It seems like in this day and age everyone has an opinion on vaccinations. And really, unless you are a professional that’s all it is – an opinion (no offense).
But with our baby girl born early in November, I have to put it out there Why You Can’t Be Around My Baby If You Aren’t Vaccinated in hopes it will help those around us understand our point of view of being new parents.
Why You Can’t Be Around My Baby If You Aren’t Vaccinated
Here’s the thing, vaccinations are scary for many reasons.
- They hurt to get
- People have a fear of needles
- The actual ingredients in them are unknown
- You won’t know if you have a reaction to one until you have it.
That list could go on and on all day but here’s the thing, out of all the reasons surrounding anti-vaccinations, there are even more reasons surrounding vaccinations and the good they can do.
For starters, if you look at just how many deadly diseases are no longer around because of vaccinations, it’s really hard to argue the good they can do.
Again, I know some of you can argue that all day and feel the need to be over the top angry at society and those of us that choose to vaccinate but at the end of the day – protecting our children from deadly diseases should be the MOST important reasoning behind everything we do.
Now, this post is NOT to argue over vaccinations nor is it to really educate on them. It’s more of understanding why parents in my situation feel that the only way to protect their newborn babies is to ensure those around them are vaccinated.
So, why exactly do I feel this way?
Well, my daughter was born on November 3, 2018. It doesn’t take a medical doctor to know that this time of the year is the WORST for cold and flu season. It’s also the worst for whooping cough.
Whooping Cough is a very contagious disease that can be easily passed to a baby through someone coughing or sneezing nearby. Most even contract it from an innocent kiss from a loved one.
According to the CDC, since 2010, up to 20 babies die from it each year in the United States.
Even though it seems like these are a lot of cases, the United States no longer has the 200,000 cases per year like it did before whooping cough vaccines were available.
For the reasons mentioned above, I made sure while I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband, our boys and I received our T-dap (whooping cough) vaccine.
In addition, we made sure that everyone that wanted to be around her, was vaccinated too.
Was it easy to do that?
We got a lot of excuses as to why people couldn’t or didn’t want to get vaccinated.
A lot of people questioned us as to why they really needed it.
Some even told us how they hadn’t been vaccinated in years and were just “fine” without being vaccinated.
So, what did we do?
We said NO.
“Sorry, but you can’t be around our baby if you aren’t vaccinated.”
And that sucked, it really did.
To tell loved ones no you can’t see our precious newborn baby is awful. It truly broke my heart.
And sure, this seems excessive but why take the chance?
Why put my baby in danger when I can actively try to do something?
I would never forgive myself if something happened knowing I could have done something so small and simple like getting a vaccine.
Knowing that I could try to protect my baby by all means necessary even if that meant some of our family and friends couldn’t see her.
So, I am writing this for you. The “over protective parent”.
The parent that reads up on everything and OBSESSES about what could go wrong.
The parent that wants the BEST for their baby despite what others have to say.
The parent seen as the “helicopter mom (or dad)” because they worry about everything that can go wrong.
I am reminding you that is it OKAY to stand your ground and tell others no.
No they can’t come around your baby being unvaccinated.
Remind that person that it’s nothing personal.
But more importantly, explain why it’s so important to you.
And if that fails, maybe sharing this heartbreaking story will help educate them and allow them to see that things like this are REAL and should be taken seriously.
The story above was just one of the many heartbreaking cases of whooping cough I came across before I made this decision.
Those stories gave me enough of a reminder of what could happen and so, I did what I felt was best for my baby and you can too!