Pro-Vaccine

Shannon - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I am pro-vaccine for my baby boy. I do not believe there is any connection between any vaccination and a different disorder. Plus my son will be traveling to different countries where many diseases still exist.

I will not chance him dying from a disease that can be prevented by a little shot. I will not chance him passing a disease on to others.

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Crystal - posted on 05/25/2011

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me either both of my kids are fully vaccinated and will continue to recieve their vaccines on time would not wnt to see my child or anyone's child suffer through something that could have been prevented

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Maggie - posted on 05/25/2011

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You should check out the PBS documentary "The Vaccine War" I watched it on netflix but I'm pretty sure you can still watch it on PBS website. I'm all for vaccinating, with my son we've just altered the rate at which he receives the shots. And to this day there is no actual scientific correlation between the MMR vaccination and autism. The thing is that kids usually get that shot around the same time signs of autism would be diagnosable.

Tara - posted on 05/25/2011

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Both my girls are vaccinated and will be kept up to date with their vaccinations. My husband and I both get our boosters as we need them. I'd rather have a slight reaction to a vaccine than have my kids get really sick or die from something that is easily preventable.

Rachel - posted on 04/06/2009

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I wish that Chicken pox vaccintaion was more readily on offer here in the uk as both my girls have had it durig the last week or so.  Although my eldest had hardly any spots my youngest is covered and is really suffering both with the spots and with a temperture.  Not helped by the fact that she has eczema too.  Both mine has had all vaccinations offered to them as a little pin prick might hurt at the time but the illness could be worse.  Admittedly it wasn't nice seeing them have them especially at 2 - 3 months old.

Christa - posted on 03/24/2009

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I was just reading about this- it seems that the resercher that said that there was a link, has been disproved by many, many other studies since then( several done in different countries, so we can't disprove by talking about FDA being in drug companies pockets)

They did say that most likely SOME children that would be very sensitive to the vaccination ( much as some children are super sensitive to certain foods) but that the rate of that is low. They also said that an unvaccinated child DOES put others at risk- A child that is vaccinated is not 100% proof against a potentially deadly disease, they MOST likely will get a less severe version of the disease, but ladies, lets be real....how many of YOU are up to date on YOUR vaccinations? They are not good for your whole life, you know. Therefore the sickness spreads, and that could have been avoided if all the children were vaccinated.

Now, I really would not tell anyone how to raise or parent their children- but it really comes down to the fact that not vaccinating puts not just YOUR child at risk for a potentially deadly disease ( yes, people have and do DIE from these "childhood": diseases) but also puts everyone your child is in contact with in danger. Think about it.

As far as increasing allegies , excema etc. Think about our changing environment...more additives in food, more hormones and antibiotics in use at farms. Not to mention the genetic link ( if you have allegies, and your spouse has allegies, your kid will most likely have MORE allegies) Frankly there is so much MORE to be sensitive to in the world. So much in the environment that our bodies have to work harder and harder to fight off. Organics are GREAT, supplements are too, they help the body to fight off what it needs to,and keep stuff that should not be in out bodies out, but personally, I would not let it end there, I will do EVERYTHING in my power to make sure that my daughter stays healthy and happy- in my opinion ( and only mine- I am not putting down someone elses choices) that includes vaccinations.

Sara - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Carmela:



Quoting Sara:

Honestly, I can understand why some parents don't want to get their children vaccinated, but I don't think it's a personal choice, it's a public health issue. Children who do get vaccinated are still susceptible to some diseases and I don't want my children exposed to children that have not been vaccinated. Parents who chose not to get their children vaccinated are depending upon herd immunity for their children not to get sick, but if enough people in a community chose not to vaccinate, then diseases will start to pop up in that community. This recently happened in Boulder, Colorado. The choice not to vaccinate affects others and not just you and your own family.





 






If your children are vaccinated and exposed to children who haven't been, your children are still protected...so why the worry? No need to create a stigma where there shouldn't be one. The only kid at risk in this scenario is the unvaccinated kid.





Actually, i read that even vaccinated children are only about 90% immune to disease, so there is still a chance, however small, that  a vaccinated child could catch something from an unvaccinated child.  I'm not trying to bash people who chose not to vaccinate, I'm just stating that I think that it's not just all about personal choice here.  Check out these links:



  http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/immunizat...



http://www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/



http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/pa...



 



And also, while I understand that many people are concerned about the MMR vaccine and autism, researchers have not even been able to find a link between the two.  The researchers that published the original paper stating that there could be a possible connection have since rescinded their views that the two could be linked.  I think it may be more connected to the fact that the time a child receives the MMR vaccine is also about the time they will start to display definite symptoms of autism.  I have a friend who is a pediatrician and she told me that for a lot of kids that she has evaluated for autism when they are 12-18 months (about the same time they get the MMR), she had suspicions before hand that they may have some sort of autism spectrum disorder. 

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Since before my son was born, I've struggled with the whole vaccination issue.  I saw Jenny McCarthy on Oprah and she had me scared to death about the autism link.  I spoke with my doctor about it and he said that as of yet, there is no link between autism and vaccinations.  Also, with Miss McCarthy's situation, her son started showing signs of autism at 18 months.  My doctor said that the autism spectrum is wide and that some autistic kids start to show signs at 18 months with or without vaccines.  After doing as much research as I could, I decided that the benefits of vaccinating far outweigh the risks of not vaccinating.  So for my family, we vaccinate.  This was my personal choice and I pass no judgement on anyone who decides not to vaccinate.  There is so much fear in every decision we are faced with as mothers in today's world. 

Nicole - posted on 03/24/2009

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Have you ever looked at the rates of not only Autism but childhood allergies, including food allergies, skin infections, like excema, ear-infections. I am married to a natural chiropractor and our 3 children have never received one shot. They are by far the healthiest kids in all of their preschool classes, they hardly ever miss a class due to illness!
I totally agree with Carmela! If the vaccines work then what do you have to fear? I do not believe that declining vaccines is for everybody though. As a family we eat organic food when ever possible and take many nutritional supplements to boost the immune system.

Emily - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Carmela:



Quoting Sara:

Honestly, I can understand why some parents don't want to get their children vaccinated, but I don't think it's a personal choice, it's a public health issue. Children who do get vaccinated are still susceptible to some diseases and I don't want my children exposed to children that have not been vaccinated. Parents who chose not to get their children vaccinated are depending upon herd immunity for their children not to get sick, but if enough people in a community chose not to vaccinate, then diseases will start to pop up in that community. This recently happened in Boulder, Colorado. The choice not to vaccinate affects others and not just you and your own family.





 






If your children are vaccinated and exposed to children who haven't been, your children are still protected...so why the worry? No need to create a stigma where there shouldn't be one. The only kid at risk in this scenario is the unvaccinated kid.





I think Sara's concern may be because her child is young and may not have had a full series.

Carmela - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Sara:

Honestly, I can understand why some parents don't want to get their children vaccinated, but I don't think it's a personal choice, it's a public health issue. Children who do get vaccinated are still susceptible to some diseases and I don't want my children exposed to children that have not been vaccinated. Parents who chose not to get their children vaccinated are depending upon herd immunity for their children not to get sick, but if enough people in a community chose not to vaccinate, then diseases will start to pop up in that community. This recently happened in Boulder, Colorado. The choice not to vaccinate affects others and not just you and your own family.


 



If your children are vaccinated and exposed to children who haven't been, your children are still protected...so why the worry? No need to create a stigma where there shouldn't be one. The only kid at risk in this scenario is the unvaccinated kid.

Chantel - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Jolene:



Quoting Chantel:




Me too! I have heard of instances where the vaccines apparently have caused something to go wrong but the benefits out weigh the risks for me. Giving them the vaccine has a very slight chance of something maybe going wrong but don't give the vaccine and your baby could die from a preventable disease, not to mention it could be passed to other children and cause them to get sick and possibly die!! Also, without vaccines she can't go to school here in Canada!!










FYI...children in Canada CAN go to school without being vaccinated. We actully live in a country where we have the easiest time getting around the vaccination issue. If you chose not to vaccinate they can still go to school, but if there is ever an outbreak of a disease you cannot send them to school for that period of time. Not that it really matters if your pro-vaccine anyways, but just to put that out there. It is a common misconception.






Really?? Huh. I always heard they had to be vaccinated...good to know. Guess I'm not very knowledgable on my own country!!lol



 

Jolene - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Chantel:



Me too! I have heard of instances where the vaccines apparently have caused something to go wrong but the benefits out weigh the risks for me. Giving them the vaccine has a very slight chance of something maybe going wrong but don't give the vaccine and your baby could die from a preventable disease, not to mention it could be passed to other children and cause them to get sick and possibly die!! Also, without vaccines she can't go to school here in Canada!!






FYI...children in Canada CAN go to school without being vaccinated. We actully live in a country where we have the easiest time getting around the vaccination issue. If you chose not to vaccinate they can still go to school, but if there is ever an outbreak of a disease you cannot send them to school for that period of time. Not that it really matters if your pro-vaccine anyways, but just to put that out there. It is a common misconception.

Phillipa - posted on 03/24/2009

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I can't tell you how happy I am that there are people out there that are pro-vaccine especially since I am a nursing sister specialising in a baby clinic and am very pro-vaccine myself. Both my children and my husband groan every year when it comes time for flu vaccines but touch wood, none of us have seen the inside of a hospital because of flu or other related infections from flu.



 

Sara - posted on 03/24/2009

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Honestly, I can understand why some parents don't want to get their children vaccinated, but I don't think it's a personal choice, it's a public health issue. Children who do get vaccinated are still susceptible to some diseases and I don't want my children exposed to children that have not been vaccinated. Parents who chose not to get their children vaccinated are depending upon herd immunity for their children not to get sick, but if enough people in a community chose not to vaccinate, then diseases will start to pop up in that community. This recently happened in Boulder, Colorado. The choice not to vaccinate affects others and not just you and your own family.

Tara - posted on 03/24/2009

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I am pretty sure u are not aloud  to travel overseas unless your kids have been properly vaccinated

Melanie - posted on 03/24/2009

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AGREED! I have three kids and they all have been vaccinated. One year I declined a flu vaccine for my son and guess what, he nearly died that year from the flu. He spent 3 nights in the ICU with fevers ranging from 104 to 105. Luckily he survived and he did not suffer any long term effects. We were lucky. I have never missed/declined shots since. Also, you have ask yourself, are Autism rates really on the rise, or are families more willing to bring it out in the open. These days everything different has a diagnosis, it doesn't mean it didn't exist 50 years ago, just now it has a name.

Chantel - posted on 03/23/2009

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Me too! I have heard of instances where the vaccines apparently have caused something to go wrong but the benefits out weigh the risks for me. Giving them the vaccine has a very slight chance of something maybe going wrong but don't give the vaccine and your baby could die from a preventable disease, not to mention it could be passed to other children and cause them to get sick and possibly die!! Also, without vaccines she can't go to school here in Canada!!

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