I am not one to tell other people how to parent their children. I am a firm believer in you do what you feel is best for your family and I'll do what I feel is best for mine. As long as you are not harming your children, I really don't care what you do. I might not agree with your choices, but that is none of my business. They are your choices to make, not mine. I expect the same in return. I know there are plenty of people out there that think I am nuts and don't agree with my choices and that is fine. Just be respectful of the fact that they are MY choices and I will do the same for you.
Vaccinations can be a pretty hot topic of discussion among parents and it is one I usually try to avoid. That is until I get an email from my school telling me that the state of Connecticut now requires all preschoolers to receive a flu vaccine.
I am a semi-delayed vaccination parent. I held off on giving my twins both the MMR and chicken pox vaccines until they were three years old. Everything else they got on schedule. The chicken pox I was hoping they would actually get and so be immune for life with no boosters required. The MMR I delayed because no one can really say for sure or not if it harms children. Is it linked to autism? I don't know. But with two toddlers that already had significant speech and motor delays, I wasn't taking that chance. When it was time for me to enroll them into school, I got them up to date and all was fine.
But this email today just might have sent me off my rocker. How dare the government tell me I am required to give my child a flu shot? We are talking about the flu here, THE FLU, not the plague. The fact that they are doing this just seems utterly ridiculous to me. I am not usually one to complain about big government being too involved in our day to day lives - that changed today. I am pissed. The bottom line is we will not be giving our kids the flu shot. My gripe is that we shouldn't even have been put into this position in the first place.