Shots...no or yes, why or why not?

Tanya - posted on 02/27/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hello, I have an almost 11 month old daughter and we are behind on her shots. I have done research on this topic but I am still torn. Can you all please tell me if you get the shots for your little one, and why or why not. Also, if it is really that big of a deal after they are older anyhow, what the riskier times are.She is not in daycare and I may home school. Thank you!

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Brianne - posted on 03/16/2011

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I also did not vaccinate my daughter and will not vaccinate my second ( when its born ). I decided against it because the idea of injecting things into a new, growing body didnt seem right to me... now my bestfriend had both her sons done because that is what felt right to her. It has to be something that you are comfortable with. I just couldnt do it. After all the research I did, I felt it better for my children to develope there own imune systems. Such a personal choice....

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Deborah - posted on 01/16/2013

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I vaccinated all my kids. NO bad reactions. I have met too many people with long-term disabilities from contracting polio, and have seen some serious complications of measles (severe pneumonia) and chickenpox (joint infections) and whooping cough in a newborn babe in intensive care. If you are in 2 minds about it, I would after your own research, pick out the ones where in our mind, the risk of the diease & complications out-weigh the risks of the vaccine. My oldest id not have the chickenpox vaccination as it was not on the schedule in the country we lived and all 3 got chickenpox a week after the other. As the 3rd child to get it got a double dose it was so severe. She was in agony all the time (she was only 2 yrs), and would scream everytime she had to urinate as she had chickenpox all over her girly parts. Poor thing, at that time I really wished did did not have to suffer like she did.
As you are probably aware there is a failure rate of all vaccinations, and we become protected through herd immunity, so the more people that are immunised the more protection is afforded to the vulnerable ones - young and elderly.

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2013

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I did not vaccinate our son. He was home with me for four years; he is the healthiest kid I know. Also, the people who recommend vaccinations also serve as board members for the companies that make the vaccines. HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST. I agree with Maggie; don't let anyone make the choice for you (including people responding to this post). Go with your gut!

Latisha - posted on 11/21/2012

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i also decided against vacinating my daughter any further after she recieved her first 3 at 2 months old. after research and seeing a difference in her like restlessness to an extream i regret letting anything be injected into her body :( it is a personal choice and for me i am against it,follow your heart and do what you feel is right :)

Donna - posted on 10/05/2011

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i vaccinated all 3 of my kids. I feel certain ones we don't need like chicken pox, and the flu vaccine. my 2 oldest got the chicken pox vaccine and still got the chicken pox. (they weren't in school yet, they got them from other kids at the park) The doctor said they probably would have gotten it worse if they were not vaccinated against it though. Maybe so.

Sara - posted on 08/27/2011

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i did a modified vaccine schedule with my two daughters. i agree that the long-term safety data is not there, and that there are a ridiculous number of shots now for kids, but i also think the data on autism is suspect (the main article in the lancet was recently rescinded). i thought carefully and researched each vaccine - said "no" to hepatitis but "yes" to some of the vaccines against conditions on the rise like measles and pertussis. great question!

Terri - posted on 07/07/2011

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We don't vaccinate. The research on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines is just not adequate in my opinion. For all vaccines there have been NO long-term studies on the cumulative effect on the child's developing immune system of combining all these vaccines. I was dumbfounded when I found this out. When the develop a new vaccine they test it in isolation. When I found this out I was dumbfounded. So until there is better research we are holding off. (BTW- my daughter had one set of shots as an infant and had a horrible reaction. After that I freaked out and read even more and chose NOT to vaccinate as I was on the fence anyway).

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Hi Tanya,
I have a 6yr old, 4yr old and a 4 1/2 month old. The older two are almost fully vaccinated, the youngest hasn't had any yet. My 6 yr old went to daycare and 1 year of preschool. My 4 year old went to preschool for 4 months. I now homeschool and will continue to. My 6 yr old has asperger's/adhd and in two weeks I'm taking my 4 yr old for an ASD evaluation. If it were completely up to me I would not vaccinate my baby at all but my hubby feels that some of them are important. So on the one hand I don't want to disrespect my husband but at the same time this is my kids health we are talking about. I'm sorry I don't really have an answer for you but just know that you are not alone in this scary decision. Ultimately it has to be a personal decision. Take a look at your family medical history. If there is any autoimmune problems I would seriously think about not doing the shots. Also if you do them at a slower pace make sure to run the titers after the first shot to see if they have the antibodies for that particular disease. If they do, a booster isn't needed. Here is a book that was very helpful to me. "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations" by Stephanie Cave. Good luck in your decision. If you have any homeschooling questions I'm more than willing to help.

Kimberly - posted on 04/06/2011

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i have my son with his shots cause at this young age if they do get sick they get it worse and its harder to recover. but my son on his first set of shots i had to stay up that first night to make sure he was breathing the next morning he was fine and never happened again. and if you dont give him the shots and he does end up sick he wont have the antibodies to over come it faster thats how i see it

Maggie - posted on 03/10/2011

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personally, we do not vaccinate our children. Most diseases were not irradicated because of vaccines it is because of increased awarness of sanitation. you can check out dr sherry tenpenny's website or westonaprice.org all have tons of great info. But all in all it is your choice. dont let anyone else make you do something!!!

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