This Is Why I'll Always Keep On Top of My Family's Vaccine Schedule

Having access to immunizations is a privilege

This Is Why I'll Always Keep On Top of My Family's Vaccine Schedule

Maybe it’s because it took almost forever to become a parent that I feel so strongly about holding my kids close and protecting them from illness, accidents and harm.

Maybe it’s because I have a compromised immune system myself. I have Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder. I know I can’t afford to get ill. When I get sick, I have a much higher likelihood of ending up hospitalized than your average mom does.

Maybe it’s because our babies, both adopted as infants, needed more health care, more nurturing, support, and security, because circumstances of their birth were not what I would have wished and their fragile immune systems struggled for years.

We fought hard to become a family, so I think it’s normal that we feel the need to hold close this incredible gift of parenthood we were given. Health isn’t something everyone has. It’s something you have to work hard at and it’s a privilege. So I vaccinate for them—for all of us. Here are my reasons why...

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This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions of the author are their own.

Mom of two teen girls, Paula Schuck, likes to joke that she's the Keeper of the Sanity, and some days that's the hardest job going. Paula (aka @inkscrblr) is a social media consultant and she writes about travel, parenting and health at Thrifty Mommas Tips. She lives in London, Ontario and is always hunting for the next mountain to ski.