I’m sure you’ve heard about the measles outbreak that has sparked controversial vaccination wars from nearly every person that has at least a few fingers to type and a social media platform to represent themselves and their opinions.
Regardless of your stance on immunizations, whether pro or con, that’s not what I want to talk about.
A common theme among said people with fingers and social media platforms is this:
I wish I had a dollar for every time I have seen this in the past week, so I could retire to Disney World already.
I hate it. For several reasons….
- Who ever constructed the sentence is suggesting that the peanut allergic kid is not immunized.
False. Why blame the peanut allergic kid? Did the peanut allergic kid bring measles to school? I don’t have statistics or anything, but with 1 in 15 kids having food allergies, and a good majority of those being peanut allergies, I’m gonna take a guess and say that I’m sure plenty peanut allergic kids are fully vaccinated. The way this is even worded just irks me, which leads me to my next point.
- You would NEVER say “My kid can’t bring a gun to school cause he might shoot someone, but your unvaccinated kid…..”.
Shocking, right?! I cringed typing it. OF COURSE you wouldn’t send a gun to school. There’s just some things you don’t say. I get that whoever said the original statement was tying to use the “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” analogy, but the last thing a food allergic kid needs is another finger pointed at them for having the ask an entire community for a favor for something they can’t control. They didn’t choose to have food allergies. The same way you make the responsible and obvious choice of not sending your kid to school with a gun, you make a choice to send them with or without vaccines. I can’t send my kid to school and tell her to leave her peanut allergy at home because Johnny wants a PB&J for lunch.
- Vaccinations are a CHOICE, peanut allergies are NOT.
You make choices every day. You choose what to wear in the mornings, what you’re going to eat that day, etc. A peanut allergic kid wakes up every morning and is still allergic to peanuts. A peanut could still kill them. They didn’t get to choose that. Compare and contrast an option to another option, not an option to a misfortune.
- Then there’s always someone in these wars that is a self-proclaimed Albert Einstein, but it wasn’t the theory of relativity they discovered. No, it was their bullshit theory of the origination of peanut allergies which states that peanut allergies are caused by immunizations. I say bullshit, because the people that claim this theory probably don’t even know the severity of a peanut allergy, let alone know a single person who has one. They probably have never watched their child have a reaction to a food. They don’t know that are plenty of unvaccinated kids that are indeed allergic to peanuts that completely debunk their theory. Being a food allergy mom, I’ve done my research just like most. I’ve heard all the theories: shots, GMO’s, probiotics, antibiotics, gluten, processed foods, breastfeeding, formula feeding, eating peanuts while pregnant or nursing, not eating peanuts while pregnant or nursing, etc. The list is longer than a country mile. My theory is that no one freaking knows. No one. If you’re a food allergy parent that’s done your research too and the shot theory is your theory, than that’s your theory, and I applaud you. But if you’re not and you don’t have an MD behind your last name and you’re feeling awfully smart behind your keyboard and your terrible Facebook selfie with your poorly shaped eyebrows, don’t tell me crap about food allergies. Or life for that matter.
- Peanut allergies are to vaccinations what apples are to oranges. Completely different.
Measles and the whopping cough are nothing like a peanut butter sandwich or a cookie. Mumps is nothing like a cupcake. I’m confusing myself trying to get that point across. There’s no reason for the two to be compared.
I guarantee you that if you’re brave enough to hop on Facebook and look up any news page (aka: pot stirrers)that has asked opinions on vaccines, you will undoubtedly find several people using the above argument. My advice is to always advocate and educate, you catch more bees with honey, and always keep in mind what my daddy always tells me: “You can’t fix stupid!”