There’s another AP story making the rounds about people who don’t vaccinate their kids. And this time it seems Colorado has the second highest unvaccinated rate — 7% — behind Alaska. That’s worrisome for me. My granddaughter is 5 years old and in kindergarten, just the right age for exposure to unvaccinated classmates. My grandson is in the third grade now, and also at risk.
I’ve no sympathy for antivaxxers. If their religious convictions are involved, that’s one thing. But most simply believe they know more about the side effects and risks of vaccinations than all the researchers, scientists, and doctors in the country who have been diligently studying childhood vaccinations for decades.
My position on this is very simple. If you don’t vaccinate your kids, you have no right to send them to school and potentially expose everyone else to god knows what. That’s my rule, anyway; I don’t know about the schools’ rules. Take your unvaccinated kids and go live in the boonies where you don’t endanger everyone else in school and in the neighborhood. You have the right to make your decision, but you don’t have the right to expose others to its consequences.
So that’s my position. Vaccinate your kids. If you don’t, don’t send them to school to mix with and potentially infect others. It’s highly irresponsible.