This week I decided that on balance, with the outbreak of measles in Wales and the very real possibility of it travelling further in the UK, that I would take the children a week early to have their MMR injections. Florence’s booster is due when she turns 3 and 4 months and Jimmy was to have his first lot when he turned one. Both of those dates fall next week when we are away and I really didn’t want to wait any longer so I took them to the clinic on Tuesday.
I had to argue my point with the nurse, that it was only a week so what difference did it make and eventually I convinced her to immunise my children a week early. What’s shocking is that more often when there’s a discussion about it the health care professionals are having to convince parents to do it at all and not trying to convince them to wait a week as they did with me. This is all down to one Doctor’s opinion and supposed findings which have now not only been disproven but have seen said Doctor struck off from practicing medicine in this country. People are still concerned by his declarations that the MMR could cause autism and it drives me bonkers. Measles can be a killer, the MMR has shown NO links to autism, surely it’s a no brainer?
The reason there is an outbreak at all is because of parents not having their children vaccinated and I see more and more on line about parents like this trying to convince others to do the same. It’s not just the children who didn’t have the vaccine back then but so many parents are STILL refusing it for their families even now! In the area that I live there is a Facebook group dedicated to natural parenting and for the most part it’s about people wanting to breast feed and not give their children too much sugar. Some of it I agree with and some of it I don’t but I don’t really care what other people do as long as it doesn’t affect me. Sadly there are some parents on this site that believe in natural immunisation and building up immunities on their own. Nothing to do with autism scares but just because they don’t agree with innoculation in general. It has scared me that these families may be at play groups where I am with my baby under one who has been too young for the immunisation himself until now. Fine, if you don’t want to protect your own children then that’s your decision but by choosing to not do it you might put mine in danger and then it IS my business thank you very much.
I had absolutely no qualms about giving my children this protection, I wanted them to have it and the sooner the better. In the winter I asked my Doctor if they could have the flu jab too and he listened to my argument and agreed. I think all children, strike that, all people should be able to have it. I’ve had flu this year – it is NOT pleasant. Being vaccinated against horrible illnesses, when it is possible, seems so sensible. We are lucky, we don’t live in a third world country, we don’t have to pay extra for our children to have them and we have the science to enable it. Not allowing for my children to be protected against such things would be testament to child abuse in my opinion.
I’ve written about this topic before and it is something I feel passionately about. I was going to title this post ‘To Immunise Or Not To Immunise? With a question mark but for me it had to be ‘To Immunise!’ With an exclamation mark! We have the ability to prevent illnesses like measles, mumps and rubella, why anyone would choose not to use it is beyond me. As a parent we worry about everything, we can eliminate this one so my advice is do it!
By the way, Florence didn’t cry at all and when I asked her if it hurt she said ‘No! And I got a sticker!’ Jimmy didn’t cry for the first two and just made a tiny moan at the third injection – he was right as rain again with a chocolate button! Florence did have a funny sleepy and upset day the next day which might or might not have been brought on by the vaccine, either way, it was one crappy day – way better than what could happen if she didn’t have the jab!
MY LIFE WITH 2!
We have finally enjoyed some sunshine this week albeit sporadic and uncounted on. At the weekend the children and I had such fun in the park taking pictures and practicing my photography. I did my photography course at the end of last week and it was amazing – please do read my post about it!
Jimmy took his first walk in his new shoes which made him a bit less steady on his feet and I’d forgotten that about when Florence got hers. It must be kind of odd wearing proper shoes for the first time! His are adorable and so similar to her first pair except they’re blue instead of purpley colours!
And this is a week which was a little sad for us as we said goodbye to a much loved pet. Does it seem silly to have loved a cat? I don’t know if it is or not but we loved her all the same and she was a part of our family for 16 years. I couldn’t not mention her passing in our family blog. She was very old for a cat and had a lovely life but sadly became very ill and the vet said it was kinder to say goodbye. My Mum says the house feels very strange without her despite three other cats being at home. We all thought it was a lovely touch that the vet sent a condolence card. Zippy we shall miss you and thank you for being such a lovely cat and furry friend to us over the years!
That’s it for another week then, we’re off on our mini break to Pontins to celebrate young Master Jimmy turning one so I might not log on while we’re away, if I don’t see you next week then I’ll be back the one after that to tell you all about our trip and Jimmy’s tea party when we get back!
See you then but in the mean time follow me on Twitter @rocknrollerbaby.
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