A former anti-vaxxer has written a powerful post about why she changed her mind about immunising her kids – and every parent who’s still ‘on the fence’ needs to read it.
‘It’s hard to know which side of the vaccination debate to believe.’
‘No matter if we vaccinated or not, it’s just a coin toss with horrible risks either way.”
‘It’s not necessary in this day and age.’
If you have heard those arguments against vaccination, and considered them even vaguely valid, you need to talk to Tara Hills.
Because this Canadian mother used to doubt whether vaccines were safe or necessary herself — and it wasn’t until her own seven children came down with a potentially deadly disease that she dug up the solid answers she needed to make the right decision for her family.
Writing for Scientific Parent, Ms Hills wrote that while she’d vaccinated the first three of her kids, she stopped their vaccination schedule because she wasn’t sure she could trust medical science.
“Was the medical community just paid-off puppets of a Big Pharma-Government-Media conspiracy? Were these vaccines even necessary in this day and age? Were we unwittingly doing greater harm than help to our beloved children?,” she wrote in the powerful post. “So much smoke must mean a fire so we defaulted to the ‘do nothing and hope nothing bad happens’ position.”
When her kids came down with a dry cough after a games night with some relatives, Ms Hills and her husband Gavin thought nothing of it — but after a week, when the symptoms worsened, Ms Hills sensed it was more than a regular cold.