Dear Anti-Vaccine Activist,
I saw my brother today who told me a sad story. The small child living next door to him had just passed away from the flu. He also told me that another nearby neighbor was very much against vaccines and likely influenced the parents of the deceased child not to get a flu shot.
As I lay in bed that night, thinking of the tragedy, my beautiful autistic five year old climbed into bed with me and fell asleep in my arms. I thought of the heartache and suffering a family was going through, grieving for their lost child. I wondered if the incident would change the neighbor's view on vaccines. I wondered if the parents of the dead child would somehow hold this family responsible - if there would be animosity. I wondered if they would fear for their own unvaccinated children now that a deadly flu virus is circulating their neighborhood. But most of all, as I lay there, I wondered, if conclusive evidence was revealed that vaccines caused autism, if the government and the vaccine manufacturers openly admitted it, would I be sorry that I had vaccinated my autistic child?
Dear anti-vaccine activist, I want you to know that the answer is no, I would not be sorry I had vaccinated my child even though she is autistic. My daughter is not high functioning, she has many, many problems and we have been down a rough road paying for therapy out of our own pockets. While I do hope that new treatments and possibly a cure will help her in the future I must accept the fact that I will likely physically and financially care for her for the rest of my life and pray fervently that someone else will care for her when I am gone. That said, my child is alive! She is wonderfully, exquisitely alive and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Just thought you should know,