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It seems like vaccinating your kids used to be a given, but now it's such a huge controversy. I hate that I feel like I have to explain why I choose to vaccinate and that I have to feel defensive. I hate that so many people imply that if you do your research, you'll decide not to vaccinate, and that's simply not true. Of course I worry that now "the herd" isn't as strong as it once was and my boys will get sick even though they've been vaccinated.
I worry that if the MMR vaccine did not work on my oldest that he could bring it home and infect my youngest who has not yet had it. When I was pregnant with Daniel, I learned that my rubella immunity had worn off and it could be very serious for my unborn baby if I contracted it, and with herd immunity dwindling it was much more of a possibility than in years past. Most of my concerns center around my youngest, until he's had all his vaccines anyway. I'll still worry a little about whether they were effective and what could happen when they come into contact with unvaccinated children. Apparently the MMR just plain doesn't work on some people in my family. My mother had to have a couple of them, and I have a cousin who has had somewhere between four and six of them in adulthood alone and keeps coming up not immune so they gave up. I hope I haven't passed on whatever causes that to my kids, but it seems pretty common on my mother's side of the family. Some of us rely on herd immunity whether we like it or not.