My 9-year-old daughter would like to spend a month this summer visiting her cousins in Texas. Her cousins are the children of my ex-wife's sister. She and her husband run an evangelical Christian youth ministry from their very large home. In addition to their 4 children, they have adopted at least 2 more (I've lost count), and usually have 10-15 other preteens and teens on site most days as part of their mentoring program. Their project is to prepare misfit teens to become better evangelicals, and perhaps missionaries or ministers.
My former sister-in-law was vaccinated as a child, but neither her husband nor their children have ever been vaccinated. As far as I know, there have not been any medical repercussions so far. I have no idea whether the adopted kids or any of the kids in the youth ministry program are vaccinated. My daughter is fully vaccinated.
They are very watchful and savvy parents and youth ministers, so they are careful to keep the boys and girls separated and/or chaperoned as needed. I'm not the least bit worried about my daughter's safety and don't see any risk of molestation. All three of my ex-wife's daughters from her first marriage have made the same Texas pilgrimage, and were exceptionally self-righteous for a couple of weeks afterward, but eventually returned to normal.
If it were not for the Christian indoctrination and the spotty vaccinations, I would not have any qualms about sending my daughter for a month-long visit. I haven't said yet one way or the other whether I'll let her go for the visit because I'm not sure if I want my daughter to spend so much time in that environment. I doubt the subject of vaccination would come up, so I'm not all that worried that she'll come back a pseudoscientist, but I suppose I have some concern that she might be a carrier of an illness such as whooping cough, which she is vaccinated against, but which has become much more prevalent in this area due to vaccine hysteria.
Am I worrying too much, or am I not worried enough?