A letter from a doctor to “those” parents.
Dear Anti-Vax Parents,
In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak, there’s been a lot of heated talk about parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. It seems like the medical community is now protesting even louder than the anti-vax groups were a couple years ago. But I want to take a moment and apologise for the harsh tone some of us have taken.
It’s not personal.
We’re not mad at you.
On the 7th of January, official of the California department of public health said they believe a person infected with measles was staying in the Disneyland theme park in December. The unknown patient infected others at the theme park. What started out as 7 people infected within California has become a national concern with the viral disease spreading to Colorado, Utah and Washington and schools shutting down in the Californian region to prevent the spread among unvaccinated children and babies.
We are mad at people like Andrew Wakefield, who fabricated a study linking vaccines to autism and scared millions of parents into avoiding vaccinations.
We are infuriated by Dr. Bob Sears, who certainly knows better, but capitalises on your fear for his own profit, while placing your children’s lives at risk.
It’s not your fault. You’ve been misled. You’ve been lied to.
And all you wanted to do was to protect your children, whom you love deeply. We’re really not that different.
Pediatricians across the country have dedicated their lives to protecting your children. None of us picked pediatrics for the money (although I like to make surgeons laugh by telling them that I did). We don’t get kickbacks from vaccine companies. None of us sells millions of books recommending that you follow the CDC’s immunisation schedule—that’s a hard book to get published. We get no joy from sticking your kids with needles (and neither do our nurses).
We do it because we care, and because we love your kids, too.