In this powerful Facebook video commentary, Kami Altenberg Schaal, a nurse of 22 years, shares her experience when four out of five members of her fully vaccinated family (including boosters and measured titers) came down with mumps. Kami did everything right, including reporting the outbreak to her health department who refused to inform her school district of her family's fully vaccinated status “because it could give the 'anti-vax' movement some fodder, some assistance.”
Kami experienced first hand the rude and ignorant comments that parents of vaccine injured children often endure from pro-vaccine advocates; and she urges those who might be quick to judge and point fingers to be kinder to those who have experienced vaccine injury and loss.
Thank you Kami Altenberg Schaal for having the courage and integrity to speak out. There is so much wisdom in your message. God bless you and your family.
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“…I am not even sure if I would have agreed or believed what I’m going to talk about, if it did not happen to me and my family.” - Kami Altenburg Schaal
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“I really never wanted to enter this controversial argument but I have learned a lot and cannot stay quiet any longer.”
“It’s so much easier to blame another person than realize you’re at risk…”
“I know people, personally, who brought their kids in to their get vaccinations and they brought a different kid home. Some tragedy happened…I don’t know. I don’t know what it was; but to assume that they are wrong and that their life experience doesn’t matter because we can’t explain it, isn’t fair. It just isn’t fair.”
“If we’re having a resurgence of these diseases that we thought were gone, the last thing we want to be is choosing sides. The last thing we want to do is not be listening to each other; because the one way that we can get through this is to create more knowledge and ask really good questions…scientific questions and put some pressure on the CDC or our government to say let’s research this…The bottom line is, people get hurt from vaccines; and we probably don’t understand why or how or the mechanism; but for us to sit there from our high horse, because our kids are fine, and say, “get them anyway” …but you’ve got these families who have been devastated by vaccine injuries; that is super short-sited…let’s have a conversation and let’s figure out if maybe there’s this group of kids or something that’s saying, hey, these kids don’t do well with vaccines and why…There’s so much we don’t know; but if we shut down the conversation and make it an us vs. them, nobody wins; nobody wins…”
“As a parent, it doesn’t matter if the risk of something or anything is one in a million. If that thing happens to your child, that’s the only statistic that matters.”
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