This story was submitted by Corina Johnson:
I’m an RN, first baby in 2007, a boy. I make plans to decline vaccinations. I do lots of vaccine research and my bro & sister-in-law lobby for homeschooling/vaccine parent support in Sacramento & send me their stories. So I take my newborn to the family pediatrician (who has seen several of my husbands’ siblings). I tell the CNA that I will not be vaccinating my baby. Ooooh, bad, she says.
The Ped steps in and wants to find out why I’m choosing to decline vaccination. I know this man from my dealings as a Labor & Delivery RN. I tell him the research I’ve done and why I don’t want to vaccinate. He says well, he cannot accept us as patients because he encourages vaccinations and feels it’s safe, so much so, that he has vaccinated his Grandchildren.
I say that it’s ok that his opinion differs from mine. He says no it isn’t because If I don’t agree with him on this issue then when else will I disagree with him, especially during an emergency when it’s a life or death situation. He does agree to do my boys’ circumcision but I’m in post partum depression breaking down at the front desk after I find out he won’t see us again unless we vaccinate.
Since then (and 2 more unvaccinated children) we have been kicked out of at least 5 Ped offices for our decision to not vaccinate. My kids are healthier than all of my friends and co-workers children. They comment about their vitality and vigor and are amazed that we don’t vaccinate.
I’ve had collegues and physician friends of mine chastise me for encouraging others to do their own research and decide for themselves whether they feel vaccinations are safe. I can go on about my experiences within the healthcare field, have many stories but my own is the most dramatic.