A grandmother writing to Slate magazine’s “Dear Prudence” says she and her husband are going to be kept from seeing their grandchild.
The reason? The mother refuses to allow anyone who hasn’t been flu vaccinated to see the child. The grandmother, a former nurse-practitioner, says that she and her husband have not received flu shots in over a decade. She also says she’s “well-informed” over the matter.
As you might expect, Slate, a liberal extremist publication, takes the stance that the grandmother should not be able to see the child.
Read for yourself:
Q. Granny doesn’t want a flu shot: My son and his wife are expecting their first born, my first grandchild. We are all beyond excited. Here’s the hitch: I and my husband do not get or believe in flu shots, and have not for over a decade. I am a retired nurse practitioner, so am well-informed on the subject. The expectant mom’s mother says no one will be allowed around the baby unless they have had their flu shot. I am in a quandary. I don’t want to lie and say my husband and I have gotten one when we haven’t. But I don’t want to be left out of this little one’s life because that side of the family thinks I am being unreasonable by not caving to have a shot I do not want. By the way, both my husband and I have had all our regular vaccines. What should I do?
A: It’s great that you and your husband have had all your regular vaccines, but that has nothing to do with whether you could transmit the flu to your grandchild. That’s like hearing, “Would you like to get lunch?” and responding, “I had breakfast this morning.” It’s a good thing, to be sure, but not strictly relevant to the question at hand. You don’t say why you don’t “believe” in flu shots, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends them for everyone over the age of 6 months. I do not encourage you to lie about your vaccination status in order to get what you want, especially when that could potentially risk the baby’s health. You can’t get everything you want. If you decide that it’s very important not to get vaccinated, then you owe it to the people around you to be upfront about your vaccination status so they can make their own choices about their health.
There were a number of ways to respond if you support flu shots. And all of them could have supported family values.
But liberalism is all about the degradation of family values and the push for mass vaccinations. So the answer the writer comes up with is hardly a surprise.