I was thinking about the controversy over immunizing children.
I've read online that there was a recent episode of Law and Order: SVU where a mother who chose not to immunize her child was on trial for murder. Her child was exhibiting symptoms of measles, and another child (one too young to receive the MMR vaccine) was exposed and subsequently died. This episode has caused an uproar on many "mommy" discussion boards, from both the pro-immunization and anti-immunization camps. (Incidentally, I believe the mother was found "not guilty" on this episode.) Anti-immunization mommies are furious (and rightly so) that not vaccinating their children can brand them as "murderers". Many pro-immunization mommies are lauding the episode for bringing a "dangerous choice" out into the open.
Here's my opinion: a mother has every right to choose what she thinks is best for her children. If she makes the decision to decline immunizations for her children, good for her. It's none of my business to tell her how to raise her children. That episode should not have highlighted such a controversy in such a one-sided way. If you ask me, the problem was not that the mother chose not to vaccinate her child. The problem was that the mother didn't keep her SICK CHILD HOME. Mothers, if your child is sick, vaccinated or non-vaccinated, show some common sense and keep him/her at home! I promise to do the same with my sick children.
I am driven in all of my medical choices by a concept in Moroni 7:12 : "Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God." In my mind, anything created with the purpose to increase the health or longevity of an individual or reduce the pain or suffering of an individual is a good thing, and therefore has been inspired by God (this is a sweeping generalization, obviously--I'm sure there are many things that appear to be "good" but, in fact, aren't. This is where personal revelation comes in). I believe most medical professionals honestly have the best interests of their patients in mind and can receive inspiration from above when treating their patients. I've been extremely fortunate--all of the doctors I've visited have been excellent, and I've never felt the need to doubt their judgment or recommendations. If I did feel that need, I wouldn't hesitate to make my voice heard. The bottom line is, I reserve the right to make my own choices regarding my health care and that of my family. I just happen to choose to trust medical professionals who have my and my family's best interests at heart. This doesn't make me uninformed or naive. It doesn't make me a sheep.
Kyle has received all of the recommended immunizations at the recommended ages. I believe immunizations were created to reduce the occurrence of debilitating diseases, and to me, that is a good thing. I will probably choose to immunize all of my other children as well. To me, the benefits outweigh the risks.