Just when I think we can breathe a little sigh of relief, attacks against our community make headlines again. I expect it more nowadays, but it’s pitiful how much corporate media despises parents in our community. Who are we? We’re those who thought to question liability-free vaccines. We’re also people who stand up against forced liability-free vaccines.
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Part of me is in disbelief that our efforts have achieved national spotlight. But the other part of me thinks, well, it’s about time! With all of the media’s energy and effort on drumming up vaccine sales and supporting vaccine policy, it’s hard to escape the topic. Once a private matter, all sorts of platforms have taken on the subject. Vaccine consumers would normally benefit from having platforms to talk about how their government supports pharmaceutical products that can fail. But not anymore. When former pro-vaccine parents in our community speak up, it’s become bad for business. Unless you’re all for vaccines, even the ones that cause the illness officials claim they will prevent, it’s not wise to speak up. Social media giants are making sure to shut us down, too.
That’s too bad because it was another parent who took time to take me aside to talk to me about vaccines and the adverse events that can follow vaccination, not any of the medical professionals my son was seeing. Those professionals wanted me to keep on vaccinating, even though the illnesses and medical problems he was having presented post-vaccination. When I tried to point that out, I got a sympathetic look and one of these pat responses: Vaccines are best. They’re for his health. We believe they’re for the greater good. And hey, he needs them to get into school, too. I got nowhere with medical people. Other parents, who were never judgmental and who were always willing to share their time even though they, too, had a child with special needs, were quick and happy to help me. It’s through their knowledge and guidance that made me realize I how little I knew about vaccines, including that they could cause serious issues.
Sadly, some parents are still very late to the party and are only now being made aware of table injuries, of Vaccine Court, and of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). But ironically, thanks to the media perseverating on vaccines, those aspects of vaccines are finally part of the conversation. Parents who’ve reached out to me privately recently are none-to-pleased that they have never been made by aware by any medical person that injuries are possible. Never have they been informed that the NVICP exists either. Imagine their shock when they realize that our government has paid out over $4 billion to families for vaccine injury and death. These parents might not get the whole picture from their doctors, but with the media’s incessant vaccine postings, at least new parents are beginning to learn what several of us did not learn in time – that not every vaccine is safe, and not every vaccine provides benefits.
No other product gets the free pass that liability-free vaccines get here in America. That’s thanks to the legislators who allowed the pharmaceutical industry to do what they wanted and when they wanted and with no repercussions. The industry, along with a growing number of industry-persuaded politicians and the media, speaks in absolutes. Their opinion is the only opinion that matters. According to them, vaccines are only safe, only effective, and should be mandated for all. But, when those of us who were once pro-vaccine speak up, we have a different message.
Based on our personal experience and based on the incredible amount of information we gathered after our children were harmed, we don’t criticize less-informed parents like the papers do. Our suggestions come with something the media refuses to use and doesn’t expect—we speak with respect:
If you chose to vaccinate, you might want to read as much as you can about the liability-free product first.
Remember, according to the CDC, all vaccines can come with risks.
In some states, your child is still able to go to school without having to follow the recommended schedule. It’s worth looking into.
After you’ve had every question answered fully, trust your instinct. Keep in mind that it was given to you for a reason.
The read, ask, read some more suggestions parents like me offer are tips, not demands like what some of the latest state bills and federal acts include—vaccinate or else! The only absolute I, the parent of a vaccine-injured child, will state is that I absolutely regret not knowing as much as I should have before my child was vaccinated. That fact will stay with me the rest of my life.
Knowing I could have prevented some of what my child went through weighs on every decision I now make. With that, I want other parents to avoid what I did not. To the parents who are listening to moms like me, who are reading as much as they can now, and who dare question the medical professionals faster than I thought to, you have my support. You have my complete admiration. As you go forward, may you find the answers you are looking for, the people you can trust with your child’s health, and the peace of mind to be brave in this strange world of vaccine insanity.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.