To put it plainly, not getting vaccinated in this day and age is pretty dumb. You may have heard in the news lately about how measles is now prevalent again due to an amusement park outbreak. Some of these people were indeed vaccinated and contracted a new strain but others were flat out unvaccinated. If your parents decided you shouldn’t be when you were a child then it’s time to stop doing what mom and dad want and go get your shots up to date. There’s no reason for a grown person to be unvaccinated anymore.
Because of a string of lax or misinformed parents it seems like diseases and sicknesses that can be easily preventable are making a resurgence and they don’t have to as long as you keep your head above the water and vaccinate yourself and any children you may have. If you don’t see the big deal then your eyes definitely need to be opened.
A False Sense of Security
There’s a bit of an attitude floating around that is very irresponsible and ignorant of the real truth behind illnesses that can be treated with vaccines. A lot of people think that things like the chicken pox don’t exist anymore and that vaccines for things like that are unnecessary. In fact, this kind of logic is what leads to resurgences of almost irradiated illness.
The idea that it “won’t happen to me” is also very naïve and unrealistic. When you start to assume that you are immune just because of luck and circumstances then you leave yourself exposed. If anything, you’re more likely to contract a treatable disease by not being careful.
You’re Putting Young Lives at Risk
People often think of themselves in terms of illness but don’t often think of others. While most people are vaccinated this doesn’t mean that you don’t have a duty to protect others. Know that when you make the choice to not vaccinated yourself that is just one choice. By making this one choice you are making the choice for millions of people by exposing them and their children to a disease that they may not be able to protect them against.
Yes, infants can’t be vaccinated for some illnesses yet. Basically, if you choose not to vaccinate yourself or your child and you or your child come in contact with a baby and you’re carrying something like the measles then you have possibly infected someone who couldn’t say otherwise.
Not to Mention the Elderly
Another subset of people that can easily become ill without much say in the matter are the elderly. When you hear on the news about the flu effecting people the two age groups you hear about most are the young children and the elderly populations. Being older in age means that your immune system isn’t what it used to be. Not all old people can easily get to a pharmacy or place where flu immunizations occur and that isn’t their fault. Influenza can kill an elderly person. Would you like the be the person responsible for a death?
Can You Afford to Get Sick?
Let’s say that you get the measles. Even if you don’t get a serious strain it’s still an illness that takes a lot out of you. It gets so bad that you can’t help but leave work for a while. There goes a week of income down the drain. You might be out long enough that you realize you have an extremely bad and extreme strain. It’s mentally taxing and it’s bad enough that you or a loved one decides you need to go to the hospital. Now you have medical bills on top of not being able to earn money. Things can really escalate quickly and it’s not an unrealistic scenario to imagine. See how vaccinating can really be important?
Understand That it Can Happen to You
If you take away anything from this it should be that it can happen to you. It can happen to you and you can give something detrimental to your newborn daughter, niece, friend’s child, or any infant you come in contact with. It can happen to you and you can give a horrible illness to your grandparents, elderly aunts and uncles, or any other geriatric person you shake hands with or hug. It can happen to you and it can really ruin your life.