To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

Corinne - posted on 05/23/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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What are peoples experiences with this? Any good resources backing both sides?

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Sal - posted on 05/24/2012

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unless you suspect or know that your child will have an adverse reaction (and i mean servere allergy or reation not a sore arm or runny nose) you have nothing to worry about with a vaccine and plenty to worry about with the illnesses they are safeguarding against...whooping cough kills, measles kill, this isn;t a game we are playing it is serious and i urge you to think not only of your child (who is always going to be your no. 1 priority) but also your community as a whole, one unvaccinated child can pass on whooping cough to a unvaxinated baby and it can die...that is really the only thing that is in my mind when i think of this issue...if it were my child p[assing on the virus i'd never forgive myself, and if you gave it to my baby i;'d never forgive you..
i have 3 children all fully vaccinated and i have not had anything more than a sore arm for a day, i am fully vaccinated and so is hubby and when i had my childen i made my parents get up to date as well, i personally know of on one who has had a bad reaction, and that is over the past 17 years since my son was a baby..i know people do but i don;t personally know any

Sherri - posted on 05/24/2012

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Sorry you will find a million sites on both sides of this argument. The best bet is simply speak to your pediatrician and get all your questions answered that way.

I personally would NEVER not vaccinate my children. There lives are far to precious to me to risk a life threatening disease that can be avoided by a vaccination. I choose to vaccinate for my children's health and honestly for the twits who opt not too, and for those who can't vaccinate due to medical reasons (simply my honest opinion).

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Sarah - posted on 05/24/2012

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Just a note on the term "new" vaccines, vaccinations (as with any other medication) go through rigorous testing and trials before they are offered to the public. This is not something that happens over one or two years, but over many years (at least 15-20). With any introduction of vaccinations to the public, there has been hesitation by people to accept them. It does not mean they aren't safe or haven't research on their side effects and efficacy because to be offered to the public, it has had mandatory testing in order to get to that point. I got my children all the vaccinations offered to them, including the chicken pox vaccine. My daughter will have the HPV vaccine when she is old enough. I feel the extremely rare chance of reaction is a better choice than potentially getting the illness and causing brain damage, infertility, or death.

Kelina - posted on 05/24/2012

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www.kidshealth.org Take a look at what the things your baby is being vaccinated against can actually do. Personally I've vaccinated both my kids, with the exception of the MMR for my daughter. Like others have said this has been debated to death lol. in the end it's your choice, and depending on how much you like your paediatrician or doctor you might want to talk to them. But I did my research on what these diseases do, rather than about the vaccines themselves and my daughter didn't get the MMR simply because I felt she wasn't ready not because of a faulty study connecting the MMR to autism. Go with your gut. Good luck!

Corinne - posted on 05/24/2012

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I think blindly accepting any vaccine to be good for your kids isn't wise. These new vaccines they offer haven't been tested long enough to know the long term effects. If the vaccine is still on the market and older than me AND my mom it's good to go in my eyes. I think giving my new baby's body and brain more time to let the vaccine settle in is the better way to go... it makes total sense to me that their little system couldn't handle one blow after the other.

If I didn't know that the diseases are at an all time high I think I would feel differently. Knowing that I don't want my kids going out in the germ buckets of day cares and schools unprotected.

Corinne - posted on 05/24/2012

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OMG, people are going nuts! I just read one post and it was so heated.... The claim it causes autism is so stupid to me, I just don't want to inject crazy chemicals in my kids if they don't need it. I did find that a lot of the diseases the vaccines are for are coming back and that makes me nervous. I think I'll just keep them spaced out more than they usually are and only ones required. I got the H1N1 vaccine and miscarried because of it, no new vaccines for me or my kids ever again!

Liz - posted on 05/24/2012

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Huge number of lengthy threads on this subject. You'll find that that both sides get passionate. I don't think, actually, that there is any subject more likely to provoke 'heat'. Good luck.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/24/2012

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I would get facts before I asked opinions. People on both sides go bananas. Good luck!

Kaitlin - posted on 05/23/2012

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there are about a thousand of these discussions on this site. They get very heated.

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