I think I’ve pieced something together based on an observation I had recently.
Recall that common response in the vaccine debate where parents promote vaccination by saying, “Your unvaccinated kids are going to spread disease to others!” Similar statements include, “Your dirty, unvaccinated kids are going to get mine sick!” And, “Keep your germy kids away from mine!”
Setting aside the stunningly obvious issue of their children being vaccinated and therefore theoretically protected, and setting aside the super duper stunningly obvious issue of our country maintaining herd immunity thresholds long enough to theoretically eradicate disease so that the few vaccine free people shouldn't have it, I’ve always been a little confused by this particular talking point.
I was raised in a family where if you were sick, you rested up, cleaned up your diet if applicable and focused on healing your body at home until well. We didn’t take medications to obscure or repress symptoms unless necessary for pain management. My mom didn’t “treat” a fever simply because it was a fever. She didn't try to combat the body, working against it by filling it with OTC meds routinely. We certainly weren’t dragged out into public or to hospitals and doctor offices while actively sick.
So, it took me until recently, as a mother in a peer group, to finally realize where this vaccination-disease-paranoia is coming from and why it persists. Here's what happened. A mom was holding her crying, sick child, squirting a dropper full of infant-version OTC meds down her throat. She looked up at me and said her daughter would be really unhappy if she didn't make it to this event and she had to go pick up her other child at camp.
When I saw this mom intentionally medicating her sick child so that she could attend a social event without looking sick, my mind flashed through all of it…the marketing, the products, the shelves filled with bottles and pills at the store…suddenly I realized what I had been missing all this time.
Parents today deliberately purchase products and give them to their sick children to disguise their illnesses. They deliberately medicate their children to hide the disease so that they can purposefully put their children into public places: school, daycare, camp, birthday parties, etc. Parents hide the signs of disease in their children, knowingly exposing other children to disease.
And those parents who do this are paranoid. They think parents who decline vaccination will try to “hide” measles, or chickenpox, or flu, or whatever. They think that when a vaccine-free child starts a fever, or starts to cough, or gets a rash, the parents will dope them up and send them back out to infect all the vaccinated children [who are somehow still at risk but that's another topic.]
They think if my kiddo gets sick, I will pump him full of dyed chemicals and shove him out onto a playground or into a classroom so all the other fully vaccinated children are exposed to the skeery disease.
They force their sick children to do this, so they are terrified of it happening to them.
As the adage says, the liar is always paranoid of being lied to by others.