I am writing this letter in response to a letter written about vaccinations. To qualify myself, I work with children with autism, autistic tendencies run in my family, and vaccinations have concerned me in the past as a possible trigger for autism to occur.
I believe it is quite possible that vaccinations could be a trigger. I also believe pollution, processed foods, dyes, pesticides, and chemicals in general could be triggers. I am quite certain it runs in families too.
When it came time to vaccinate my own children, I researched and researched. I spoke with parents who chose to vaccinate and others who chose not to. I wasnâ€™t comforted in the least.
However, this is what I found missing from arguments on both sides… the bigger picture, if you will.
When it came right down to it, I decided I would vaccinate, not because there wasnâ€™t a risk because the risk was very real. I thought to myself, what if I was responsible for everyone on the planet? What if it was my job to decide what was best for everyone as a whole?
Letâ€™s face it, when we make the decision to vaccinate or not we are doing just that… making a choice for everyone.
Would I want to be responsible for, I donâ€™t even want to guess how many people, catching and spreading a disease and death or any one of the long term side effects associated with them, or would I want to be responsible for a child with autism?
What is disconcerting to me, is what I view as a lack of seeing outside ourselves and our immediate issues and environments.
Where is empathy? Where is accountability?
That being said, as knowledge becomes available to me I may change my view and I believe in educating ourselves and in turn, one another.
I am grateful for the people that are doing solid research and sharing it regardless of whether or not I agree. My mind is open but for now, until a better argument comes along that sways me against vaccinations and includes the bigger picture or community as a whole, I cannot support the view not to vaccinate.
Jennifer MacQueen, Aldergrove