Pro & Anti Vax Labels

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2003
Pro & Anti Vax Labels
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Mon, 03-31-2008 - 10:21am
Do you consider yourself pro-vax or anti-vax? Why or why not? What do you think of the use of those labels?
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2003
Mon, 03-31-2008 - 10:27am

We use to vaccinate, and have chosen not to vaccinate any longer. I do not consider myself anti-vaccination and actually dislike being labeled "anti-vax".

I prefer to consider myself "pro-choice" on the vaccination topic. That is, in favour of people having the ability to "choose" whether or not to vaccinate based on "informed consent" about the benefits and risks of vaccination. There should be no mandatory vaccination, and if there is to be mandatory vaccination, philosophical exemptions should be available to all.

We've all done our research and arrived at what we view is the best vaccination solution or non-vaccination solution for our families. I have no issue with anyone that chooses to vaccinate, delay or selectively vaccinate. I fully respect their decisions and simply ask the same return. Respect for mine.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2007
Mon, 03-31-2008 - 10:39am

Neither really.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-31-2008 - 11:59am
obviously, the labels are not encompassing every possibility. I am for vaccines, so pro-vaccines, but at the same time, I look at each vaccine very thoroughly and there are a few that I would not get for myself or for my children, so I am 'vaccine-critical'.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Mon, 03-31-2008 - 3:56pm

Apologies.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2007
Mon, 03-31-2008 - 3:58pm

I don't mind anti-vax as much as I do, anti-vaxxer.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2007
Mon, 03-31-2008 - 5:20pm

I think we all learn from each other (okay, MOST) - and I think it can only help the division become more narrow when generic terms aren't used and the individual is looked at as opposed to a side. (which I know you've already well addressed - (as we all have through these threads yet seems to be forgotten).


I think the terms personally on many occasions are used purposely - to keep a division. Without either unity or understanding surely one is creating (or keeping) a domino effect. And sometimes (okay, most) I think it's worth taking a look at, into why.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-03-2008
Mon, 06-09-2008 - 9:28pm

This is how I would describe myself as well.