Not every method is a clear-cut answer for every person, and no person should be held responsible and have a taana against them in shamayim that were the catalyst for another family’s health issues or rachmana l’tzlan worse.
We immunized our children in a timely fashion, and our doctor was always in awe of how we always came exactly on time to take care of the health of our children, and made sure to return again if they needed to postpone the vaccine.
A close relative received a vaccine and from that moment on was an invalid until her petirah 10 years later. The medical community confirmed that the vaccine was the reason for her ill health. At the time of her petirah, and the fact that many of our children were showing adverse reaction to their immunizations, we chose to do more research. We came to the conclusion that immunization was a health hazard for our family. We spoke with Gedolei Hador and Rabbonim for the halachic standpoint as well, and were advised to refrain immunization from that point on. We received a government waiver against immunizing our children, due to the fact that we have severe reactions to immunization in our family. We did not think that our personal health was the business of the public. This was a private issue in our family.
At this juncture, with many people passionate about the measles, we were forced by the school to vaccinate our children, or they would be outcasts of society.
We did research in the best possible way, and tried to boost their immune systems as much as we could before giving this immunization. We are now dealing with adverse reactions to the MMR shot. One of our children is now a member of the EPIPEN club as the reaction was so severe. After almost 4 weeks, we are still seeing the ill effects of the vaccine. Our child is angry at the hanhala of the school and can’t understand why everyone wants to cause harm to children who may have adverse reactions. It is difficult for us to explain this. Maybe everyone else can?
Please let us just remember that Hashem wants us to be b’Shalom and most importantly not to judge others. You may not know what is going on in another’s home. I hesitated to write this letter, but if maybe one person would be able to see the other side of the story, it would be worth it.
May we all be zoche to see the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days.
Wish we could sign our name but we are afraid for our family’s safety!
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