Angela K. Pearson had a very powerful reason to opt out of the standard CDC-recommended vaccination schedule for her youngest children. Immediately after her healthy elder son was vaccinated, he developed systemic lupus, the autoimmune disease her father had, which has produced lifelong symptoms. Her daughter and youngest son, Grayson, have remained perfectly healthy without any vaccinations. And yet, on the heels of Grayson entering first grade Governor Andrew Cuomo, of NY, announced a mandate that only vaccinated children could attend school in the state, banning more than 26,000 children from school. (Similar laws have been enacted in California.)
As a result, Angela was forced to quit her very successful corporate career to be a stay-at-home mom. But she was especially concerned about the impact that this rejection and the resulting ostracism by other children and parents on Grayson. So while seeking to restore his sense of self-esteem and emotional equilibrium, she hit upon the idea of a children’s book – for Grayson and other similarly-situated children, told from Grayson’s view point.Thus was born I am Not Contagious, a children’s book that explores a child’s frustration at these adult issues, but also the wisdom to know there is nothing wrong with him or her. The book is a heartwarming story from a youngster’s perspective, filled with confidence, compassion and courage.
Angela advocates for informed consent and believes that vaccines are not a one-size-fits-all solution...that
family history must be taken into consideration. I am Not Contagious also includes puzzles and lessons on basic freedoms and individual rights.