In the Washington state area, there is currently a public health emergency where there is an area of a higher-than-average-percentage of vaccine exemptions.
One mother recently took to the internet seeking advice on how to protect her 3-year-old from the measles outbreak.
“My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is currently a measles outbreak in my state,” she wrote in a group called Vaccine Education Network: Natural Health Anti-Vaxx Community. “Any suggestions for precautions I can take to protect her would be very much appreciated.”
In the year 2000, the United States declared the measles to be eliminated.
Sadly, with the recent rise of unvaccinated children, it is threatening to overturn its status.
And as you can imagine, the most was hit with the full force of the internet.
Folks had a few comments, saying:
“Unvaccinated children are like dark humor…they never get old.”
“She’s three year’s old…never been vaccinated for anything? Well…that’s middle aged…she’s lived a good life…”
“Whenever I get the measles I always eat two Tide Pods and wash it down with a gallon of bleach. That cures it every time.”
“Build a wall around her and make the vaccinated people pay for it! Sending my thoughts and prayers.”
“Just between us…this kid’s not your favorite right?”
“Did she try putting the child in rice? What about turning it off and on..?”
“Windex…spray your child from head to toe with Windex. Then get some dried sage, bundle it together, light it up, blow it out and then walk COUNTERCLOCKWISE around your child while waving the sage in a figure 8 fashion…five times. Then once you’ve completed all three of these tasks, call a friggin doctor, make an appointment, and get your kid a vaccination before he/she/whatever-sex-it-wants-to-be dies from a disease we safely eliminated 75 years ago. Smh…”
“Have you tried thoughts and prayers?”
“I was vaccinated, but I also ate kale once. I’ll let you decide why I never had the measles.”
“Bring her to the edge of flat earth. The air is cleaner there.”
“Depending on his size, maybe you can re-insert him in your vagina temporarily.
According to the CDC, if you do decide to delay some vaccines or reject some vaccines entirely for your child — there are definite risks.
To protect your child, your family and others, they recommend the following steps:
“With the decision to delay or reject vaccines comes an important responsibility that could save your child’s life, or the life of someone else.” the CDC states.
If you call 911, ride in an ambulance, visit an emergency room or your child’s doctor and/or any clinic — you must inform the medical staff how your child has not received all of the vaccines recommended for his or her age.
Informing healthcare professionals of your child’s vaccination status is vital for the following reasons:
The doctor will need to evaluate the possibility that your child has a vaccine-preventable disease or VPD.
In additional the people who help your child can take precautions, like isolating your child so the disease does not spread to others.
As one group at high risk for contracting disease is infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated as well as others will weaker immune systems like those with cancer or transplant recipients.
If you are still on the fence about vaccinating your child, check out this excellent pro/con list of vaccinating your child, here.
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