Do you guys know why I’m so adamant about you vaccinating your kids?
I’m immunocomprimised. It means my immune system is weakened. I have very weak lungs and I rely on herd immunity to stay safe.
I’m allergic to the shot people get for whooping cough. How do I know? I had a 3 week, painful reaction. Now, this was a while ago, before shit hit the fan with the whole anti-vax movement.
But do you know what my doctor told me? It was safer for me to get the shot that I’m ALLERGIC TO than rely on herd immunity because if I get the shot, I’ll be in moderate-severe pain for about 3 weeks max. If I get the disease, I will die. My lung capacity is bad enough, but my body is too weak to fight the disease.
So not only are you putting your child’s life at risk by not vaccinating them, you’re putting mine and all the other people who cannot be vaccinated at risk because of a selfish decision that isn’t backed by science.
god THIS. vaccinate your kids and vaccinate yourself too. my dad is also immunocompromised and relies on herd immunity. neither he nor anyone who lives with us can get live-virus vaccines (we can only get ones where the virus is inert/dead) because if he’s exposed to the weakened virus he will contract whatever disease it is, so herd immunity is SUPER important for everyone in our family.
the anti-vax bullshit HURTS people. my dad has been hospitalized before just from a common flu because people he knew didn’t get their flu shots, came in to work with the flu, and got him sick. even with my dad’s healthy lifestyle, the fact that he’s immunocompromised from leukemia means even a really common and easily treatable disease (the flu, bronchitis, whooping cough) could straight up kill him.
Also do you know how many people in the community are immunocompromised?
- Every cancer patient
- Every pregnant person
- Just about every elderly person
- All small children
- Many people with invisible illnesses, such as autoimmune conditions, AIDs, congenital immune deficiencies, malabsorption issues etc
- Heck, even those with jetlag or under severe stress are immunocompromised
In short, YOU KNOW LOTS OF IMMUNOCOMPROMISED PEOPLE. Unless you are a hermit, YOU INTERACT WITH IMMUNOCOMPROMISED PEOPLE ON A DAILY BASIS. GET VACCINATED!!!!
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