Vaccinate your kids or keep away from mine.

I try so hard to live my life with a “Live and let live” attitude, it’s kind of my “thing”. You do you bae and I will be up over here living my best life and doing me… until you doing you actively affects my best life, then I feel like I can’t keep quiet.

Last week Kat Von D (if you’re like my Mum – Kat Von D is a former TV star on Miami Ink and similar programs, and has a make up range which is, for all intents and purposes, brilliant and pricey) posted a post on Instagram about how you should choose your own paths in pregnancy, how you should do YOU and ignore the naysayers. I was right there fist pumping along with her post, I couldn’t understand why people were writing their own posts about it – she was right… you should ignore the unsolicited advice, you should live your life and raise your child how you choose unless it is a danger to them… and there is was: She was declaring herself as an anti-vaxxer and going to raise her child without vaccines in a natural way.

“And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you – try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations.”

Raising your child as a vegan is your own business people – and FYI you can raise a child vegan and still have a healthy diet, even WHO has no issue with it – but what you can’t do is refuse to vaccinate your child because, well, plants. Fuck. That. Shit. Like I said, do your thang until you start endangering me and mine.

There is a reason that we have vaccines boys and girls, and I feel intensely passionate about those reasons – it’s so we don’t die. The majority of people reading this blog (according to my fancy google analytics tools that I can hardly use) are between the ages of 21-47 so still too young to recall the days when everyone knew someone who had lost a child to measles, mumps, rubella or polio. I’m too young to remember it (what a blessing that ignorance is) but my mum is not, at 67 she can name the children down her street that didn’t make it to adulthood, the man who had polio and ended up unable to work and with horrible deformities, the families who her mother took food to when they lost their children. Just let that sink in: so common was it that children died from these illnesses that simply down my mum’s street she can count multiple families who suffered loss. Yet here is someone with 7 million followers proudly declaring that she has the right to be different and go down her path of natural awesomeness, and actively encouraging them to choose their own paths too – to ignore the naysayers, you know the ones, they generally where lab coats or carry medical instruments.

These aren’t benign illnesses as some of the comments on Kat Von D’s post suggested, these are terrifying. There is no way that you will be treated in A&E with a plant based product if you have polio and frankly, if your child was dying from an illness, you wouldn’t want them treated with anything but the finest modern medicine that you could get – you would want them to live. As Tim Minchin said: You know what they call alternative medicine that has been proved to work? Medicine.

No, vaccines are not a safe fail proof against these illnesses, absolutely they aren’t – you can be vaccinated and still pick up a disease but it makes it so much harder for the diseases to stick around – hence the reason we have almost wiped out most of them… until recently. Even in our area there has been an outbreak of measles, something that was common when my mum was a child but now it’s a shock to hear that a child has it. Even more of a shock? The outbreak of Mumps in York university and college dorms – the most common place for this to spring up now, and it’s because people with the choice to not bother vaccinating their kids are opening the door for the diseases to waltz back in. Don’t you think that we as human beings have a duty to protect one another? PLAGUE is making a comeback because it’s become fashionable to not vaccinate and live the natural life. Plague, people.

Another common argument in the Kat Von D comments – if you vaccinate, surely you should be protected and it doesn’t matter to you? What about people that CAN’T vaccinate? Who have a genuine reason that they can’t vaccinate their kids? Don’t we, the rest of society, have a duty to protect them? This argument also forgets that viruses mutate, they develop and they get stronger – vaccines aren’t ever going to be 100% but if we ALL do this, all stick together… it’s not witchcraft, it’s science and common bloody sense.

As Caroline Hirons quite correctly said in her post: vaccinate your kids or keep them the hell away from mine. It’s not that simple though is it? Did you know that you don’t legally have to vaccinate your children in this country for them to attend school? WHY? We have the option of homeschooling so why is a child allowed in school if a parent wilfully chooses to endanger them and their classmates? Simply put: They shouldn’t be. If your child is not vaccinated because you have the absolute ignorance to make a choice that you know better than all modern science, all doctors, all researchers, then bluntly you and your child have no place in this society and homeschooling should be the only option available. I don’t want your child bringing something to school that could affect my child. I don’t want the little boy in school who couldn’t be vaccinated for genuine medical reasons to be more at risk because you’re a feckless moron who wants to treat lives with plants and crystals – your time has passed, back in the middle ages.

I remember a debate not so long ago over whether or not it should become law that a child has to be vaccinated in this country and that was deemed too much of a nanny state ideal, too dictator like because we have to allow our people the right of choice – but where does that leave people wanting the right to protect their children from blatant stupidity and a comeback of diseases? Where does that leave our herd immunity if a part of the herd can declare, nah, I’m good I’ll eat some kale and apply some tea tree oil to it, I’ll be fine.

Vaccinate your children.

15 Comments

  1. June 12, 2018 / 6:54 am

    All of this. All of it. Except the part about homeschooling those kids who aren’t vaccinated. Cos I homeschool mine, and I don’t want him meeting an unvaxxed kid at a home ed group, thank you very much. Just vaccinate your kids and we’ll all be ok. Thanking you.

  2. June 11, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Yes. This. Completely agree. The newborn babies who haven’t had their vaccinations yet are at risk. Those with weakened immune systems, those undertaking chemotherapy, the elderly…the list goes on. There is a massive movement which seems to be based on sheer ignorance and a lack o understanding how the whole thing works. Don’t get me wrong, I try to be as natural as possible in this modern world (ok I’m a long way behind most people who say they are natural…I basically choose organic skincare most of the time) but I would never ever put my own children at risk in this way let alone anyone else’s. I’ve just shelled out £130 for Arthur’s third and final meningitis B vaccine….that’s nearly £400 in total – money I didn’t really have to spend but you know what? I’d pay that 100 times over to save my kid if they’d got ill because they hadn’t had the vaccine.

  3. June 11, 2018 / 11:49 am

    My daughter was on chemotherapy and couldn’t have some of her vaccinations at the time. What was I supposed to do? Isolate her until she was able to have the vaccinations?

    • Harriet June 11, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      No Nickie, you’re daughter is one of the people I refer to multiple times in the post that we owe it to, to protect.

  4. June 11, 2018 / 11:33 am

    Yes Harriet! So well said!

  5. Priscilla A
    June 11, 2018 / 10:51 am

    thank you a 1000 times to remind people about this – Being African – sadly my husband as well lived in an era where these were common when he was growing up
    in France – it is mandatory to be vaccinated against certain things to be accepted in public stuff like nurseries, schools or summer camps -. Kids born from now on, even have to have 11 different ones.
    I don’t know her and don’t want to know her – but it is pretty poor of Kat Von D to advocate a ” i want all things natural” – yet making money from make-up that are far from being clean – vegan yes but full of nasties. So the “bad” chemicals that are used to save potentially millions of lives are not good for her kid but good enough for people buying her brand….

  6. June 11, 2018 / 10:04 am

    You read my mind! Her post has infuriated me so much I haven’t been able to eloquently put my thoughts into words 😂 You can be vegan and vaccinate – I am testament to that! my kids are all vaccinated including little plant-based Essie. I even paid a small fortune to get the men B vaccines for the boys are they were too old to get them as part of the NHS schedule. Veganism excludes animal exploitation “as far as possible and is practicable” – it is NOT practicable for me to not vaccinate. So sick of the vegan woo; they’re very much the minority but damn their voices are LOUD!

  7. Lauren
    June 11, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Love it. Hubby and I were talking about this last night. Sure you have the choice to not vaccinate but then shouldn’t all the parents that choose too be given a choice as to whether or not you should be allowed to enter the schooling system. I have a couple of friends who have children that unfortunately have cancer and due to treatment, have no immunity. What about those kids? They are using medicine to get better but some f*ckwit decides reiki and healing crystals will cure all and end up potentially killing other innocent life’s by sending their kid riddled in disease to play at nursery. But it will be fine cause the shama llama ding ding twats know better then the time and time again proven scientific research… Choice is good, when it’s educated.

  8. June 11, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Just marry me, ok? xx

    • Harriet June 11, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Go on, you twisted my arm haha! x

  9. Em
    June 11, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Hell yes.
    My twins will be born immunosuppressed because of drugs I have to take.
    My daughter is vaccinated against everything including some stuff not on the NHS that we have paid for privately.
    If you don’t vaccinate don’t come near me or my kids thank you !
    FYI anyone who reads this who is anti vax- when people speak about herd immunity protecting vulnerable people who can’t be vaccinated…that’s me and my kids.
    We cannot have live vaccines. That’s TB and rotavirus for the little ones. If YOU have them..if everyone who can have them has them then my babies are safe. My tiny very likely born prematurely (twins are born early very often ) babies who will have no choice but to be immunosuppressed…..then we are protected because the viruses aren’t going around.
    Vaccinate.
    Thank you

  10. June 11, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Here in California USA you are legally obligated to vaccinate your kids, or they cannot attend daycare or public school. I’m honestly thankful for this law. Vaccines are definitely the lesser of two evils.

    • Harriet June 11, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      That’s you guys doing it right !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.