Last Updated: August 25, 2020
There's a lot of misinformation about vaccines online, and sometimes well-meaning parents fall into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories and made-up "facts." While they often intend to protect their children, not vaccinating has the opposite effect,  and leaves kids more vulnerable to dangerous and even deadly diseases.
Please keep in mind that while experts agree that vaccines are safer than the diseases they prevent and that serious side effects are extremely rare,   it's usually good for a trustworthy adult to supervise you during and after the event. Try to tell your parents or guardians so they can help you in the unlikely event of a problem.
Method 1 - Making Plans
-Get vaccinated in secret (if your local laws allow it). Run the risk of your family finding out.
-Try asking for your family to let you be vaccinated. You may be able to convince them.
-Try asking your doctor, your school nurse, or another responsible adult to help convince your family.
-Petition the court for emancipation if your parents are really bad.
-Wait until you're 18 if you think that your parents would severely punish or abuse you if they learned that you disobeyed them.
Method 2 - Talk to Parents
2. Try talking to your parents. Explain your own worries, and let them voice theirs. Make sure that it's a two-way conversation, and you show respect for their perspectives (even when they frustrate you). It takes time, and often good listening skills, to change people's minds. Try saying things like:
-"Why did you choose not to vaccinate me? Were you afraid something bad would happen if you did?"
-"I've read about what shingles can do to the body. I'm scared. I don't want that to happen to me."
-"I've found some research on vaccine safety. May I show it to you?"
-"I understand that people are saying a lot of scary things, and that it can be hard to figure out what's true and what isn't true. I know it must be difficult for you."
-"What could I do to show you how much this means to me?"