Name calling in the name of science

Yesterday someone on Facebook accused me of murder.

Yes, you read that right.  Murder.  I am a murderer because I didn’t get a flu shot.

In refusing flu shots, I am killing someone with a compromised immune system by exposing them to my unvaccinated self.    A self which hasn’t had the flu in a long time (not since I got a flu shot that one time oh so many years ago, in fact) but which nevertheless is apparently killing people right and left because of my gross incompetency and lack of scientific understanding.

My kids, my husband, my parents – we’re a regular crime syndicate.   Not one of us has gotten a flu shot in years (my kids have never had them, actually.)

And my kids are not vaccinated at all.


Science denier.




I suppose, as an unschooling family,  I should be used to the name-calling by now, especially on social media and in the press.  But what gets me about the anger and name-calling surrounding the vaccine issue is that everyone assumes that if I’m not vaccinating my kids I am doing NOTHING to protect them and the people around them from contagious disease.    Which is far from the truth, but nobody listens as soon as you say you haven’t gotten the shots.

And I’m not talking about eating organic kale and quinoa and “living a healthy lifestyle”.  I mean, I think we live a fairly healthy lifestyle, but unless you reside in – well, I don’t know where – you will be exposed to environmental toxins and substances that can, despite all your leafy green antioxidant efforts, compromise your immune system.

I’m talking about actual health care on an active and ongoing basis.  Health care that spots any illness and treats it, usually before there are symptoms or it can be contagious.

But I can’t talk about that with most people.  Especially those consumed by anger who throw around words like killer and criminal.

My health care provider can’t really talk about  it either – at least not in the media or on a large scale.  Not because it doesn’t work, but because if Big Pharma got wind of what could be done without their drugs and perceived it as a threat to their bottom line, they would use their considerable profits and powerful Washington lobby to crush anyone practicing such alternative care.

Effective alternatives to traditional vaccines are out there.  Just because you don’t vaccinate doesn’t mean you are negligent.

None of what I’m saying here will make an iota of difference, I’m sure.  If you agree with me, then you are probably one of the criminals, too.   And if you don’t?  Well, since actual conversation is never an option when it comes to vaccines, I suppose you can add your chosen epithet for my irresponsible behavior in the comments below.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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One Response to Name calling in the name of science

  1. M says:

    Murderer???? Wow!!! Well, that makes me one also then. Facts don’t seem to be a popular thing these days. Or personal responsibility. Or freedom of choice. But well then……………