I am afraid to have my baby vaccinated

Christine - posted on 11/27/2013 ( 47 moms have responded )

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I understand that vaccination is very important from a public health standpoint. I'm no scientist but I doubt it is linked with Autism. These days it seems that everyone is looking for something to point the finger at as the cause of Autism...
BUT I am a worrier. I have major anxiety issues. I'm afraid there will be complications or even death as a result of having my baby vaccinated at his two month appointment. It scares me. I am usually big into researching but I haven't delved into this topic just yet... I was wondering if any other moms could share with me their experiences with vaccinations. Thanks.

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Nayanda - posted on 12/03/2013

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There are more risks involved when you don't have your children vaccinated. They will be limited in the things they do and the places they can go. If you don't plan on home schooling they will be more susceptable to the colds going on in the classroom and playground because their immune system can't fight back. If they go to college, they will want to see immunization records before being allowed to enter.

Danicia - posted on 12/01/2013

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we are a military family and (from how it's been explained to us) it's required to have vaccinations up to date on all of us. That being said, our daughter (now 2yrs old) has been receiving her vaccinations on schedule since birth, as will happen once our son is born to him. the first couple months (when they get the most vaccinations at a time) would result in a fever for a day or two in our daughter then she was perfectly fine. we would use a fever reducer to help her feel better during those days. after she got around 6 months old the vaccinations didn't cause the fevers. I have read of recommended charts to have a slower vaccination track than the norm (spread the vaccinations out over a longer amount of time) if looking into those would help your anxieties. we have been blessed with no extreme/unexpected aversions to immunizations, like the majority of people who get vaccinated. you do what's best for you and your baby and I wish you luck in your research! :)

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I will give another POV on this. My children are vaccinated but I also felt a TON of anxiety over it. When my son was a baby, the link between Thimerosal (mercury preservative in some vaccines) and autism was being heavily debated. I was told by our doctor that we could request vaccines without the thimerosal but that the FDA was allowing the current vaccines with the thimerosal still in them to be used.
It is normal for you to feel nervous about this since there are always risks associated with vaccines of any kind for a variety of reasons. But as the other commenters said, there are severe risks associated with not vaccinating. The reason that polio was controlled when so many were stricken with it was because of vaccination.
Ultimately it is your choice, so you should do your own research and talk to your doctor about your concerns.

Jodi - posted on 12/04/2013

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Momoftwo, apparently she is 53 and that means she knows more......is this where we confess to being 15 and mothers of 3 year olds? Or is this where I tell her that I am actually 44 (with 4 kids, one an adult who is finishing a double degree this year, living out of home and has 2 jobs because that's what she wants) and have just as much experience as her as a mother, so her age means nothing to me because I've learned a great deal too?

Lady, seriously, you have your opinion. However, you do NOT have the right to come here calling people bitches because they don't agree with you. You also do not have the right to call people stupid. Consider this a warning or your profile will be deleted.

Jodi - posted on 12/04/2013

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LOL.
You might want to get a new keyboard. Apparently the CAPS Lock is stuck and the keys to spell your own name correctly may be causing you problems.

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[momoftwo] - posted on 12/04/2013

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LOL well well weeellllll.... I may not be a "super smart" whopping 53 year old but I have enough common sense to realize the conciquences of posting my phone number online or know what Bi-Polar actually is.
Allow me to introduce myself as a younger mom (22) with a soon-to-be 6 year old and an 18 month old.
I may be young but don't underestimate my knowledge Elizabeth. Even at 53 you are still learning. We all are no matter what age. No mother in their right mind could ever say they know everything about kids or everything that has to do with kids so I hope you aren't one of those.

[momoftwo] - posted on 12/04/2013

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Or maybe you're stupid and give out useless info, especially your phone number. I mean you're saying you have an older child that's never been vaccinated and had never been sick I think that's complete BS and you are talking out your ass.
And Jodi is not a bitch you're the one going ballistic over nothing.
Go back under your bridge where you belong troll...

The only one being bi polar is you.

Jodi - posted on 12/04/2013

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You don't think people can't track you down by your telephone number? Whatever. Not sure what your age has to do with it. As I said, you might want to check your CAPS lock, it seems to be stuck.

Edited to add: Just to prove a point I did just track down your address via your telephone number. It wasn't that difficult. I won't post it, but I think you should edit your posts to take your phone number out. I also notice you have something for sale on Craigslist. Do you find that creepy? This is why you shouldn't put your phone number here. It took me 2 minutes to find that information about you. So, yeah, putting your phone number online is not a good idea.

Elizabeyh - posted on 12/04/2013

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MOMOFTWO....... I DO NOT EVEN KNOW HOW TO RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENT,,. EITHER YOU ARE A DR. OR YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER DO OR YOUR JUST PLAIN STUPID OR DON'T CARE... ANYHOW I AM 53 and have learned a great deal and still need to learn so much more, I said I was not going to read any of the responses however I stoped at yours and had to respond, I guess it is so much easier to hide behind a SCREEN and write what you want to say even if you are CALLING MY BLUFF? I do not even think I understand that, BUT WHY NOT CALL ME LIKE A WOMAN, you know, A real HUMAN BEING and talk to me about how much I KNOW AND LEARNED AND SAW WITH MY OWN EYES WHAT HAPPENS TO SOME, to SOME, to SOME to SOME,to SOME NOT ALL....... SOME CHILDREN WHEN THEY ARE VACCINATED, I will not educate you about the 12 VACCINATIONS you had to have before 2 years of age back in the 60's however I will let you do the RESEARCH ON HOW MANY ARE MANDATORY NOW BEFORE TWO YEARS OF AGE. MOMOFTWO>>>>> HAVE A NICE DAY. LISA ANN MARTIN #321-441-6482. VOU TWO JODI WHAT THE HELL CAN ANY ONE DO YO YOU THRU YOUR TELE #

Elizabeyh - posted on 12/04/2013

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WHY WOULD I BE AFRAID OF POSYING MY TELE NUMBBER, CALL ME... I DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR FEAR........... LISA ANN MARTIN #321-441-6482. I am honest, I expect people to be honest and i only look for good. Breath in LIFE, LOVE, PROPERITY , KINDESS AND LOVE. BREATH OUT POVERTY, NEGTIVITY, and DARKNESS, and BE AFRAID OF NOTHING, I just do not even understand your last comment... EVEN IF THAT IS YOUR NUMBER. I put my number on there in case you had any questions about IMMUNIZATIONS. DID you get a chance to look up HERD IMMUNITY? DID you look up after 2 hours of just the 1st vacc. on children, not even a hour old...not all, however some much more than NORMAL go into FULL BLOW SEIZERES, DID YOU LOOK AT THE AUTISUM RATES? DID YOU FIND OUT THAT THE IVY LEAUGE AND THE MEDICAL SCHOOLS ARE BACKED BY THE PHARM. COMPANIES? HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU DO BEFORE QUESTIONING ME ON WHY I WOULD PUT MY TELEPHONE # ON A WEB SITE? WHAT COULD THE DANGER BE? I HAVE THE LARGEST PROTECTER IN THE UNIVERSE. AND I KNOW WE BOTH KNOW WHO WE ARE SPEAKING ABOUT. THERE'S A SAYING... WHEN IN DOUBT DON'T. YOU ALL READY KNOW WHAT TO DO AND THE 40 MOTHERS THAT RESPONDED WILL NOT BE READ AND I AM NOW FINESHED TALKING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT PERMENATLEY. THANK YOU. LISA ANN MARTIN

[momoftwo] - posted on 12/03/2013

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I agree, I cried when I saw the video of a child with whooping cough I had to turn it off.

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Just like any drug or medication we put into our body there is a chance for complications to arise when getting vaccinated. Personally, I have never seen any or come across anyone who has had complications and honestly I think the benefits far outweigh the cons.i just watched a clip on you tube of a baby with whooping cough and straight away I knew I was going to vaccinate/immunise my kids. It's about trying to prevent our children from getting thee diseases and protecting them.thats my personal opinion

Enna - posted on 12/03/2013

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OK, so I feel like this conversation has made everything seem even more scary. Christine you are talking about a highly debated topic here. Both of my children have been vaccinated and I have never had any complications with either of them. Honestly I don't even know anyone who had complications besides the common fever and soreness at the injection site. I'm not saying that no one ever has complications or that it is impossible for a baby to get very sick or die from a vaccination, but I have never experienced anything close to that. The only thing I've ever heard is scary stories in the news, but since when does the news report anything that isn't horrible and scary? :)
Most people vaccinate their children. (at least in the US)
I recommend talking to your pediatrician and looking at the FDA's website. I find scientific facts a lot more reassuring than people's opinions.

Jodi - posted on 12/03/2013

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Elizabeth, do you really think it is a good idea to post your phone number on a public site? (I am assuming that is your phone number - if it isn't then I have no clue)).

Elizabeyh - posted on 12/03/2013

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What ever you you do, DO NOT HAVE YOUR BABY VACC. I have a pile of news prints, articles, information and everything elseyou can think of..... of the BAD, BAD BAD effects on VACC. Look up what is called HERD IMMUNITY. I have a HEALTY 19 year old daughter whom has NEVER been sick in her life and I did go over board alittle o.k. alot I BREAST FEED her for TWO years to the day. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DESCISION, I hope I was not to late getting you the info. Sincerly, Elizabeth Ann Martin #321-441-6482

Christine - posted on 12/02/2013

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I can't believe that abortion somehow entered the conversation. It was never a question of if I was going to have my son vaccinated it was more a question of what the risks were and if anyone has ever experienced any ill effect in their own children or someone they knew....

[momoftwo] - posted on 12/02/2013

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Whether mothers were stupid enough to have their baby aborted and even if weirdly enough it's in vaccines it would be helping OUR children be safe. I'm against abortions too but it's out of our hands what other women do. There's nothing wrong with having your child vaccinated.

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Jodi, I believe that the subject of abortion and vaccines are part of the same conversation when the US is still using these types of vaccines that originated from the original fetal line.There are ethical vaccines available but not all are available in the US . I also feel that the vaccines are still very much apart of the original lines and I refuse to continue to use them. This is my choice and yes women have to decide what to put into their own children. But as for what to do to their children's is our business. The body of the women is hers, but not the body of the baby growing inside her. This is where I believe many people have been mislead. I will leave this conversation at that as I too do not wish to overshadow good discussion to vaccines.

Jodi - posted on 11/30/2013

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Oh, and thank you for the link, but it really isn't my place to tell another woman what is right for her. It is only an opinion, not fact.

Jodi - posted on 11/30/2013

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But this is not an abortion debate. Neither of us know WHY the abortion was performed. And we both acknowledge that the cells being used now are not from aborted fetuses, but merely the cell lines. We also both know that most vaccines have alternatives, so it is not an excuse not to give them. So we will leave it at that.

Jodi - posted on 11/30/2013

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Actually, if you did your research, you would find that abortion WAS legal in some countries at that time, and in particular, the locations that these abortions were performed (from memory, one of them was Sweden, where it was and still is legal). The whole world isn't the US. The reasons for the abortions aren't known specifically, but they were legal.

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Exactly, children that were killed by their mothers, weather they were intended for this type of purpose or not. And abortion wasn't legal in the 1960's unless necessary. In my belief it is never necessary.

I don't mean not to vaccinate at all, I use only those vaccines that are free of this type of origins.(yes, cell lines)

I also don't vaccinate the within the 1st 3 months of life, babies have so much to deal with the moment they come from the safety of their mothers womb, why force their little bodies to deal with these viruses. Live or dead strains, just seems like a lot for such a little person.

Jodi - posted on 11/30/2013

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Bethany, they are not made with aborted fetuses. Please get your facts straight. It is a CELL LINE of human cells that originated from two legally performed abortions in the 1960s that were NOT aborted with the intent of them being used for this purpose. So in fact, there is no aborted fetus cell anywhere near our vaccines, only the cell lines, which is a totally different thing altogether.

To say there are aborted human fetus cells in the vaccine or they are made with them is a bit like saying there is dirt in apples since they were once grown on a tree that grew in dirt. It’s misleading, scaremongering and simply not true.

Luludi - posted on 11/30/2013

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Well, it is also because you have anxiety issues that you'd better have your child vaccinated! You'll feel anxious for a couple of days maybe, untill you're sure your child is perfectly well. But if you don't vaccinate him you'll worry every time he gets hurt or there's a hint of some epidemics at school .... When my girl was 2 she was bitten by a big parrot (kind of ara) on her finger. I brought her to her pediatrician to have her medicated and he immediately asked if she was ok with her vaccines. Since she was, there was nothing to worry about but the wound itself. And when they grow up and start to travel, who knows where, you'll be happy to know that you've protected them at least as far as you could...
That said, i understand and share your worries every time I take them to get vaccines!

Jodi - posted on 11/29/2013

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LOL, I teach science (amongst other things). Many students ask why they have to bother because they will never be scientists. My answer is that science is something they need for every day life, even if they don't know it now!!

[momoftwo] - posted on 11/29/2013

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Wow, I really should have paid attention in science class lol.
Also if people really gave a hoot when it comes to mercury, they wouldn't eat fish.

Jodi - posted on 11/29/2013

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Mercury is actually in particles/atoms in the air, which is why there are trace amounts in pretty much everything we ingest (all water and food). Which is why I questioned why she thought I was being snide. I was actually being factual.

[momoftwo] - posted on 11/29/2013

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Yeah it's higher chance something bad will happen if they aren't vaccinated than if they are.
The vaccine isnt going to kill your baby.
Look at meningitis I mean you should definitely protect against that.... My cousin had it and now she has both of her legs cut off and all of her finger tips because of it and she almost died, she's one of the lucky ones.

Jodi - posted on 11/29/2013

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And just because you don't vaccinate your baby and nothing bad happens doesn't mean that it never happens.....

[momoftwo] - posted on 11/29/2013

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It's a low percentage. I still think your mind would be at ease if you had your baby vaccinated. If they ever caught wind of Rubella or polio..etc it would be the most excruciating death... It's just a bad way to go.


I know your heart is in the right place but we can't stick out children in bubbles as much as we want to. And what that "deleted account" chick doesn't know is that theirs "specks" in everything lol. The food we eat like Jodi said, the preservatives arent healthy and "cancer causing" and for example Johnson's baby shampoo... I had to switch to the one that's like 98% natural and more expensive because I read on the back of the bottle and they put "polyquanternium" or "quanternium" in it.... And it's in almost everything. I looked at my baby's tylonel so find out there was paraben and red dye in it. Same with paraben in the gripe water.....

Christine - posted on 11/29/2013

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I know vaccines protect against that which can kill a baby but a vaccine also has the potential to kill a baby and that is what scares me. I fear both sides. Just because you had a baby vaccinated and nothing bad happened to them doesn't mean that it never happens...

Christine - posted on 11/29/2013

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Gillian, thank you very much for your thoughtful and introspective response!

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There is no reason to be snide. The OP has legitimate concerns about this issue as do millions of other parents.. My intent here was to give information on my experience as a parent with those same concerns. If there were only a microscopic speck of something dangerous or questionable in something I am giving my child I want to know it's there and I want to know the risks of it.
I will not view this post again.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2013

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Also, on the topic of facts, it was removed from all childhood vaccines in the year 2000 in Australia. So thank you for reminding me to "know my facts", but it was completely unnecessary.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2013

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Also, "trace amounts" are well within reasonable limits - there are trace amounts of mercury in a most of things you eat, too. If trace amounts bother you, then you need to stop eating, stop breathing, stop drinking water, and so on.

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That is what I was referring to. Children's vaccines still have trace amounts of thimerosal in some cases.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2013

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I was referring to childhood vaccines, which is what the OP is asking about. I'm not sure what Td is....I am in Australia, so our vaccines are not regulated by the FDA, and you have vaccines we don't have.

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In 2002 there were still vaccines in use with the thimerosal but they were creating new ones without it.

But according to the FDA in 2012, the inactivated influenza vaccine still has thimerosal (there are formulations without it) and there are still trace amounts of thimerosal in children's vaccines today, like for Td.

Check your facts.

[momoftwo] - posted on 11/28/2013

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And there you have it, we all had a little thimerosal and we're still here! Lol
But I'm also glad they took it out. Lol

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2013

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Um, there is no thimerosal in childhood vaccines anymore. It was removed in 2000. Only the ones given to adults have traces. And no, they didn't remove it because of concerns about autism.

[momoftwo] - posted on 11/27/2013

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A child's immune system is more vulnerable without vaccinations. And if it weren't for vaccinations, many children would become crippled or die from the severity of diseases such as measles, pertussis and Hib...etc

Children can even die from having the flu so they should be vaccinated.

I think you would be more worried if your child wasn't vaccinated. There's brutal diseases out there. The vaccinations are safe.

Both of my children get vaccinated and they are just fine, no major side effects or anything. A stuffy nose if anything. Your baby will be okay, you'd be doing your baby a favour and in fact saving their life.

Michelle - posted on 11/27/2013

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I have 3 children and all of them are fully vaccinated. I have even been involved with vaccine trials at our children's hospital.
I fully believe in vaccinations and would prefer to know that I had done all I could to protect my child from diseases that are preventable. I couldn't live with myself if my child died from a disease that they could have been vaccinated against but I chose not to.

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