Should Flu Shots Be Mandatory?

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"mom3girls" wrote:

What if they had a reason that was medical in nature and agreed upon by their pediatrician

If it was for a medical reason, that would be completely different. Of course it wouldn't annoy me if my friend didn't vax their child because they can't.

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I choose my friendships based on our relationship, not their choices regarding what they feel is right for their child's health. I think it's important to vax, which is why I vax my daughter for any mandatory vax. My child is protected, that's what's important to my family. As long as they weren't preachy to me, the friendship would be fine. I don't require an explanation as to why my friends choose certain things in life, this would be no different. It's their choice, not mine.

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"wlillie" wrote:

Yes, the whole reason it really pisses me off is that there are so many kids affected that can't get the vax. I would be friends with someone who didn't for the whole 'my kid is more important than your kid issue", but I honestly probably wouldn't want my kid hanging around them or their kids. I've already watched my kid suffer because of someone else's bad decision and I don't want to do it again.

Would you ask all of the parents in your circle before allowing him to hang around their kids? TBH, in my experience, the topic is rarely discussed amongst my friends and coworkers.

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Its very possible that I am friends with some non-vaxers. Its not really something that comes up that often. Now, I have known people who have to talk about it, and lecture, and give there million reasons why it is bad and I am doing my child a disservice, etc. But I am not friends with them because it is in there personality to tell me how to parent, not because they dont vax their kid.

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"Beertje" wrote:

Would you ask all of the parents in your circle before allowing him to hang around their kids? TBH, in my experience, the topic is rarely discussed amongst my friends and coworkers.

I don't know. He's 3 so we haven't done very many playdates and our parent group changes every 3 years. Right now the only kids he plays with are daycare kids and a set of twins who I know get every vaccination. I figure I'll figure that out as we branch out. We haven't made a lot of friends at this base. Dh keeps rejecting everyone; I think he's a closet homebody.

I don't think I would ask though. From my online experience non-vaxers are much more likely to want to share their parenting decision and the reason why, so I'm hoping that correlates to any new IRL friends.

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"wlillie" wrote:

I don't know. He's 3 so we haven't done very many playdates and our parent group changes every 3 years. Right now the only kids he plays with are daycare kids and a set of twins who I know get every vaccination. I figure I'll figure that out as we branch out. We haven't made a lot of friends at this base. Dh keeps rejecting everyone; I think he's a closet homebody.

I don't think I would ask though. From my online experience non-vaxers are much more likely to want to share their parenting decision and the reason why, so I'm hoping that correlates to any new IRL friends.

Are you referring to those that reject all vaccinations or just some or both?

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"culturedmom" wrote:

I don't see the retrovirus on the same scale as polio, measels, etc.

I see retrovirus on a much higher scale than polio. Same with the flu. Measles had an outbreak a couple years ago here which shut down almost every university on my island for a while. They didn't offer the measles innoculation to one cohort of schoolkids (16 years ago) and then it spread like wildfire, so I've seen firsthand how dangerous that one is.

I am a huge pro-vaxer (I know, shocking) but my kids have been unable to get the polio vax. I have health issues that perclude me from getting it, so my kids' pedi will not let them get the live polio vac, which is the only one offered here. In 2013 when the shot arrives on these shores they will be first in line.

But not giving my kids the polio vac due to my problems hasn't kept me awake at night like it would if I couldn't get my kids vaccinated for something that is currently infecting people by the millions and kills thousands a year, like the flu. I feel the flu is much more of a threat.

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