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Do you Vaccinate your Children?

Hey!

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 ✌️ ☮️

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Enlighten me on Today’s Current Events…

Not trying to make this post political and I only welcome mature/healthy debate and comments, but I legitimately have a couple of questions regarding this country’s current events. I admit I do not have much knowledge about guns, but I do have a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and know that there are a multitude of mental health issues in this country.  I also understand people’s  wants to own guns for both sport and protection (my mom and brother were held at gun point in our home several years ago so I understand wanting protection).

My question is regarding the type of gun used in the most recent shooting (and from my understanding, the gun of choice in other mass shootings?).  Again, let me reiterate that I don’t know much about guns so this is just my uneducated opinion…  I think when people are advocating for stricter gun laws,  the majority of them do not mean to completely abolished all rights to own a gun.  I think most people understand guns are useful for protection and that many people enjoy them safely for hobby.  My question is what is so wrong with advocating for stricter gun laws? Do people really believe that AR-15’s should be accessible for every day use, especially when it is fairly easy for mentally ill people to access weapons at this current point in time?  Can we not agree that maybe it should be a little more difficult to obtain guns? Why not make the process harder? Not saying you can’t still own a gun or still enjoy the sport, but why not make the gun-attaining process a little more lengthy?

Why are people opposed to making AR-15’s  and weapons of that sort illegal for every day use (unless used for law enforcement, military, etc.)  if they are so dangerous and continuously show up in these mass murders?  Don’t get me wrong- I also know the problem lies with the mental illness of those firing the gun and the need to work on the resources for the mentally ill, but until that has become more stable and while many mentally ill people continue to live without the appropriate help they need, why would it be such a bad thing for stricter gun laws at this current point in time? Yes, people may have to go through a more thorough testing process and investigation before owning a gun, but aren’t the lives of innocent people more important than a delayed process to own a gun?

On the flip side, if there are people who are completely against gun ownership of any kind, is it fair to ask people who are passionate about gun culture to give up their hobby when they are stable adults? Should a couple of “nutcases” ruin the fun for everyone? Perhaps stricter gun control (but not totally abolishing guns) would weed out the people who are not competent or fit to own weapons while still allowing others to enjoy their hobby and protect their homes.

Again, I’m just asking these questions out of my own curiosity and not to point fingers at any one group of people. I do lean more to the “left”, but I’m always looking to expand my horizons and see how all types of people see the world.

I’m just hoping one day we can start to work toward a better future for this country and mankind. No one should be afraid to bring his or her child to school. Let’s start rebuilding our future today…