Vaccines

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I admit I have been nervous to take my son (who's now 10 weeks old) to be vaccinated but finally made the appointment and am scheduled to go this Friday. I just wanted to throw this topic out there to get other mom's thoughts (and fears?) on the subject.



I know it can be a controversial topic, but I think I'm open minded and am interested in alternative opinions and/or stories of positive experiences!



Thanks :)

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Amanda - posted on 04/16/2009

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(Quote: Making your child get sick from a vaccine is just cruel. Go look up an Amish autistic child... Hint they dont vaccinate.. YOU CANT FIND ONE... they dont )



That is your choice to not vaccinate but don't put others down who do and seeing as people are so keen to state research and statistics have you researched about Amish people and why they don't vaccinate and have scientiest done a study on why they don't have Autistic children and could there be more reasons why they don't have children suffering from Autism rather than just because they don't vaccinate?

Carissa - posted on 03/31/2009

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I highly recommend The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears if you want really in-depth yet approachable information on vaccinating your baby.  We are holding off on vaccinations because our baby is exclusively breastfed and not attending day care.  That puts him in the extremely low risk category for anything they are vaccinating for at 2 months.  



Something to think about is the fact that you're not only vaccinating to keep your child from getting sick, but to attempt to keep these diseases out of the general population.  So while Polio is essentially nonexistent in western society, if everyone stops getting vaccinated, it could come back.  That being said, because the chances of my baby catching it are basically zero, I don't feel the need to give him the shot at 2 months.  He can get vaccinated when he is older.



Also, mercury has been removed from pretty much all modern vaccines.  However, there are other ingredients that give some people pause like formaldehyde, aluminum and genetically altered animal and human cells.

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Melanie - posted on 04/16/2009

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Quoting Christina:

I asked a few other moms opinions on this topic too. This is the response I received:

Babies have a natural immunity to any sickness or disease until the age of 12 months. So really there is no need for those vaccines before that age. On the 2 month appointment the doctor prescribes 6 different shots. That is a lot for a small body to handle. Especially considering that the doctors give your baby the same dosage of vaccine they inject a full grown adult. Each vaccine contains mercury, which is poison to your body. You may remember that we used to have glass thermometers that contained mercury, but because mercury is so toxic those thermometers are no longer for sale. Do you really want all that poison going into your baby at once? You have the option of giving your baby less shots per visit as well.
My baby boy is going tomorrow to his 2 month appointment and he will not be getting any shots yet. I plan to wait until he is older and give them fewer at a time.
I hope this helps you in making your decision.



Babies are not immune to "any" sickness until age of 12 months---I exclusively breastfeed and my kiddos have had PLENTY of colds and infections before the age of 12 months. At 2 months there are only 2 shots, NOT 6. At no time did my kids get 6 shots at once. To say the dose is the same as for an adult is technically not true either, since these are vaccines MEANT to be given in infancy/childhood. Also, there is no "poison" in vaccines, otherwise vaccines would literally kill anyone who got them. I'm alive to write this, so this is obviously false.



 



Please stop spreading untrue information.

Amanda - posted on 04/16/2009

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Vaccines are one of the worst things you can do to your child.  This is my opinion, I feel that injecting my baby with more than one dangerous disease, not even including all of the things they put in vaccines, is just stupid.  Im  breastfeeding, im passing on antibodies to him that protect from sickness in this early stage.  Making your child get sick from a vaccine is just cruel.  Go look up an Amish autistic child... Hint they dont vaccinate.. YOU CANT FIND ONE... they dont exist!

Amber - posted on 04/10/2009

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This is a topic in our home and it is such a tough decision for me.  I did read on safely vaccinating your child and I decided against my boyfriends wishes to vaccinate, but on my own schedule.  I will only give my baby one shot at a time rather than loading him up all at once.  My boyfriend has never been vaccinated and does not believe in them, but he does support me in my decisions.  We have gotten one shot and I am still unsure if I should be getting him vaccinated so young, but it does make me feel better that I am only doing one at a time.  With the one shot he cried when it happened but that was it no discomfort or anything.  I am extremely nervous about the MMR shot and am still not sure if I will have that one done, but I do have some time before making that decision.  I fully believe that it is not good to give your baby 4 shots at once it is just too much.  I heard that babies have their mom's antibodies for 3 months and that even though you breastfeed your baby still can become sick before a year.  I know my neice wasn't in childcare and was breastfeed and still around 3 1/2 months she got RSV so babies can get sick young.

Tina - posted on 04/09/2009

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Here in Ontario, Your child needs to vaccine if they want to start school, if they don't have them, they can get suspened

Regan - posted on 04/09/2009

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We are using Dr. Sear's alternative vaccine schedule. We talked to our Pedi about and he agreed to it. I like it much better b/c they only get 2 shots at a time, not 4. We go once a month for a few months and it spaces out as they get older. We love it so far. You can find it by googling Dr. Sears if you are interested.

Dena - posted on 04/09/2009

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Vaccines are so important.  Babies can and do get sick before their first birthday and anyone with an older sibling in the house knows this.  Sure it seems like a lot, but the people who do not get kids vaccinated are the reason these diseases are back in the US.  Not only is it important to get your kids vaccinated, but your own titers should be checked.  There is a reason children in 3rd world countries die with much more frequency.  We have better prenatal care, better nutrition, and vaccines!!  I cried with my babies when they got their shots and I'm a nurse and give needles for a living!!  They got over it...so did I. 

Melissa - posted on 04/05/2009

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My little guy went on Tuesday for his vaccinations and he cried for a good 30 seconds. He slept for the better part of the day after. I do think I felt worse for having to put him through the pain although he was a trooper.

Melanie - posted on 04/05/2009

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Here's my response and it may seem a little strong but it is something I feel very strongly about.



I don't think vaccination should be a personal decision, I think it should be mandatory. Why? Because someone else's personal decision not to vaccinate their child effects not only their child but others by spreading dangerous diseases.



Breastfeeding will not offer 100% protection from disease (I EBC my daughter and she has her fair share of colds), and they are not just spread in daycare. People travel all around the world where the diseases we've erradicated in the west are still rampant. As well, residents of such countries are immigrating, not necessarily legally, thus not having all the requisite vaccines and medical clearances. So unless you live in a bubble, no unvaccinated child is "safe".



There is so much misinformation being spread about vaccines being dangerous. We are lucky not to have to fear diseases such as measles, polio, etc... There is no credible medical reasearch that concludes that any one vaccine is dangerous. Quite the opposite. And I refuse to believe in the so-called "reasearch" conducted by a playboy centerfold (Jenny McCarthy) who claimes vaccines caused her son's autism. Bull. So please do your and my children a favour and vaccinate your child on time.

Amanda - posted on 04/05/2009

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I really feel that you should make up your own mind! I was petrified to vaccine my first child due to opinions that were placed on me by certain natural therapy professions. It made the whole experience worse than what it really was. I now do feel it is important and I vaccinate my children not just to keep them safe but to ensure that these diseases do not ever became common again. My doctor said to me that it is easy for us not to worry about side effects of vaccines rather than the disease as our generation and even generations before have not really seen the horrible effect some of these diseases can have and that if I chose to not vaccinate my child then most likely they would be okay, but if everyone chooses to do this and the majority of people are not vaccinated then these diseases could become more common again. This I feel is what made me make my decision in the end but I still feel that it should be your own decision and no one should tell you horror stories and scare you into not having them or having them.

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We got it done yesterday and it wasn't as horrible as I imagined...he is back to himself already, but I can't help but feel uncomfortable with what they are injecting him with. It's one of those things you feel like you have to do in our society...I will definitely get that book a few of you have mentioned before his next needles are due because the doctor didn't explain anything to us at all.

Nicole - posted on 04/04/2009

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I think the doctors tell you what you want to hear. Or they sacrae you into getting it. I mean, does anyone really think they don't get a kick back for selling as many vaccines as possible? Read The Vaccine Guide and get the facts. The good and the bad! If you're sitting at the Dr's office and you question your doctor, and he replies with..."if you choose not to get the vaccine and then baby gets ill from the virus it could have protected baby against, how would you feel then, knowing you could have prevented it?" Well...HEY!! lets all take a trip down guilt trip lane. Screw all the research you've done. In one sentence he's made you a bad parent if you refuse his vaccine. But that's my opinion.

Clare - posted on 03/31/2009

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i had my baby vacinated yesterday and she cried a bit and just needed extra comforting and had some syrup calpol but she seems back to herself now and giving me loads of smiles.

Heidi - posted on 03/31/2009

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I guess my opionion is they have been giving vaccines for how long.... they know what they are doing (they meaning the doctors) personally the only reason i think people make a fuss about these shots is becasue you dont hear about people (children/adults) getting any of these diseases, and why don't they get any... because they were vaccinated.

As far as they mercury its not strait up mercury it is thimersal a mercury containing presevitive which has not been used since 2001.

And six shots... The d tap, Hib, and IP are a combined shot, and you can get the rotto vaccine oral (its just an unflavored syrup)

any wayss id ont know if any of that helps you. also i am from a medical town and the main mayo clinic is here. i always look at there website for any questions

Christina - posted on 03/31/2009

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I asked a few other moms opinions on this topic too. This is the response I received:

Babies have a natural immunity to any sickness or disease until the age of 12 months. So really there is no need for those vaccines before that age. On the 2 month appointment the doctor prescribes 6 different shots. That is a lot for a small body to handle. Especially considering that the doctors give your baby the same dosage of vaccine they inject a full grown adult. Each vaccine contains mercury, which is poison to your body. You may remember that we used to have glass thermometers that contained mercury, but because mercury is so toxic those thermometers are no longer for sale. Do you really want all that poison going into your baby at once? You have the option of giving your baby less shots per visit as well.
My baby boy is going tomorrow to his 2 month appointment and he will not be getting any shots yet. I plan to wait until he is older and give them fewer at a time.
I hope this helps you in making your decision.

Heidi - posted on 03/30/2009

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I was nervous too but once it was over it was no big deal. (I was convinced I would be bawling) Give him tylenol an hour before and for the next 24 hours, its all about keeping him comfy and happy :) Thats what i did with charlotte and she litterally cried for thirty seconds and was over it.

Rhonda - posted on 03/30/2009

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I personally think vaccines are important, probably even more so now since so many people are opting out of getting their kids vaccinated, you want to do everything you can to protect your LO. My baby girl just got her first shots on last Friday, we both cried, but she was fine afterwards, just needed extra snuggling later in the day when her legs were sore.



If you have questions and concerns, talk to your pediatrician. Like mine said, "if you choose not to get the vaccine and then baby gets ill from the virus it could have protected baby against, how would you feel then, knowing you could have prevented it?"



Think it over, it's a personal choice, do what feels best to you!

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