Should I vaccinate my baby?
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"Japan used to delay vaccines until age 2 in the 80s, and at that time their SIDS rates were much lower. The rates rose when they went back to the early schedule."
Actually, we discussed this in the last thread on vaccines... the SIDS rate in Japan did not drop, but the SIDS-related vaccine-injury claims dropped. Which makes sense, since they weren't vaccinating. Each mom needs to look into this choice on their own and decide what's best for their family - vaccinations are a personal decision - but I do think we need to be sharing accurate information with each other.
Sharon - posted on 07/20/2009
Yes. Get him vaccinated. Have a modified vaccination schedule if it makes you feel better but get it done.
Your child isn't the only one on the playground or airplane. There are plenty of illegal immigrant children who have no vaccines, illegal immigrants themselves who have had NO vaccines and could possibly be carriers of a disease.
Not to mention legitimate travelers who were exempt for some reason or another and are host to a disease without knowing it. Vaccinate your child.
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Lisa - posted on 07/21/2009
Absolutly, the vaccines have been looked at more closely over the past few years and if you have gotten your other children vaccinated then I see no reason why you should be concerned. Are you seeing any red flags with this child with his behavior that makes you more concerned?
Kate CP - posted on 07/21/2009
Pertussis, diptheria, and tetanus are all deadly diseases and can kill a young child. Recently I was doing research for a friend and came across death certificates from 1900-present in Texas and most of the infant or young child deaths was from Pertussis. Whooping cough is VERY serious especially in infants.
Read the first two paragraphs. If your family doesn't have a history of vaccine reactions and your child has never shown reactions to vaccines then I would seriously, STRONGLY urge you to vaccinate for Pertussis and Tetanus. Very serious diseases that are easily prevented with a shot. Does it make everyone completely immune? No. However, the chances of contracting the disease and getting VERY sick or dying from it drops dramatically. People who catch Pertussis after being vaccinated usually don't have a serious case.
Kate - posted on 07/21/2009
I would not. I do not vaccinate either of my children. It is something you need to seriously research and decide for yourself. There is a lot of evidence out there that vaccines are related to asthma, allergies, autism, SIDS, and more. I was reading some peer-reviewed studies on it this morning. Do not listen to the scare tactics used in the media and on here, that your baby will die if you don't vaccinate. That is EXTREMELY unlikely. Vaccine reactions are much more common than people think, too. This is partially a media bias -- they constantly report disease outbreaks but never vaccine injuries.
Japan used to delay vaccines until age 2 in the 80s, and at that time their SIDS rates were much lower. The rates rose when they went back to the early schedule.
Terrell - posted on 07/20/2009
um as a mom, a grandma and a RN i would have to go with, get him his shots, they have made sure all the vacines with the additive that they were blaming on atisum and other related problems have been pulled off the shelves,,, ther are alot of bad bugs out there and he needs his protection,,,
Heather - posted on 07/20/2009
People today do not remember how many babies and children died of what are now totally preventable diseases and take vaccination for granted. If people stop vaccinating, these diseases will return, as they have to some extent already. My grandfather's four siblings all died of diptheria, and my grandfather had polio, which left him with a limp. The risks from vaccines are miniscule compared to the certainty of complications or death from the diseases they prevent.
Laura - posted on 07/20/2009
Good for you for researching...and while you are researching, REALLY check into how the Japanese do it. They delay the vaccines until the children are over 2 years of age, and their rates of SIDS and Autism are some of the lowest in the world.
We have chosen to delay most vaccines with our children, and totally NOT do some vaccines. You can selectively vaccinate. You can spread the shots out so the child's body is not overwhelmed by so many at one time.
Kelly - posted on 07/20/2009
After just recently having a 4th child others are 8,10,and 12 and our little surprise blessing contracting Pertussis at 2 months and almost dying several times my answer is YES YES YES! I also work with autistic kiddos as a therapist and can see some peoples caution in vaccinating but... our little one who is now 5 months and has been hospitalized 3 times for collapsed lungs, pneumonia, and apnea where we found him not breathing. Please vaccinate or at least do an altered vaccination schedule. Our baby at Now 90 days later and is still on oxygen and 2 monitors due to an illness that is preventable. Keep in mind he was born entirely healthy until he came in contact with someone who chose not to vaccinate their child or get the booster.
Carolee - posted on 07/20/2009
Hello April, I know that there are many ways to go about getting vaccinations if you decide to get them.
Many people are NOT getting vaccinations especially the shots they feel are not warrented or timely.
Do a lot of investigating on both sides.
Don't be in a hurry and go over and check out the non vaccinating mommas to see what they have to say too. Carolee@ SHINE Community
Frankie - posted on 07/20/2009
I can only tell you after doing tons of research, I chose to vaccinate both of my children. I feel the benefits out way the risks. Plus, as someone else on here already mentioned, there are tons of people in this country that are not vaccinated for one reason or another, and they could be carriers of some very nasty diseases themselves.
Ciera - posted on 07/20/2009
absolutely do it. if he were to get one of the viruses he could have been protected against you would feel awful! a little bit of pain to possibly save a life, is worth it. my dad had polio because he never got them and its horrible
Amanda - posted on 07/20/2009
Yes! ABSOLUTELY!!! not more than 50 years ago, children were being infected by diseases like Measles, and Polio. They would die of these. Because of vaccines, these diseases are nearly unheard of. Please vaccinate your baby. It will be hard for you to watch them get their shots, to hold them down as they scream, but you'll be giving your child a wonderful gift of health. A chance to live a long and healthy life! Doesn't your Son deserve that? The risk of your baby getting autism, or something else is negated my the benefits that the immunizations will give.
Alicia - posted on 07/20/2009
Yes. There has been no substantial evidence that would prove that vaccines cause autism. The vaccines are given around the time autism symptoms really start showing up. However, the symptoms of autism were there before the vaccine they just were not as prominent. One out of three children used to die because of illnesses that are now cured by vaccines. That means that one of your three children would already be dead if you lived before we had a means to prevent serious disease. This is not directed at you but directed at the people who are trying to find answers to why their child is autistic. It is not the vaccines.
Melissa - posted on 07/20/2009
I would absolutely vaccinate. Just like having proper healthcare while pregnant, my thought is more, I would feel HORRIBLE if something happened to my child because of something I DIDN'T do. I want to think that I tried everything I possibly could to give them the best start possible. Also, on a side note, I had a student, over 18, who had not been vaccinated, and he was Constantly sick!! So, that really solidified it for me.
Cindy - posted on 07/20/2009
April. Vaccinate your child. If your child is not vaccinated he can contract diseases from other untreated kids and he could DIE or become a vegtable.
Up here in Alberta if you do not vaccinate Your child is not allowd in any school, pool, or able to participate in any community activities.
The SCARE Tactics out on the Web are based on third world countries, by environMENTAList bent on destroying our trust in Healthcare/government. We do not get our vaccines from unreliable means. This is not the 1920's it is 2009.
I would recommend to get him vaccinated, but I definitely think you should look into the issue yourself, as it sounds like you are doing. From my research, it seemed clear that the benefits far outweighed the risks. If you;re interested, here are a few resources on vaccines that may be helpful:
Kelly - posted on 07/20/2009
yes i would get him vaccinated.....there are too many children without there vaccines out there today...and eventually all the diseases that the vaccines prevent will be back and will be effecting children and taking lives........but thats just what i think, and you have vaccinated all of your other children so why would this one be soo different.....
Linnette - posted on 07/20/2009
I am usually the one to say each their own with choices when it comes to someones children..but I would have to agree its very beneficial for him and other children to be vaccinated. I know that certain side effects are present BUT are very unlikely.
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