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How To Parent In The Age Of Anti-Vaxxers

On top of everything else you need to worry about as a parent, 2019 brings with it the worry that others around you might be anti-vaxxers.

Considering we are almost a fifth of the way through the 21st century, it's astounding to see how often people continue to deny science. That millions believe the Earth to be flat, or ignore that climate change is happening all around us and it may be too late to stop it. An issue even closer to home for many of us is the frankly baffling anti-vaxx movement.

Evan McGarvey recently wrote in The Outline about an experience he had at a dentist's office. After his child had undergone a procedure, he noticed some anti-vaxx pamphlets available for patients to read in the waiting room. Somewhat irate, understandably, McGarvey questioned what the practice's stance was on vaccines. They replied with half answers and effectively revealed that it was "neutral" on the topic.

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It's bad enough that parents living around us might be refusing to vaccinate their children, but medical facilities also not taking a stance against it is downright terrifying. McGarvey rightfully points out that it is effectively medical professionals sitting on the fence so that they don't upset any of their patients, regardless of which side of the argument they fall on.

All we can really do is make sure as best we can that our children aren't interacting with those who are unvaccinated. On top of that, continue to educate those who are part of the anti-vaxx movement. Although, as is continually proved with climate change deniers and flat Earthers, they can also be pretty stubborn. Some cities and countries have begun to fine parents who don't vaccinate their children, but in some cases that might make anti-vaxxers dig their heels in even more.

On the bright side, more and more schools are sending home children who are not up to date on their vaccines, and even requesting to see vaccination records. Outside of school, McGarvey admits that he and his wife have started to ask fellow parents if their children have been vaccinated before letting them play together. The trouble is figuring out a polite way to ask without offending them. Then again, the alternative is letting your children play with a child that might pass a deadly disease on to them.

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