I Won't Have Children Until You Vaccinate Yours

I Refuse To Have Kids Until You Vaccinate Yours

Deciding not to vaccinate doesn't just involve your child—it involves everyone else's.

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In 2018, 124 cases of measles have been reported.

In 2000, this disease was considered "eliminated."

Why are measles suddenly making a comeback?

It's easy: parents think they know better than doctors and refuse to vaccinate their children.

Well, if that's the case, why bring more children into this world just to risk their own health?

The truth is, not vaccinating your children isn't doing them any good.

Vaccinating your child won't give them autism, make them sick, give them cancer, or cause their bodies to shut down because of the vaccine's ingredients.

Vaccinations are incredibly important for your own child's health and others.

When one child isn't vaccinated, it puts other children at risk for these once eliminated diseases, and I don't want to have a child who could be in danger because of someone's stupid, selfish, self-righteous decision.

What if I have a child who is born with an illness and is unable to be vaccinated? What if your child spreads a disease to my baby before it can get vaccinated against it? Why would I want to bring a child into this world knowing there is a huge risk they could be exposed to a life-threatening disease because a suburban mom thinks she knows better than a doctor?

There's a difference between what a doctor has to learn and what anti-vaxxers learn.

Doctors spend countless hours studying health and medicine, finding ways to better understand the human body, disease, and how to help protect and preserve our health. Anti-vaxxers read blogs lacking in solid facts and evidence and give in to the pressure and brainwashing mindset of anti-vaxx Facebook groups. Why is the latter seen as more important and true?

In all honesty, not vaccinating your children is irresponsible, ignorant, reckless, and down-right idiotic.

You would rather put your own child's and other children's lives at stake because you believe a mom blog and some uneducated Facebook groups taught you better.

If you don't care for your child and don't want to protect them as much as possible, you don't deserve to be a parent.

The choices you make in regards to your kid's health will affect everyone else around them. Deciding not to vaccinate your child doesn't just involve your kid—it involves everyone else's.

You should not be bringing children into this world if you're not going to be responsible and vaccinate them. As long as this is the case, I'm not going to bring children into this world. I'm not going to risk having a child who could be exposed to your child and your irresponsible choices. I'll be the responsible one since you won't be.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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What Rescuing a Dog Taught Me About My Future

She was a real pain to begin with, but I wouldn't give her up for the world now.

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