I'm not much for television news, but I am a CNN.com junkie. I check it a lot to make sure there wasn't a tsunami or a crazy postal worker. Then there are always the celebrity arrests and deaths that make the top news ticker...which is still beyond me, but whatever. So, I made a pot of chicory coffee from the remaining Cafe Du Monde coffee that we still have in the house, and sat down to make sure I didn't miss any Earth shattering news last night for the very brief time that I actually slept. (Yes, I am napping after this post.) So, I pull up CNN and guess what I see...
Cholera and Whooping Cough?? *Checks the date to make sure it isn't 18something and something. No, its for sure 2010 and yes, people are still not only getting these diseases but dying from them. Its not all Little House on the Prairie. If this ever isn't clear to any of us, the reminder is all over the front page of CNN and sadly, all over the minds of the parents of that little baby and many other families who are dealing with the resurgence of these diseases.
When I went last fall to get my flu shot, I also had to have my Tetanus vaccination updated which SUCKS. Those things hurts like a sonofabitch. So while the nurse smiled and stabbed me in both arms, she asked me if I wanted my Pertussis vaccination as well. I honestly asked her why in the world I would want that, and referenced the Oregon Trail game which used to be my sole reason for school in the seventh grade. She casually mentioned that it was on the rise again, and I casually blew her off thinking it was probably a push by the vaccine developers to sell shots for diseases that don't exist any longer. I got it anyway.
Then it was the kiddos turn. Now, I know there are a lot of people who oppose vaccinations for their kids and that is their decision. I have considered it myself with all the talk of Autism and other problems that may or may not be linked to combined vaccinations. I asked my pediatrician, whom I love to death, and she told me these two things.
1. I gave them to all four of my kids. The correlation just isn't there or proven enough not to.
2. Those diseases aren't gone, people just don't get them as much because they are vaccinated.
In the back of my head, I always knew those two things were true but my anxiety brain sometimes takes over and skews whats real and whats not. The kids got their shots too because, to me, the risk associated with them having the shot are nothing compared if they really did happen to come down with the actual diseases.
Those diseases aren't long gone, we're just able to stop them before they start. We're afraid to use the technology that underdeveloped countries are begging for. That's an oxymoron if I've ever heard of one.
Alright... I know this is a hot one for a lot of moms and dads. Hit me with the comments. Don't be shy.