“Why I Finally Decided To Get Vaccinated”

In my view: Why I now agree with vaccination

Medical News Today – I’m Lana Burgess, a 31-year-old freelance writer passionate about well-being.

In this article, I explore why I disagree with my mom’s decision not to vaccinate me when I was a child — and how, as an adult, I decided to finally get vaccinated.

‘In a world of so many information sources, it’s easy to get the wrong idea.’

It was just after 3 p.m., and school was done for the day.

My classmates were all whooping and bounding about the playground, stopping to wave as their parents arrived to collect them. I spied my mom and ran over to her.

On the way home, she told me that I would not be going in tomorrow; instead, I was going to stay home.

As a child who loved school, my heart sank. My mom said that I had to stay at home because the other children would be getting their measles vaccine tomorrow.

We didn’t believe in immunization, though, so I wouldn’t be getting vaccinated.

My mom felt it was best that I stayed home on the day the children were injected with the measles vaccine. She said it was “live.” If I was at school, there was a risk it would infect me.

Not every vaccination day was like this, though; I typically went to school as usual, but I didn’t join my classmates as they queued up for their shot. When they asked me why I wasn’t joining in, I’d explain that I didn’t have vaccinations. My mom thought they were bad for me — that they’d potentially weaken my immune system.

Fast forward to 2018: I’ve just had a round of travel vaccinations in preparation for a 6-week trip to Australia, Singapore, and Thailand. So what changed? What made me finally reject my mom’s antivaccination stance?

Why didn’t my mom believe in vaccinations? Read more. 


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“Why I Finally Decided To Get Vaccinated”