09-02-2013 01:39 AM
Im Shawna, 32, and about to have my first, and last baby. Pregnancy is brutal and I have no idea how my hubby deals with me. I am hard for me to deal with... So- I have a great deal of admiration and a bit of envy to you lucky ones who feel 'amazing, and like preganacy is all gumdrops and lollipops'.
OK- So- what is everyones thoughts regarding vaccines for kids?
I've been reading and reading- info from both sides of the fence. I, myself, am very skeptical about injecting my precious lil munchie with the vaccines. I know they have toxic, vial ingredients and preservitives that cause a whole slew of adverse reactions. Subsequently, I do not feel that doping my lil munchie up on Tylenol until he or she is better is briilliant idea either. I also understand that the pharmactical industry is a billion dollar power house and that there is more money to be made in creating disease than curing it.
I just wanted to see if there really are perfectly healthy unvaccinated kids out there somewhere today, in 2013. I know this is an extremely touchy subject for some people, and that is the reason I am asking. I appreciate everyones opinion. Regardless of which side you're on.
09-05-2013 03:38 PM
I am a nurse-midwife and have a degree in Public Health. When my son was diagnosed with autism, I researched this issue very carefully. I didn't just take the CDCs word for it, I looked at most of the studies myself. I feel very comfortable that vaccines do not cause autism or any other major conditions. The preservatives that are in vaccines are in forms that excrete from the body very quickly. Chances are if you and only you did not vaccinate your kids, they would be fine. However if many kids in your community were not vaccinated, there could be an outbreak. We recently had a measles outbreak in our city. If your child got the measles as an older child, they would probably be fine, but as a younger child it could be life threatening. The other thing is that many vaccines aren't given to kids until they are a year old, but they have a low chance of getting sick before then because older kids are vaccinated. An unvaccinated child who gets sick could spread the infection to a young infant or someone else who is immunocompromised. I commend you for thinking about every chemical that goes into your child's body. There are alot of resources for raising "green" babies or having a clean environment, and there's alot you can do that's not that difficult to minimize toxic exposures to your family. Remember, even though vaccines seem frequent in the first few years, its nothing compared to food that your child eats every day! I hope this helps. You will find alot of passionate voices on both sides of this issues, and I just wanted to share what I've learned both as a professional and a mom in a hopefully unbiased way! Congratulations on your impending birth!
09-05-2013 05:44 PM
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09-06-2013 08:21 AM
I am a new mom of an 8 month old. I too did alot of research on both sides however, I will say - I stuck with the facts of the medical and scientific communicty on this one. There was just too much risk to my little one with not vaccinating - There is a higher risk of serious illness and death if I did not vaccinate - the illnesses and complications that she could get resulting in not having the vaccines scared me. She has reacted very weel through three rounds so far - I have only had to give her tylenol 1 time AFTER 1 round - I never pre treated her. I did not want her to go through a bout of sickness of measles, or mumps, or any of the other diseases thata re resurfacing due to non vaccinations. Why would I put her through getting sick when I could prevent it? I would rather do everything in my power to help her than not and regret it later.
Plus, if the vaccines were so unsafe, don't you think there would be a MUCH higher rate of issues? There are BILLIONS of people who get vaccinbated all over the world. If they were that bad, we would see huge populations of children having bad reactions and serious side effects. Not just a small sampling. Anything can worng with anything but I felt safer knowing I am trying.
09-06-2013 08:28 AM
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09-06-2013 09:28 AM - edited 09-06-2013 09:30 AM
I researched the subject and decided not to vaccinate my baby, because in my opinion the risks outweighed the benefits. He's six months now, 25 lbs, and an extremely happy and social baby. I recommend reading The Vaccine Book by Dr.Sears.
BUT I only recommend this if breastfeeding. Formula does not provide the same natural protection.
09-06-2013 09:36 AM
Hello! I think it's good to always research topics regarding your parenting style and your childrens' well being - it means you're concerned and want to be sure you're doing the best thing by your kids. I am the mother of two small children and I do get them vaccinated; not just for their own safety and health, but for those around them who may be too ill to receive vaccines or can not receive vaccines for medical reasons. My children are in a playgroup and many of the kids in their playgroup now have brand new baby siblings and pregnant mommies that are all being exposed to our rough rascals of handsy toddlers and preschoolers and I know that by vaccinating my children I'm protecting them from serious illness as well as from being contagious carriers for their friends and their tiny, new tag-along siblings. However, when they were first born I came up with a few rules for our family regarding shots and that included:
1.) The hepatitis vaccine that is typically given at the hosital on day 1, my children would wait to receive at their first pediatrician visit at a week old. This was because no one in my family has hepatitis and my new babies were not at increased risk of contracting it in those first days (they never left the house). My pediatricians were wonderful and very accomodating and I felt better with my children getting the shot to protect their future, but delaying it a bit made me feel like it was giving their bodies a little more time to acclamate to their new world.
2.) I refused for my children to receive more than 3 shots per visit. This is based on anectdotal research that suggests that giving dogs several vaccines at one time can decrease their titers and therefore decrease the effectiveness of the vaccine (meaning they weren't protected or immune). While I realize dogs and people are very different, it was my way of justifying that I didn't feel comfortable with my child leaving the doctor's looking like a pin cushion. Again, my pediatrician has been very accomodating and we've worked out a shot schedule that keeps my children protected and vaccinated, but without over-doing it in one visit. I value the opinions of my pediatricians very much, after all they did study medicine for over 8 years and specialize in working with children, plus have gained new knowledge and experience daily as well as undergone rigorous continuing education programs with the purpose of making and keeping kids healthy - and I, comparatively, only have three years experience as a mother. Finding a pediatrician that was willing to explain the risk and benefits of each vaccine and was willing to listen, address my concerns, work out, and support an alternative shot schedule with me made me feel like I was doing the right thing by my kids.
My advice to you, is yes, do your own research and question things, however, keep in mind who you're speaking with and that there is no one true answer for all children. Don't fall into the trap of jumping on board with the latest trend or changing your ideals based on a rant by some preschoolers' mother who can't quote her facts or reference the study she is refering to. I like my alternative shot schedule, but that doesn't mean it's right for your bundle of joy. Find a pediatrician you love and who listens to your concerns and your child will be fine and it's ok to shop for the right doctor - I encourage you to do so, it's so worth it! Good luck!
09-06-2013 11:14 AM