Long time no talk.
I saw a post on Instagram from a mom of multiple children who asked why it was anyone’s business as to why she does or does not vaccinate her children… to which I replied:
“Not trying to start a debate, yet offer medical feedback to answer the question of why someone may be concerned about another child’s vaccination status…
I work at a pediatric dental office in New York in which we treat many newborns for tongue ties (frenectomies). Our area currently has one of the worst measles outbreaks in the country. Our county has been in a state of emergency because of this since March. Vaccinations are now being required here by all schools regardless of religious exemptions. For the first month, no unvaccinated person was allowed to a public place (malls, restaurants, churches, etc.).
Measles has an intubation period of 2 weeks. Therefore, someone can walk around with the measles for 2 weeks without showing symptoms and be totally unaware they have the virus. Measles can also remain live while airborne for 2 hours after the infected person has left the area. The measles vaccine is up to 97% effective at protecting against the virus. This makes the unvaccinated more susceptible to catching the virus. Therefore, if a person with the measles walks into our office and sits in the waiting room, the measles will remain airborne in our waiting room for 2 hours. If a newborn who is too young to be vaccinated walks in during that time period, they have a high chance of catching the virus.
Our office has chosen to require all of our patients to be up to date with their vaccines (aside from true medical exemption) because of this reason.
I didn’t know about all of this before the outbreak here so I just thought I’d pass along some useful and interesting scientific knowledge to give you a perspective of why some people may ask the vaccination question.
Of course, it shouldn’t be anyone’s business if they are asking you via social media and saying they will unfollow you 😂 But it could be someone’s business if they are brining their unvaccinated baby into public.”
It drove me crazy to see all the comments of people agreeing that it’s no one’s business. Of course, harassing her via social media and saying she will be unfollowed because of her possible choices is silly and definitely nobody’s business online. But here in real life in New York, it absolutely is.
Everyone has a story and I truly understand there are real medical and religious exemptions and to each their own, but do not get mad if I need to know if your child will possibly pass on some rare disease to my 8 month old.
Agree? Disagree? Only respectful and open debate please ✌️ ☮️