Please, For The Love Of God Vaccinate Your Children

Vaccinating Your Children Should Be A No-Brainer If You Want Them To Be Healthy

Don't you want your kids to be happy, healthy, and successful?

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First of all, vaccinations do not cause autism, so let's just dispel that myth right from the get-go. For real though, it shouldn't be a difficult conclusion to make when tasked with vaccinating your children, loved ones, or even yourself.

Most people have a tendency to only believe certain things they hear or read about, and ignore what they don't want to believe. Why is it that when the CDC tells us romaine lettuce is not good for consumption everyone is immediately wary of every leaf of lettuce everywhere, but when the exact same organization proves definitively with scientific evidence that vaccines save lives and prevent deadly pandemics its considered propaganda or lies?

The whole point of a vaccine is that it introduces the body and immune system to a disease or virus in a small enough dose that the virus is not contracted and no harm is done. When confronted with foreign antigens, the body produces antibodies to fight them.

Diseases that once crippled human civilization as a whole, namely infections such as smallpox, polio, and the measles, have been all but eradicated and are no longer an imminent danger because the majority of people are vaccinated for them.

Introduction to these viruses via controlled and lab-orchestrated doses is the safest and most effective way to ensure that you avoid contracting the disease. The vaccines do in fact contain the virus it is aiming to prevent, but the antigens are either killed or weakened to the point of harmlessness before being injected. It is possible to still get sick from these injected antigens, however, the virus is weaker and will not do as much damage.

The human body is an amazing mechanism. After being introduced to certain antigens and creating the proper antibodies to protect us, our bodies "remember" the virus, and if ever confronted with it again, they can fight it with ease.

You may say, "But I got my flu shot and still ended up with the flu, and its because I got the shot", but this is untrue. There are actually three types of influenza, and within each type, there are many more strains. Scientists and medical professionals analyze tons of data from past flu seasons and look for tendencies and patterns to best predict which version of the flu virus will sweep across the globe. If these predictions are wrong, we could be vaccinated for a different influenza strain than the one that we are susceptible to contract.

Now does this mean you shouldn't get your flu shot or any other vaccination for that matter? Absolutely not. It is significantly more beneficial to get the vaccination for whatever ailments could plague you because prevention is always better, easier, and less painful than treatment.

Aside from the personal health dangers that arise among anti-vaxxers, if you are not vaccinated or if your children are not vaccinated, you are putting everyone around you in immediate danger. Children's immune systems are especially fragile, and if your child is not vaccinated he or she is much more likely to be a carrier of a harmful disease that could then be contracted by other children.

Vaccinations are about more than pride or distrust in science and medicine; they are a matter of life and death in some cases. It is unfair to subject others to dangerous diseases that could injure and possibly even kill them. Much like secondhand smoke, they could suffer from decisions that they had nothing to do with when they just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

At this point in the course of human development, there is plenty of evidence to prove that vaccinations do no bodily harm and will only benefit the recipient in the future. To all my anti-vaxxers who have made it this far: please reconsider your decision. Not only are you placing yourself at risk for contracting a potentially fatal disease, but you are also endangering those around you that you may inadvertently cause harm to. Please vaccinate yourself and your kids, and the world will be a better, safer, healthier place to live.

And if I haven't changed your mind, I hope I've at least made you consider the health of other people besides just yourself.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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10 'We're Going To Disney World' Reactions That Will Make You Wish You Had Kids

And lots of money.

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Looking for a good cry today? Take a scroll through this list of "We're Going To Disney World" reaction videos and I promise, you'll be singing "When You Wish Upon A Star" and sobbing by the end.

1.  Movie trailer.

Mom and Dad put together a fake movie trailer as a way for the kids to guess what was going on (the first minute and a half of the video). I lost it when baby girl started crying. The way they squeal with each other when they find out they're having breakfast with the princesses is priceless. I'm already done, guys.

2.  Game of pictionary.

Okay, these kids are the absolute cutest. Like the cutest ever. I pretty much died when brother hugged his little sister.

(I definitely recommend your turn your volume down for this one, though. You'll see what I mean.)

3.  Mystery presents.

THIS WAS SO CREATIVE AND CUTE. WHY DOESN'T MY SIBLING DO CUTE THINGS FOR ME? Seriously though, this was so incredibly creative and thoughtful. I love the gag gifts that seem so random until she puts it all together. Ugh. So sweet. Plus grandma recording in the background is the cutest thing ever.

4.  Christmas unboxing surprise.

Little man stole my heart in this one. His reaction was literally everything. He RUNS into moms arms and SOBS. And now I'm sobbing. And then he thanks mom and dad like a bunch of times. This just seems like the sweetest family.

5. Luxury limousine.

This was cute as is and then got even cuter as the limo pulled up. This kiddos were so cute and giggly and I love that momma made sure they knew how much she and daddy loved them. Ugh, so pure. I hope they had the best time.

6.  Sleeping beauty.

This little girl went zero to a hundred REAL quick. From dead asleep to jumping on the bed in less than a minute. She was so precious with her "let's go" and "how do I look" comments. And she thanked her parents! Man, I want to be her friend.

7. Bursts of tears.

I lost it with little dude started crying, BUT THEN LITTLE GIRL BURST OUT IN TEARS AND I REALLY LOST IT. This was TOO CUTE TO HANDLE. Also can we talk about how adorable these guys looked in their hats? I literally can't.

8.  Mickey cookies!

These girls are the sweetest when they realize they're going to Disney World, AND that their bags are already packed in brand new suitcases. How fricken cute. Look at their cute little skip to the bathroom, and how excited they get over the new suitcases. Who knew kids even got excited over suitcases? These girls are adorable and their momma is the best. ALSO, HER COOKIES LOOKED AMAZING.

9.  Gulf of Mexico.

These kids were SHOOK when they realized their usual drive to Iowa was looking a little different than usual. Props to mom and dad for utilizing the OG Mickey Mouse Club theme song to drop the bomb on their kiddos. And props to them for keeping it a secret until ten hours in on their drive! I also love how it took bud a second to process the news before it finally hit him.

10.  Today?

This sweet baby cried happy tears when she found out she was getting to go to Disney World that day.I think her sister was just glad she didn't have to go to the dentist. Needless to say, I cried when she cried.

"Disney World?"

Time to birth some children and save my entire salary so I can make all the dreams come true. I only hope my kids are at least half as cute as all of these babies.

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