What are your thoughts on vaccinations?

Elvira - posted on 12/17/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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As a new parent you always want to do what is best for your child. My husband and I weren't completely decided on vaccinations, but we did feel pressure from the pediatrician that it was the best thing to do. We also were under the impression that vaccinations were required in CA to go to school. As a result we went through with all of the vaccinations but it was heart-wrenching every time to watch him get multiple shots at one time and witness the aftermath. His vaccinations were usually followed by fever and sickness for days to weeks, even when he was in perfect health prior to his appointment. We always asked his pediatrician about it and if the vaccinations were causing the sicknesses, but she would say no. This was always frustrating to us but again we felt we were doing the right thing for him. Now my son is nearly 3 and he is very smart but recently I noticed a bit of a speech delay. He hasn't been diagnosed with anything but we have started him with therapy in hopes that whatever challenge he is having will be overcome and he'll be ready for kindergarten.

This along with our initial uncomfortableness with vaccinations, not to mention I haven't received a flu vaccination since I was a minor and have been fine, have made us decide that we really do not want to vaccinate our next child. I know that I am not a doctor and I am totally assuming this but if we find out my son's delay is something other than typical/normal and is due to other issues, I am really going to blame the vaccinations. I had a very normal pregnancy and delivery with no complications, I ate fairly healthy while pregnant and nursing, and there is no history of delays in my family. I also don't trust what is being put in them, just because we are told one thing doesn't mean that that is what is actually in those vaccinations. As much as our food is allowed to be manipulated, I can't help but suspect that vaccinations are too.

This is a tough topic because I've heard from both sides on this, and I know i need to do more research but I'd like to hear some more feedback from mom's that have vaccinated and mom's that haven't, affects if any, and research you utilized when making your decision.

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