Sunday, 27 December 2015

Vaccine Aware

It has been ages since we last updated this page. Since then we have moved back to Malaysia after nearly 8 years in the UK. There has been ups and downs and we will continue updating this blog from time to time recording our experiences and thoughts.

Anti-vaxxer is a term we hear often these days. It refers to "a person who is opposed to vaccination, typically a parent who does not wish to vaccinate their child" (Thanks Google). They are now being painted as anti-science, anti-community, conspiracy theorists, danger to society and to their own kids.

A number of Governments around the world are also making vaccinations mandatory. There is no let up in the number of TV and radio shows; newspaper and magazine articles - vilifying the parents. So we have so many parents and children being isolated from their communities, losing crucial services and boycotted because of their beliefs. Some are even facing the possibility of having their children taken away from them - for refusing to vaccinate their kids. 

And somehow I ended up in this category after posting up some posts on my social media pages.

However, I do not agree with this profiling and I would prefer to use the term "Vaccine Aware" which represents exactly my position on this matter. We were like a lot of other parents Pro-vaccine and believed absolutely in whatever the doctors told us and shot us with. My kids are all vaccinated - something I regret forever. My elder daughter is perfectly normal but my son was diagnosed with ASD when he was around 2. The doctors do not know for certain how he has this condition but the fact is he has Autism. 

Terminology is very important and some of you might have realised that I don't call my son autistic but instead say that he has autism. Simply put, we do not think he was autistic from birth but actually regressed only later and we strongly believe that vaccines had a role to play in this.

I could go on and on but another parent has written a great post which explains what we feel about vaccines perfectly: WHY DON'T YOU VACCINATE?

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