All over the internet for the past week or so, has been a story about a Vegan mother who was forced to vaccinate her children. Strangely, all media outlets focused on the fact that she was vegan, insinuating that this is the sole reason why she risked the health and wellbeing of her children.
The case was taken to court, with the mother losing. Both children will now be vaccinated for diseases including measles, meningitis, polio and diphtheria.
The mother cited her reason for not giving them vaccines as so;
“It is not natural to be injected with metal elements and as a vegan it goes against my beliefs for my children to be injected with something that is grown on animal cells or something that has been tested on animals.”
Although it is true that vaccines often use animals in their process of development, her thinking is extremely flawed. This would be a valid reason for not using optional items such as cosmetics or household items, however vaccines are extremely different.
There is no denying that vaccines are absolutely essential. A parents personal beliefs must come second to the priority of her children’s health.
It may not be natural to receive a vaccine, however it is also not natural to receive a heart transplant or a blood donation. We can no longer rely on what is simply ‘natural’ in the world we now live in.
To vaccinate may also go against her personal beliefs, however she needs to have the health of her children as her priority.
She was also reported as being suspicious of modern medicine in general.
This is clearly not a veganism issue, but a deep rooted issue with the mother. Veganism is about not consuming animal products as far as is practical and possible. It is not responsible to deny your children of vaccines, whether they are vegan or not.
It’s a shame that papers have sold this as an issue of veganism, when there are plenty of non-vegan mothers who may be forced to vaccinate her children also. Vaccines are a medical, not a vegan issue.