Robbed of my choice
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|Tue, 08-26-2003 - 10:32am|
If you decide not to vaccinate your children then that is your choice. I hope it is an informed one and you have considered the risks and benefits carefully. But I expect to be given the same right to choose. To allow an un-vaccinated child who you KNEW was exposed to chickenpox to play with a 9 month old is irresponsible. This mother stole my right to decide whether my DS would be vaccinated for chickenpox.
Add to this fact that there is another infant in the daycare with severe asthma, eczema, and other allergies. She is at greater risk of developing severe reactions to the disease. Now this other mother and I must wait and watch to see if our children develop chickenpox.
Children can be exposed, and then contagious to others, to chickenpox, rubella or the measles without any symptoms. The first warning signs are the fevers and rashes. So I never knew these children were ill until last night when they broke out in a rash. And if they, god forbid, had contracted measles or rublella? I still wouldn't know until it was too late.
Was I wrong in not demanding to see shot records? I guess so. But the mother of these children deprived me of my rights as a parent. Her decision placed countless other children in jeapordy. How is that fair?