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There are so many things through life that help to sanctify us and bring us to our knees before our Father, but I don’t know of any as of yet that does it as well as having children. You know, when you’re single (if you’re like I was), you have your little life figured out pretty well and you’re pretty much totally selfish and self-centered because you don’t have that much else to really focus on at the time. Then you start dating someone, maybe seriously, and God starts working on your heart to show you areas you could improve so that in your sea of selfishness, you begin to think about the person next to you.
In my last post, we covered some basic questions every parent should ask when they consider vaccinating their child. By educating yourself and looking at all of the available information, you can make an educated, rational, non-emotional decision about whether or not you want to vaccinate or not. I’ve had some great comments on the posts so far. Vaccines are a touchy subject to a lot of parents but these posts are totally focused on stimulating conversation and encouraging you to think for yourselves and to dig into a topic that is very important to your children’s health. So let’s continue on with some questions and get on to some specific vaccines.
Question #4: Aren’t vaccines responsible for eradicating all diseases?
So I really didn’t think I was going to write a post on this topic because it is such an emotional one for parents and is easier to discuss in person or in a class setting, but many of you who follow my blogs won’t get the information any other way. So here we go…
I’m not going to cover every single in and out on the vaccine topic because then I’d have written a book and great people have already done that (I’ll recommend some to you later on). So I’m going to cover some questions you need to ask yourself before you vaccinate your child to make sure that you’re well educated on the topic.
Our official stance on vaccines and what we teach in our classes is that you as a parent owe it to your children to do as much research as it takes for you to be able to make a really informed, non-emotional decision about whether or not you want to vaccinate. We don’t judge our patients either way. We have patients who see us in our office who are all over the board. Some of them fully vaccinate their children, some of them do an amended schedule and some of them choose not to vaccinate at all. At any end of the spectrum, you MUST do your research because there are risks and responsibilities with any decision you choose that you need to be prepared for.
One of the best ways Cindy and I have discovered to educate families over the years is by asking questions. My wife is the best I know at asking questions to help lead people to the correct answer. So the following are some key questions you need to ask yourself as parents to determine whether or not vaccines are the right decision for your family.