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Hello, all! I decided to start this community after watching the overwhelming response to vaccine-related threads in other communities. Seemed there was a lot of interest in discussing the topic, but not really a good place to do it. I'm hoping we can get some informative and respectful discussion going here.

My name is Jenifer, and I'm 26. I'm currently completing a doctoral program in nanomaterials - and while I enjoy my work, my husband and my 8 month old son, Isaac, are the priority in my life. Back when I was pregnant, I knew very little about vaccines (other than that I'd had them) and spent considerable time researching them. I'd say I my position on vaccination changed a lot throughout, but I'm now decidedly pro-vaccine. So far, my son has been fully vaccinated with no problems, but I'm always looking to learn more about the issue.

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Terri - posted on 10/13/2010

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Hi. I am Terri.. My son Josh is the most amzing 4 1/2 year old.. HE got autism from his DTaP shots. HE started with Seizures.. then words taken away.. Now very high functioning .. BEEN working on it..
My other son is 18. HE had all his shots and he is amazing....
Court case pending.. I wont rest tell they admit he had issues I saw that happen!!

Erin - posted on 07/16/2009

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My name is Erin, I am a mom of tow and also a nurse. My children have always had all the required vaccines until this past year. My oldest daughter has been diagnosed with Pots syndrome after recieving 5 vaccines three gaurdisil, 1 TD, and 1 menningitis vaccine. after she fell ill we learned that these vaccines very well could have caused her condition. My youngested is due for a new required vaccine to start middle school and I am trying t find out what my rights as a parent are to say no to these vaccines and still hav my child elligible to attend public school any suggestions would be appreciated.

Michelle - posted on 05/19/2009

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Hello! I am a stay at home mom with 4 kids. Our oldest two were vaccinated, I think "up to date" is how the docs usually ask! Our youngest two started on their vaccine routines (stopped at 9 months and 18 months). Then I read "Louder Than Words" by Jenny McCarthy. It seems there may be a connection between auto-immune disorders and autism (assuming autism is set off by vaccines). I have an auto-immune disorder, and there are a-i disorders on my hubby's side, too. Once I started doing more research, I decided there is no way I will ever vaccinate my kids again. It's just too scary. There are too many possible side effects (even disregarding autism!). And I don't trust the CDC and whomever else is in control of testing and regulating these vaccines. I am also like Tara; my family now visits only holistic doctors and use homeopathics when needed.

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Rachel - posted on 10/22/2010

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Hello- I am a 30 year old mother of 2, 3.5 yr girl and 19 month old boy. I am an elementary teacher in a public school system and did a lot of research about vaccination before and after my children were born. My husband and I have decided to very carefully and selectively vaccinate our children. Our daughter is very sensitive and almost always reacts in some way, welts, fevers etc, my son seems ok so far. I am interested to see what people have to say about the topic as we feel like rebel parents sometimes since we are not willing to follow like sheep. I feel that each parent has their child's best interest at heart and an informed decision is the best kind!

Tara - posted on 05/10/2010

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Hi ladies,

My name is Tara and I am thrilled to have joined this community. I recently had my first baby, 8 April 2010. I have my B.S. degree in Zoology and have been doing a lot of research on whether or not to vaccinate him. I do not disagree with medical vaccinations but I do not think a newborn and young baby needs the immunizations.

As of now, I am not completely anti-vaccine or pro-vaccine. I have not given Tommy any immunizations and am considering waiting until he is a toddler. I was curious on the reasons people do and do not vaccinate their children. If you would like to share your info and thoughts I would love to hear them.

Kate CP - posted on 11/01/2009

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I'm Kate and I vaccinate my daughter. I'm definitely pro-vaccine for MY kids. I have no problem with people opting out of vaccines as long as they do so with knowledge and serious thought. People who just go by word of mouth and stop vaccinating tick me off. I have neutropenia and cannot be vaccinated myself due to risk of infection. But my daughter is MUCH healthier than I am and is up to date on all her shots.

Jayme - posted on 08/28/2009

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Hello everyone! I am a nursing student and a mom of a 4 year old boy. He is up to date on all the required vaccinations. I also did a lot of research and have had the vaccination debate in a lot of my classes. I am pro-vaccination, but only for the ones that have been around for awhile, b/c I also do not fully trust the CDC.
As for the new vaccines like the one for the H1N1 virus, I will not give that to my child, just like I don't give him the regular flu vaccine. I'm not going to give my child a vaccination that is just out of clinical trial and the same goes for any medication.

I don't understand why parents would choose not to vaccinate their children so if anybody can respectfully explain their reasons so I can understand, that would be great.

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I am a nurse and a new mom of one and have been researching this topic since I became pregnant. I believe in vaccinations I just do not believe in the schedule in which they give them. How on earth is it good to overload you child's immune system all at once and not to mention some of the stuff that is in them. For me, I have chosen to break them all up as well as holding off on some until he is older, like the chicken pox and MMR. He is now 5.5 months and this seems to be working for us....of course I still have worries about wether or not I am doing the right thing.

Tara - posted on 05/19/2009

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Thanks for creating this group Jenifer. I'm looking forward to the discussion.



My name is Tara and I'm 24, and currently a SAHM. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Human Development. Our daughter is 2 years old (April 5, 2007), and is not vaccinated. I started researching vaccines when I was pregnant with her, and after years of research, we've decided not to ever have her or ourselves or any future children vaccinated. We also use alternative health care for our family. We see a naturopath/chiropractor regularly (weekly if not more), and use homeopathics when needed.

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