My son’s vaccine injury has kept me from believing in the system. It’s also kept me from being grateful for pharmaceutical companies, especially ones that cannot be held responsible for damages their products cause. So when I heard that a pharmaceutical company listened to the people and created something that the people wanted - and that we were being asked to thank them, my interest was piqued. It stayed piqued when I learned that a morally acceptable vaccine, a vaccine that did not contain aborted fetal cell lines, was now on the market for consumers.
I’ve written about how certain ingredients found in some vaccines go against my beliefs as a Catholic. Aborted fetal cell lines? In vaccines? Yes. That revelation was one of the first things that made me begin to question vaccines my children were scheduled to receive. At the time, I was faithful to the schedule and hadn’t planned on deviating from it. I can’t recall now who told me about the cell lines, but the more I started to read about the process the more horrified I became.
I still have print outs of what I’d started to look up. I still have emails between friends and a local doctor who shared the same concern that I did. These other parents and I knew that we couldn’t opt for those vaccines. But what could we do? Our kids’ pediatricians were quick to tell us our children needed them. Schools were even quicker to tell us young parents that our children needed those vaccines for school entry (which I later learned was not entirely true). Some parents were beginning to delay their kids’ shots and others quietly opted out completely. I respected their decision, but I was the one mom who planned to continue to take her children to their well-child visits religiously. The problem of how to stay on schedule became a bigger problem though. Determined to not veer from it, I remember doing everything I could to find vaccines not created with those cell lines. I even called other pediatrician offices in other towns to ask which manufacturers they used. Everyone used the ones we Catholics should not be using. I was at a crossroads: give my kids the shots that go against my morals, or consider opting out. I hadn’t planned on opting out, but I eventually had to. In hindsight, I want to thank the Lord for that!