Update – this lady has an illustrative story.
Yes, nine children. The oldest is now 65, the ‘baby’ 45. Mom is still kicking at 87. And to this day, the only time during those years that she deemed ‘awful’ was the summer of 1958.
54 years later and she now has 21 grandchildren and 14 great grandkids. All 21 were fully vaccinated. I can’t say that for the ‘greats’. Six of them are unvaccinated. Their parent’s, like my father once said; "Don’t believe in vaccines". Of course, with most of America’s children vaccinated now and the advances in caring for sick children-I don’t think their kids are at too great of risk. But I do worry for those who are; the elderly, the very young and those with immune disorders. I won’t preach at them, but I will share my mothers story of that ‘awful summer’
I have a number of friends who don’t like the government telling them what to do, and who are suspicious of the pharmaceutical companies (with some good reason.) But, there’s no question that basic vaccinations are the smart and responsible thing to do for our children.
Western Montana is experiencing a recurrence of pertussis. This disease that is so dangerous to the young can be controlled if we act together, using vaccination, social distancing and handwashing.