Lizz - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )
Debate and Dicuss!
Lizz - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )
Debate and Dicuss!
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Sarah - posted on 01/01/2011
Do your research, is the biggest thing! Also consider the source of the info you find. There are some..."creative" sites out there with no medical data backing their stories on both sides of the argument. We're a delayed vaccine family. When my daughter does start vaccinations... not before she's 2 when the brain is at least 80% developed and not as susceptible to life altering damage...she will receive them one per doc visit with at least a few days in between each for her body to adjust. In our state they want to give my daughter 5-7 shots in one visit every 2 months before she is 1 year old. This just seems like alot of chemicals for such a little body. They wanted to start that at the 2 month check-up and give her that many or so each new check-up.
Look for sites that will list a vaccine's ingredients. The only one I've found so far is www.novaccine.com it's a bit out of date but better than nothing. The most important things I've learned in my research are...
-Thimerosal is being "phased out" as in isn't gone yet from vaccines. This ingredient in many vaccines has WAY too high a level of mercury, (the stuff that made mad hatters mad) helping fuel the flames of the "vaccines cause autism" debate. There are alternatives out there. Make sure your pediatrician doesn't use any vaccines with this ingredient!
-Human Diploid Cells means aborted fetal tissue. That's right bits of an aborted fetus being injected in your child. I don't know about you but that is soooooo against our religion. We will NOT have vaccines with those either.
Those are the only biggies I know so far. If you decide to go the delayed route or the not at all route there are also groups out there that will help with ummm...shall we say "legal issues". If you go that route you can also Google "vaccine exemptions" there are many states with religious &/or philosophical exemptions. If you go the religious route, be aware you may have to involve your minister.
There are some horror stories out there about vaccine reactions. Be aware some, not all, come from families with a genetic allergy to a certain ingredient. Ask your family if anybody has had a bad reaction. If they give you trouble about considering anything other than the recommended vaccine schedule just tell them you are looking to be as informed as possible to make the best possible decision for your child's health.
My husband and I are both delayed vaccination kids, by nowadays standards. He almost never gets sick except for a violent allergy to poison ivy, oak, & sumac. I, on the other hand, at 28 have regular hay fever, get sick at the drop of a sneeze, and am a cancer survivor.
Do your research. I'm not done with mine either. ;)
Randie - posted on 01/01/2011
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Paula - posted on 01/01/2011
Yes we vacinated and I couldnt imagine not. A big price to pay if your child does get sick just because you didnt think it to be right.
Charlie - posted on 01/01/2011
I do delayed vaccinations , I think in the case of vaccination it is not just about you or your child it affects the community .
Gina said as far as the countries abroad that do still struggle against common diseases...i think that no matter how many vaccinations are given...disease will always follow sanitarily poor areas. any doctor or book will tell you that the VERY best way of preventing any disease is proper handwashing and cleanliness.....so until theareas are able to have good water, and medical care...vaccinations wont help it at all.
I lived in a country where children die of preventable disease they had good sanitary conditions , running water and tank water and good nutritional food and still children die , Why ? because economically they are poor and cannot get enough vaccines people line up down the street just to get a shot , I honestly think people take our healthy state in better countries for granted , the low outbreaks are a result of vaccines .
Candi - posted on 12/31/2010
We vaccinated on time with all 3. Since neither my husband or myself ever had chicken pox, we definitely got the chicken pox vaccine and booster for all 3 kids. The only shot we don't do is the flu shot
Gina - posted on 12/31/2010
i do not vaccinate. if traveling abroad, i would have to do extensive research into the country being traveled to and assess the risks for that area. last january, i took my son who was 3 months old to japan to see my husbnad during a port visit while deployed. i researched all the communicable diseases through the CDC....and still chose to not give him any vaccinations. its a choice that all parents have to make....and we chose not to based on the low percentage of outbreaks at the current time..coupled with not having an enormous fear of any of the diseases to begin with. 50 years ago...measels, mumps, whooping cough, ect were threatening primarily from the lack of ability to treat these diseaes. today...most cases of these diseases are easily treated with very good outcomes. our youngest has already had roseola...aka baby measles. its not a big deal. it looks scary...but by the time you see the rash, the virus is almost gone anyway.
as far as the countries abroad that do still struggle against common diseases...i think that no matter how many vaccinations are given...disease will always follow sanitarily poor areas. any doctor or book will tell you that the VERY best way of preventing any disease is proper handwashing and cleanliness.....so until theareas are able to have good water, and medical care...vaccinations wont help it at all.
Kelly - posted on 12/31/2010
Yes, we did follow a delayed schedule and we took one shot at a time.
So he was not considered "up to date" until he was 5 yrs old. Before that, I made sure to keep him away from younger children who were vulnerable to diseases (bc they were not old enough to have had their shots yet either).
We do not do flu, H1N1, or chicken pox, as our pediatrician and research advised that they were unneccesary at this time.
I do have a question for those who do not vaccinate: If you were taking your child to a country where these diseases were not nearly eraicated, would you vacinate then, or would you rely on your child's immune system? Do you think vaccinations are a good idea for countries who have not succeeded in eradicating these diseases? If not, what would you suggest for them?
Gina - posted on 12/31/2010
not all states mandate them. 20 accept philosophical exemptions.
Lacye - posted on 12/31/2010
My daughter was vaccinated yes! It is better for the children in the long run to have it done rather than not. I was vaccinated when I was a baby and if I have any more children, they will have their shots as well!
Mother - posted on 12/31/2010
Absolutely NOT!!!!!! They haven't been tested properly. There is far to many risks. Disease was on a natural decline LONGG before vaccines were introduced but everyone marks the decline up to vaccines.....which is completely false. Common sense tells me that if a compound, element or chemical is fatal in the most miniscule amounts outside the body....its just as fatal inside the body.
Meilan - posted on 09/16/2010
The reason these diseases are almost extinct is because the whole community has had the jabs!!! People who don't vaccinate their children are actually 100% relying on the rest of us to get all the jabs, because that's what keeps their children safe.
And yes my daughter got all the necessary jabs. Not the flu shot and stuff. Don't see why she should have them.
Gina - posted on 09/15/2010
absolutely not!! There are dangerous ingredients being injected into newborn babies!!! Formaldehyde, acetone, phenols,ABORTED FETAL TISSUE and more!!!! I believe more harm is done by upsetting the delicate balance of our bodies when these substances are put into our bloodstreams. Keep a strong healthy immune system and you will NOT get these almost extinct diseases!!!!
Angie - posted on 04/26/2010
I am for it. Both of my kids will get them all and YES we are talking about homeshcooling them. We are having things like measles and whooping cough coming back and killing our little ones, I want all the protection I can give them. BUT I am not sure about the Chicken Pox vaccine, I had them! I Survived just fine!
Serena - posted on 04/25/2010
Yes all my children have or are being vaccinated.
Carrie - posted on 04/25/2010
Yes our daughter has all of her shots. Her father and I had ours done when we were children as well. In order for children to start school they need all of their shots.
Joelle - posted on 04/25/2010
Just make an informed, educated decision to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.
Kelina - posted on 04/24/2010
I have gotten my son all his routine vaccinations so far becasue i think it's better to get slightly sick(if they do) than to get the disease. Even if they do get it, once they;ve been vaccinated it will be a less intense illness than if they didn't. The only ones he hasn't gotten are the seasonal and that's because when I asked the nurse about it she couldn't give me a good answer as to why he should have them. They guess on what strain is going to hit the area and halfway through the flu season it can change.
Ashley - posted on 04/23/2010
yes both my children get all their needles the only on wedont get is the flu shot or the h1n1 because im very allergricto the shot so i didnt want to risk them being to
Laurel - posted on 04/23/2010
I did not vaccinate until school age with my first 2, stayed pretty well on track with my 3rd and 4th.... and I have not at all with my 5th.....
Emily - posted on 04/23/2010
Yes, the risk of the vaccination killing your child is less than them becomeing ill or die from the actuall disease.
Louise - posted on 04/23/2010
I had all the jabs done for my children when they were babies but I did not have the boosters done at school age as I saw no need at the time. My older children are now moving to uni in september and I have informed them that they may need more protection against MMR. Both my boys have chosen to have the jab now before they mve away. I now have a 17 month old who is about to start her MMR jabs. I have refused the new swine flu jab as I am not happy that it has been tested properly. I did not take this desicion lightly I asked my good friend who is a critical illness nurse who had access to much more imformation than the public did. My friend did not have her children vaccinated but had the jab herself because of her work. May be if there is an outbreak again in a few years I may reconsider but as there have been no new cases in months I really don't see the need to pump my child full of drugs. I understand the need to vaccinate I just feel we go overboard at times with these jabs and then boosters and then have another booster. I never had these boosters as a child and nor did my husband.
Nicole - posted on 04/23/2010
I had the measles vaccination and still got the measles when I was young and am FINE! I delay the vaccinations and do ONE at a time.
My first was 2 before we started her. My third child is three and I have not started her yet. I do not give the flu shots ever. I have their titers checked for Kindergarten to see if they test positive for the antibodies for MMR and than do not give that one again.
I know this is a very controversial subject so just do your research and than make your decision.
Jackie - posted on 04/23/2010
there is a reason as to why they are vaccinations available...not only for the child but for the whole community. It is important for your child to get vaccinations for them to be able to fight against these diseases that wipe out thousands before us...so when it comes to my child...i think a pin prick is less painful then going through the disease!
Katie - posted on 04/23/2010
always always alway get them their jabs!!! measules can kill ur child if they aint vaccinated againt it! i didnt even think twice bout givin mine her jabs shes had all of them and she gonna have the rest to come!
Zara - posted on 04/23/2010
yes all my children have had there vaccination's and me and my partner had our's when we were little 2! x