Dear Suzanne Collins,
Please write a prequel to your popular series, The Hunger Games. This prequel should involve the first Hunger Games and how the nation crumbled and came to such a low so as to allow a dictator to separate citizens into districts and demand they send their children into an arena and fight to the death.
These are the things I need to know.
I don’t think you’re trying to be mean. Coming into my ask box and calmly stating something that you’d like to talk to me about isn’t being mean. I’m happy to reply to any nice message.
I’m sorry that you and your daughter had to go through that. And I’m sorry that your pediatrician said that seizures were common; they are, in fact, uncommon. Seizures from that particular vaccine happen to 1 in 14,000 children. So yeah, not exactly common.
However, I would disagree with your statement that vaccines are for “someone else’s profit and safety”. They are for the safety of your child just as much as the safety of the next child. The DTaP vaccine vaccinates for three things: Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, all of which can be fatal, especially in small children. It’s really about weighing risks. Do you get the vaccine for your child and risk an uncommon/rare side effect, or do you not get the vaccine and risk them dying from a preventable disease?
Most people seem to believe that vaccines kill diseases, but that isn’t true. The diseases are still out there, living their little disease lives. All that has happened is that the vaccinated person now has the ability to fight off that disease with their immune system. That’s all. This is why diseases so often reoccur or make comebacks in areas of different countries. They never left, they just didn’t have a host to infect anymore. This is one of the biggest reasons why vaccination is important: when you don’t have a vaccinated child, you put them at risk.
While I will always support being more informed, vaccines tend to carry with them a lot of false information. Sometimes it’s hard to weed out what’s true and what isn’t. For example, the whole thing about vaccines causing autism that was so popular in the 1990s? That’s completely 110% untrue, but the myth still exists today because people fervently believe it; they need a scapegoat for the disease that their child has suddenly developed. That myth killed thousands of children because their parents did not get them vaccinated. They ended up dying of preventable diseases.
I absolutely respect your right to do whatever you think is right for your daughter. And obviously, if she continues to have these seizures, perhaps an alternative or cancelling those boosters altogether would be best for her, but as a society, we cannot apply the results of one child’s vaccine to the masses. It’s illogical and would put millions of children at risk.
Vaccination is, as it has always been, a science. As horrible as it may sound to you, science is about trial and error. With our current technology, we have no way of knowing whether or not a child will react badly to a vaccine. As amazing as that would be, it’s just not possible to tell.
Do children sometimes get hurt? Unfortunately, yes they do. Is a child being hurt better than a child being dead? I would say so.
Something important I’d like to add: although it is true that you have the right to refuse a vaccination since it is your body, a vaccination does not just affect you. Vaccinations don’t work 100% of the time, which means that if you decide not to vaccinate your child and they become sick, someone else’s child that DID get vaccinated might also get sick. Vaccines really only work on the grand scale of everyone takes them. If a significant chunk of the population stops taking vaccines, the system begins to fail for everyone and outbreaks happen - outbreaks that affect both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.
Reblogging for Mari’s lovely commentary.
sirius making fun of remus for being interested in learning other languages so remus puts a language charm on him that makes everything sirius says come out in german
so then for the rest of the day remus has to translate for him and its like “whats he saying now?” “oh hes asking me to tell you your eyes look stunning today, james”
(angry garbled german)
"absolutely spiffing, he says"