Vaccines-yes or no

Tara - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Im scared to vaccinate my son. Any moms feel the same?

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NICOLE - posted on 04/17/2012

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My son didn't get his shots until he was 3-5, and only had the ones he has to for school. Don't let anyone make you do something you feel could hurt your child. Do we know if they cause all these horrible things? No, but even the idea of them doing so was enough for me to wait.



I took my son to his regular checkup at a few months old,and had a nurse tell me should would call CPS since I was not having him vaccinated. I told her to go for it!

SHERILL-ANN - posted on 11/12/2009

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As a mother I totally understand your fears because I want to die myself every time my son has to get vaccinated,however I know the importance of it and I know that he'll be fine in a couple hours afterwards.I will not be able to live with myself if he got sick because I let my fears get in the way of his health and also it is necessary in order for him to start school when he's old enough so you should really weigh the risks and benefits of doing so before you make your decisions.

Heather - posted on 11/06/2009

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Getting any of the diseases that we are vaccinated against, to me, is scarier than the possible (very rare) side effects from vaccinating your child. Why are you scared to vaccinate?
Did you know that some diseases are on the rise (mumps, etc) because people are choosing to not vaccinate their children? Also, babies who are not yet able to get vaccinated yet could get VERY sick from another child who is only mildly sick who did not get a vaccine. Don't just do it for your child, but for other children who your child could infect. These are my feelings on the topic.
Talk to your doctor about it.

Shaina - posted on 11/06/2009

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I went with the schedule doctors give you with my first child until she was 1 year old and I never felt right about it. I know delay vaccines until after the kids are 2 years old, then I space them out so they never get more than 2 shots at a time, and I select the ones that are given.

My advice is that if you feel unsure about it, do some research. What you find will either make you comfortable with vaccines or make you think twice about some or all of them.

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Lucy - posted on 04/11/2013

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Your instinct is completely correct, in a highly vaccinated population the risk from the vaccine is far greater than the risk of being harmed by disease.

This is explained on the excellent Smart Vax website

http://www.smartvax.com/

Cyndel - posted on 05/25/2012

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My opinion is get educated, know what all the ingredients are, and what they are for, what the side affects are and how often they occur. Learn about the diseases they prevent.
Then decide.
If you decide to vaccinate then my advise is get your kid allergy tested against the ingredients in the vaccines as there is reason to believe most serious reactions to the vaccines are actually serious allergic reactions to individual ingredients in the vaccines

Denise - posted on 05/24/2012

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To people who are sure vaccines don't cause autism I wonder if you ask yourself ....
How do you compare the rise in autism with the rise in the amount of vaccines being used today?, the coincidence that the signs of autism in autistic children start after the MMR vaccine? everyone calls the Wakefield research a hoax but what about other research?. What about the people who sue for vaccine injury and win? I am not putting anyone down I am genuinely asking these questions because I am curious to know what the answers are and I hope to one day be sure like you.

Denise - posted on 05/24/2012

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Nicole - woh! Good for you for standing your ground! did she call CPS?. Scare tactics are no way to try to prove to a parent they are making a wrong decision. the waiver they make you sign is also incriminating because it basically states the parent is putting their children at risk.

Ava - posted on 04/21/2012

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Shots have NOTHING to do with Autism. Sorry that your child has it, but they're not related. That "research" you're referring to was an admitted hoax / fraud. Autism is genetic and environmental. It is not from vaccinations. Ever. Period.

Jennifer - posted on 04/13/2012

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My daughter has had her shots only and up untill she was 1, she is now 3 and no one agrees with me on the fact that i do NOT want to get the rest of her vaccines! But its going to be a must when i have to enroll her in school for the first time, i really dislike it, for fearing of autisim! ughhh

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Its up to you as a parent but I would do my research first. I am the mother of 2 kids one with adhd/odd and The other has Autism. The research is out there and yes I feel it was due to the shots my kids took. And yes my kids are not up to date on there shots. It does cause some disability. But I'm not going to tell you to do it or not to do it. Just research it first.

La - posted on 11/13/2009

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Interesting info: The period of time when childhood illnesses decreased most significantly was during times of improved sanitation and better hygiene practices, and not during the introduction of vaccinations. European countries that refused small pox and polio vaccines had the same lowered incidence as countries with mandated immunizations during the mid 20th century, and other infectious diseases that had no vaccines also declined during this time.---> sanitation and hygiene practices have a greater correlation with disease prevention than immunization procedure.

Having said that, I'm not completely against modern medicine- I'm just skeptical of the intentions of big business pharmaceutical companies. Their only interest is monetary profit. Consequently, they often do not allow for proper clinical studies before introduction on the market and many harmful side effects are overlooked or brushed off as necessary evils for the greater good of combating disease. Take the original vaccine for rotavirus, RotaShield. It caused many cases of bowel obstruction in infants before it was taken off the market.

My suggestion for anyone is to do some reading and take an active role in learning about what they are putting into us and our children, then decide for yourself. :)

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2009

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I think it is your personal decision and what you feel like doing. I vaccinated both of my kids and i think it is the right thing to do in order to protect them. I would rather them have the little bit of pain then a sickness that they have to go through. I was not going to get the H1N1 vaccine as well until i realized that more kids were dying from it and it actually went through more safety testing than the normal flu shot. Both of my kids have done wonderful with the vaccines and they have never had a bad reaction. I would rather be safe than sorry.

LaRissa - posted on 11/12/2009

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I've been doing a lt of reading on the vaccine issue, particulalry concerning autism and the link that's being suggested between the two. And everything that I keep finding says that while there may be a link, nothing can be conclusively determined. For every expert that one side gets, there's an expert on the other side making the exact opposite conclusion. If you're really concerned, most pediatricians will let you spread them out so your son doesn't have to get them all at the same time. That seems to reduce the danger asociated with the vaccine.

Amber - posted on 11/12/2009

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Yes I feel the same way you do. My boyfriend has never been vaccinated and does not believe in vaccinations so I can't even discuss it with him. I waited until my son was 6 months for his first vaccine and I only get 1 a month so he really hasn't had a lot of vaccines. I don't think I will do the MMR vaccine I don't care what anyone says I don't believe that is safe. I also do not any flu or H1N1 vaccines. I just read the other day that 80% of the H1N1 vaccines in the US have thermisol which has mercury. If you choose to vaccinate research the safest way you can vaccinate and make yourself as comfortable with it as possible.

Debby - posted on 11/08/2009

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My son is not Vaccinated, and I am going to do it when he is 2 year's old. I don't feel right giving him all those chemicals when he's a little baby, I feel he can handle it better when he's older. And I not getting him the chickenpox or mumps or measles, he already has had the measles and it wasn't so bad.

Harley - posted on 11/08/2009

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my boy has had all his vaccinations to date he is now 10 months but on the first vaccination and the 6 month he reacted bad havin us flying to princess margaret hospital.. he was a prem and he catches everything thats flyin around he got broncitus and the swine flu buh if i hadnt vaccinated himon time he would of come out way worse thn just a hospital trip.. my feelings are he reacted slightly buh in the long run and for the sake of my childs health and safety i believe vaccinations arent scary they do help and keep those bugs away not completely but alot more thn if u hadnt vaccinated!!!

Deanne - posted on 11/08/2009

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I just recently got my daughter the h1n1 vaccine. I was concerned about it but I decided to get it. I'm doing a research paper for school on the h1n1 virus and read up on the vaccine. If I had read what I read earlier, I doubt I would have gotten her the vaccine. I'm not sure if I will go back to get her second dose.

Brooke - posted on 11/07/2009

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I am all for vaccinating.. if I can do anything to prevent my daughter becoming ill then ill take the chance. I have heard of a lot of parents vaccinating and to me I would rather do it.

Jennifer - posted on 11/05/2009

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Vaccines are fine.I am a special ed. teacher and do not see any more kids now than I used to. I think a lot more kids are being diagnosed with disabilities is because we now have names for them and know what to look for. If you are worried, have them spread out instead of 3 or 4 at once.

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