-vaxxers, that you are so quick to forget the lessons of history. You’re spoiled and selfish because you have never seen the horrors of a society in which vaccines are not available. Perhaps you should talk to my mother about her neighbor growing up–the one who contracted German measles while pregnant with her third child. That third child was born deaf and with brain damage, thanks to his mother catching that communicable–and now preventable–disease while pregnant. Perhaps you should talk to anyone over the age of 60 about what it was like when polio was around–how nobody was allowed to go swimming or use public drinking fountains for fear of catching that dreaded–and now preventable–disease. Perhaps you should talk to the parents of a child with cancer whose daughter spent a month in the Pediatric ICU during treatment because she caught chicken pox–a preventable disease–from an unvaccinated classmate. Perhaps you should take a trip to a third world country and explain to them why they should not be lining up in droves to get their children vaccinated by the Red Cross or other relief organizations. Perhaps, better yet, you should keep your children out of school.

Alex Pomadoni

anonymous asked:

Can you do pta sf papyrus headcanons please?

yes Yes YES, I’ve said it before but Russ, Puppy, Slim whatever name you prefer for the gross dog is my favorite!!! Ok so Im gonna do bullet points for this one.

  • He’s salty so so so very salty!
  • He is surprisingly always on time for PTA meeting much to the surprise/irritation of his brother.
  • He pisses off all the closed minded stuck up moms, on purpose mind you.
  • He’s actually very helpful towards the school, and will call out anyone who tries to change anything thats not in the schools best interest.   
  • “Vaccinate your fucking kids Tracey!” this pup will blow any holes in the ‘facts’ that Tracey or any other mom says that vaccinating your child is wrong.
  • Loves and I mean LOVES to embarrass the moms alot if not constantly.
  • Is friends with schools chemistry, and robotics teachers as well as the guidance councilor. 
  • If he finds out one of the moms *cough*Tracey*cough* talking bad about Chara or his own kid he will pull his intimidation card and just state all the things that are absolutely amazing about the small child and compare them to Tracey’s little brat.    
Problem number 2849462601 with the Anti-Vax movement.

As a mother, I would prefer to use an extended vaccination schedule for my children. But with the increasing number of anti-vaxxers destroying herd immunity and spreading child-killing diseases, I want to make sure my child is fully vaccinated as quickly and safely as possible. So I am unable to do what I think is best for my children (unless I want to keep them in a bubble, highly impractical) because they’re doing what they think is best for ALL children.

Not so gentle reminder that when an anti-vaxxer’s argument is it’s ‘their child, their choice,’ what they’re really saying is that they don’t care what happens to your child.

Vaccinate your fucking kids.

Getting your child vaccinated helps protect others in your community—like your neighbor who has cancer and cannot get certain vaccines, or your best friend’s newborn baby who is too young to be fully vaccinated. When everyone in a community who can get vaccinated does get vaccinated, it helps to prevent the spread of disease and can slow or stop an outbreak. Choosing to protect your child with vaccines is also a choice to help protect your family, friends, and neighbors, too.

Popular Anti-Vaxx Arguments w/ Rebuttals

Starting with the most popular…

So where did this idea come from? Back in 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield released a study stating that vaccinations cause autism. The claim has since been discredited after multiple scientists were unable to reproduce his results. As anyone who works in science knows, the ability to reproduce research is one of the foundations of the scientific method. Therefore, if your research is not reproducible it is not valid. 

Furthermore, even if vaccines could cause autism, the fact that you would rather expose your child to deadly, preventable illnesses versus them being autistic shows that your priorities are way out of line. 

And the next one is…

How could my unvaccinated child get your vaccinated child sick anyway?

Well, that might be reasonable if I only cared for my own child’s health, but believe it or not, as a future physician, I am concerned for everyone’s health. There are children who cannot get vaccines secondary to allergies or deficient immune systems. The fact that other’s find these children unworthy of protection through herd immunity is outrageous. 

Here is a rough example as to how herd immunity protects those who cannot receive vaccinations:

None of these diseases are really that bad anyway. It’s just a minor rash. 

Really? Is that why an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die of preventable diseases across the world each year? We live in a country in which vaccines are readily available and relatively inexpensive. We are privileged in that fact, yet there are those who act like vaccines are an atrocity.  

And last of all, my favorite…

What proof is there that vaccines even work anyway?

Yes, maybe you didn’t live through the times of smallpox to realize how devastating of disease it was. It’s hard to realize the efficacy of vaccines when we don’t actually see their direct effects. But lets take Syria for example. Syria was declared free of polio in 1999. But the disease re-emerged approximately two years ago after conflict. Less children were vaccinated resulting in the disease affecting 100’s of children.This disease can leave your child paralyzed for the rest of your life. Would you want to carry that burden when you could have easily vaccinated your child? 

The U.S. has been polio free since 1979. We could potentially see polio re-emerge in the United States if people stopped getting vaccinated. We, as a whole, can eradicate these diseases. We are already experiencing a large outbreak in measles due to people not vaccinating. Let’s use common sense and vaccinate!

I’m going to be honest here and this is probably an unpopular opinion but if you have the opportunity to but do not vaccinate your children and that child comes down with an illness that may have been prevented with a vaccine, you should 100% be charged with child negligence.

You outright are willing to let your kid be more likely to be under immense pain due to your own paranoia.

Like.

Who are you?

I don't hate anti-vaxxers.

It’s your parental choice to vaccinate or not.

However, please stop saying a vaccine gave your child autism when science has proven vaccines don’t cause autism and even if they did, they don’t but if they did, I’d still vaccinate my son against the easily spread and deadly diseases.

So if autism is the “deal breaker” for you then maybe you should hold off on having kids until you come to your senses:

if ever someone in my presence says anything positive about chickenpox/measles parties

i’m going to ask them if they’d be interested in polio parties or diphtheria parties. or if they and their friends and coworkers like to get together for seasonal flu parties, every year.

I don’t understand this thing about the vaccinated and non-vaccinated kids...

Like, if your child is vaccinated, how would they be in danger if there are non-vaccinated kids?

If they’re vaccinated, they’d (theoretically) be protected. So, do you not trust in your vaccinations or am I missing something here?

*Edit*
Thanks to everyone who responded to this post with helpful, informative answers! When I initially made this post, I was younger and unaware of concepts like herd immunity, and I am glad to have been educated on the matter. To clarify where I was coming from, I am the only child in my family to have been vaccinated at all. And it’s not because my parents think vaccines cause autism or anything like that. I, quite frankly, don’t know the exact reason why my siblings and I are not vaccinated. And, at this point, I cannot be vaccinated as it is up to my parents. I hope this clears up the reasons behind my initial post. Thanks again to all those who gave me calm, comprehensive responses. Please feel free to message me any information you feel is important in relation to this topic.

PTA Sans: The one where Linda was against vaccinations (because that is how she rolls)

Or: Where Sans didn’t know where to begin, had a bit of a bad time and Papyrus had to pick up the pieces.

Warnings: some swearing, Linda, debate about vaccinations, Sans rambling about vaccination, Sans having a flashback and a bit of a bad time, no beta around here

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