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The internet can be a great source of information- from movie reviews to new recipes. Even researching health information can be done online through a variety of websites. However, it's imperative that parents thoroughly research the source of their information. Parenting forums are a good place to start for ideas, but when it comes done to making importance decisions about your children's health, make sure the information your using is accurate up-to-date and correct. My favorite websites that share important vaccination information are:
- The Vaccine Education Center-http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-cent
- Vaccinate Your Baby- www.vaccinateyourbaby.org
- CDC- http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/infants-toddle
-Immunization Action Coalition -http://www.vaccineinformation.org/infants-children
It's always so important to make sure your source of information is a reputable website and has the proper credentials to speak about the topic at hand.
09-06-2013 02:50 PM
09-06-2013 02:51 PM
I am so skeptical about vaccines but I could never just not vaccinate my kids. My son is now 14 months old and at his 1-year checkup I had decided that there was no way I was going to let them stick him with up to six vaccines and take his blood so my husband and I decided to do one shot at a time- a specialist told us that one shot at a time reduces his exposure to all the preservatives and aluminum in the vaccines. He said the aluminum is the problem when people associate vaccines with Autism. The massive amount kids receive when they get 4-6 shots at a time is a concern but he also said not to mention Autism as my main reason for doing the shots one at a time to my pediatrician because they will just jump all over me with statistics and reports about how safe the vaccines are. I just simply told my son’s doctor that I was concerned about reactions and not knowing which vaccine is causing what reaction when he gets more than one at a time- which is true. I bring my son to the pediatrician every 30 days for one booster shot and a dose of popsicle or lollipop! Giving babies sugar (or sugar water) a couple minutes before the injection raises dopamine and naturally lessens the pain. I found out when my son was born that you are not supposed to give kids any pain reliever before their shots- if the vaccine causes a fever you want to let it go because it raises the child’s immunity to whatever the injection was for. Ten years ago, when I had my daughter, we were encouraged to dose her with Tylenol an hour before the shots to get it working in her system and to reduce the amount of time between doses so she could get another after the shots were given. So much has changed since then! I hope this helps you some- this is such a hard topic and there really is no right or wrong choice. You just have to follow your heart <3
09-06-2013 10:01 PM
Hi. I can totally relate to your desire to hear what others are doing regarding vaccines. I have 3 boys...all 4 years apart. An 8, 4 and 2 month old. My 8 year old was vaccinated according to the normal schedule. Back then we didn't have a computer and I hadn't heard of autism yet. Excema and allergies and all the other crazy things weren't as common either. I vaccinated without thinking about it. By the time I was pregnant with my 4 year old most people knew someone that had autism and vaccines were in the hot seat, so I started researching them. My son had his 2 month shots and I still felt like I needed to research more before deciding not to continue. He had his 4 month shots and I felt this impending doom feeling in my heart during his visit. He never had another shot. My 2 month old has not had any. Let me give some insight to our lifestyle. I am a stay at home mom. I homeschool. My kids have never been in a daycare setting accept at church. I breastfed both my older boys till they were 2. Same plans with this new baby. I waited till my kids were at least 6 months old to start on any foods. I rarely take my kids to the doctor nor have they been on many meds. I can count on 1 hand the # of meds they have been prescribed, one being for pinkeye, combined. I let virtually everything they get run its course so as to build their immune system naturally. I do not go out of my way to limit their interaction with other kids that have basic colds. I give them Tylenol/Ibuprofren at bedtime when they have a fever but rarely during the day. All my babies were born with no complications and full term. AND I pray for them often and thank God for showing them favor regarding good health. So far my vaccinated 8 year old and mostly unvaccinated 4 year old are equally healthy which makes it hard to decide if vaccinating is better or worse. Knowing the things that are in vaccines makes vaccinating very scary. I also had a hard time thinking of my perfectly happy, smiling baby changing overnight into a withdrawn "lights turned off inside" child after getting a vaccine like so many others have experienced. I have prayed and prayed about this and have come to the conclusion that whichever choice one makes they should be praying for their child. If they vaccinate, pray for no reactions or long term effects, if they don't vaccinate, pray that your child becomes immune to the disease by having only a very light case of it or doesn't get it at all. Either way there are very real risks. I was very lucky to have found a dr that acknowledges the risks on both sides and supported my decisions. Good luck with your decision and my advice...go with your intuition, not letting anyone change your end decision because ultimately you, not they, have to live with any consequences. Also take into consideration your lifestyle...smoking, working, breastfeeding, etc. if some of these variables had been different in my life, I may have made different decisions.
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09-07-2013 06:10 AM
This is a great website with information regarding vaccines.It is a non-profit group started by Barbara Fisher.I would listen to other parents before listening to the CDC and doctors who profit from the vaccines and rarely have done research on them.