“My son is the youngest of six.
He loves to play, and he’s the youngest person in the house,” says Livia.
“He loves his toys and loves his friends, and it’s so important that he’s safe.
I just wish he would have gotten that vaccine.”
The vaccine was recommended in 2009 after the first cases of a rare coronavirus strain that had not yet been detected in the U.S. In 2010, the government began distributing a vaccine, the MMW-9, to nearly every state in the country, and this year the U and U.K. are among the first nations in the world to be able to get it.
But some parents still don’t feel safe to get the vaccine, even after a vaccine has been made available.
“It’s not a safe thing to do.
There’s so many people dying,” says Liz, who doesn’t want to give her last name.
“They don’t have the ability to say ‘No.’
There are no vaccines that are 100% effective.
There are some things we know are effective but the vaccine’s only been approved in the last year or so.”
She points to the vaccine for Hib, which can be fatal if not given correctly, as proof that vaccines can’t be trusted.
“I can’t tell you how many people who’ve died, they didn’t get vaccinated,” she says.
“And it’s the same with measles, which has been around for decades, and we have to have that shot every time.”
The United Kingdom is one of just a few countries in the Western world where parents are allowed to choose which vaccine to get.
And while it is still illegal to refuse the vaccine because of personal beliefs, a government report published this month found that nearly 40 percent of parents in the UK have refused it.
The report found that parents of children under 18 who were vaccinated in the past year, and whose parents opted out of the vaccine due to their religious or philosophical beliefs, were three times more likely to refuse than those who were not vaccinated.
It also found that those who received the vaccine but didn’t use it had a 50 percent higher risk of getting measles.
“There’s a stigma around vaccines in the United Kingdom,” says Simon.
“People feel unsafe because they’re worried about what people will say.
It’s very scary.”
Livia and Liz worry that if they do decide to get vaccinated, they will be pressured into not getting vaccinated because they will feel guilty for refusing.
But they say they won’t let it stop them from taking the vaccine.
“No, we won’t give up,” says Robin.
“We will not let this stop us.
I believe in the vaccine.”
They have a message for other parents: “We’re all in this together.
And we’re not going to let anyone hurt you or take away your right to choose.”
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