My husband and I decided against vaccinating our son. Anyone out there share this view??

Janessa - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 137 moms have responded )

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My husband and I decided against vaccinating our 2 month old son. We prayed about it after reading article after article and books on the topic. I believe that vaccines our linked to a number of health problems in children and adults. Is there anyone else out there that shares this view??

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Jackie - posted on 09/22/2009

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I just have a couple of thoughts for you. First one being if it wasn't for those vaccinations we would still be dying by the 1000s from small pox. My second point well its more of personal experience that you may not have thought of... your unvaccinated child is actually putting the rest of the world at risk. My grandmother was at her doctors office for a prenatal appointment when a mother brought in her child who did not have their MMR shot. This child was ill with german measles and passed them on to my pregnant grandmother. Thankfully she didn't loose my aunt or die herself but my aunt was born 100% deaf due to the infection from German Measles. Her disabilities could have been much worse and plenty of people are disabled due to their mothers getting German measles while pregnant. So much so in Ontario Canada if you have a baby and don't have the antibodies they won't release you until you get a MMR booster. My husbands older sister was lost during pregnancy due to German measles. Its amazing what those mild childhood diseases can do to others when a child isn't vaccinated. Just some food for thought.

Valerie - posted on 09/25/2009

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I also have an issue with vaccinations. It is not so much the vaccine in itself that is the problem but how the virus is grown and what they put in with it. Also even if you do have vaccines you can still get the virus and you have to continue to take boosters for years to come. There is also ethical issues like the fact that they are growing chicken pox vaccine on aborted fetal tissue! Other vaccines are grown on animal parts and there is no long term studies ever done on the effect of vaccines in a long term setting and the effect that it can have years down the road.

I work in healthcare and upsets me that we keep people so uninformed and uneducated on the risks involved in giving children vaccinations. And mostly the reason is because the companys that make these vaccinations are making tons of money and they don't care about the effects that it can ultimately have on people. I could go on and on.



And yes, there is a wavier in most states that you can sign so that your kids can go to school even if they have not had their shots.

Lori - posted on 08/06/2011

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You're definitely not the only one. ;) We stopped vaccinating when I was pregnant with our youngest son, who is now 2. My oldest son had a reaction to his 1 yr shots. There ARE a lot of health issues that are caused by injecting foreign material into your child's body. If you've done the research and made a decision, either way, good for you. I think all parents should be educated on vaccines, what is in them, how they are supposed to work vs. how they actually work, the health risks they pose, the percentage of immunity they give, etc. If a parent then decides to vaccinate, I'm totally okay with that, just like I expect them to be okay with whatever my decision is. My oldest son got chicken pox when he was still fully vaccinated for it. My oldest two sons also both have autism along with other numerous health issues. My youngest son is perfectly healthy and has never been sick aside from the occasional runny nose and cough- my older boys had both had surgery to place pe tubes by this age due to numerous ear infections.

R - posted on 08/01/2011

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The longer you wait, the longer the child has to develop his/her own natural immunities (which are better anyhow), and if you're breastfeeding remember that you are providing your son with the best protection against diseases in the world.

Vaccines are not natural and they are against God's will to inject your body or your child with man-made concoctions of cultured viruses in animal blood (and/or other animal based liquids like monkey pus). No longterm studies have been done about the effects of introducing foreign non-human DNA into developing babies - no wonder the incidence of other childhood diseases is on the rise. Good for you for doing your research and making a decision that is best for your child.

Chantelle - posted on 09/23/2009

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I think you have made your mind up already to not vaccinate so stick with that decision. Go with your gutt instinct. I was not vaccinated as a child and I have never caught chicken pox or german measles or whatever as a child. In saying that though, I vaccinated my children because I thought that was right for my family and am comfortable with that. I was concerned about my children contracting diseases like whooping cough, I got that as an adult and it was agony for me. There is a lot of debate about the 12mth old vaccine causing autism in children but for my son (who has autism) he displayed autistic like behaviour well before this vaccination. So I can't personally blame vaccinations for causing this. In our case, autism is genetic. Just do all the research before you make your decision.

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Donna - posted on 10/17/2011

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me too. Im a CNA and every new job I take they wanna see that I have been vaccinated before they even let me start. Not to mention the time I cut my arm on a floresent light when I was 17 and the first thing I was asked is "when was your last tetanus shot?"

Leeann - posted on 10/17/2011

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My children's doctor has been or family doctor since my husband and his sister were kids, and while I dont always agree w/ what he has to say, i do trust his judgment. I also trust him w/ my kids life. But I am pro vaccine, even w. my son having asthma and excema. Actually that only makes me more so. What if my little one contracted a disease I could have prevented and just as bad what if he got it and gave it to someone else. Personally I think that would make me an irresponsible mom.

Tracie - posted on 10/16/2011

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YES I do, I got wary after my first daughter got Asthma and excema and had other issues later on, my second son got funny goosebumpy skin and after the MMR went backwards(or slowed down) in his development. After all this I was Nannying for a Head Nurse and her husband was a very respected Naturopath- and they had two whole shelves regarding Vaccinations, one Pro Vaccines (written by the drug companies or people paid to by the drug companies) and one shelf full of actuall doctors case studies and other independant research. After a thouroughly good read of books from eaither shelf- I asked for their personal opinion. They told me a healthy child with a strong immune system will be fine without vaccinations and had never had their own children done. I have chosen to not vaccinate my last two children and they are hardly EVER sick, as opposed to the many of my friends children who quite often end up in the hospital with breathing problems and general un-wellness on a too regular basis (funnily enough nearly always 3weeks - 3 months after a jab!!) My Nan after many talks by me NOT to the flu shot- took her Doctors advice and got the first one 3 years ago- she was never sick in her whole life -untill after that shot- now she's been unwell ever since, this saddens me, as we (people generally) seem to take doctors word as if it were God himself speakiing - Lets not forget- over 100 years ago they would drill a hole in your head to stop a headache! It's an experiment on Man-kind one we one day find out about but untill then.... How do you make money out of healthy people?? Convince them that they will get sick unless they have this shot- or that shot.... (drug companies rule the world you know) KEEP UP YOUR STANCE ON THIS ISSUE!! I'm glad to have learned what I did,and to have babysat for those two wonderfull people who changed my childrens lives :-)

Ania - posted on 10/16/2011

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Are you sure? I would try to do research also from the side that is pushing vacciness, just to be sure. Did you think why so many diseases that were eliminated by vacines are coming back now? Because people choose not to vaccinate kids and they carry disease in them, they may not get sick but they are endangering other kids with weaker immune system. If I were you I would really do more research from both sides. I thought about not vaccinating my baby, but then I decided against it.

Stacey - posted on 10/14/2011

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i have 2. one 7 and one 2. My 2 yr old has autism and my 7 yr old does not have any issues. They were both vaccinated. Good question.

Jane - posted on 10/13/2011

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Janessa - Do NOT let your son travel overseas to areas where these diseases are still common. You could lose him.

Sara - posted on 10/13/2011

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The real question is could you live your decision if your child got a devastating disease you could have prevented? Overall, I think the benefits far outweigh the risks.

Janessa - posted on 10/11/2011

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I just wanted to add an update to this question that I asked 2 years ago. My Son is now 2 and is healthy and thriving!! I do not regret the decision my Husband and I made concerning not vaccinating our Son!! He has never been sick other than a little runny nose that lasted a couple of days. He is super healthy and so smart!! I do think that not vaccinating him has made him healthier than if we would have chose to vaccinate. I just really want to encourage parents to not just go with what people tell you that you should do, but research and go with your gut!!

Janessa - posted on 10/11/2011

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I just wanted to add an update to this question that I asked 2 years ago. My Son is now 2 and is healthy and thriving!! I do not regret the decision my Husband and I made concerning not vaccinating our Son!! He has never been sick other than a little runny nose that lasted a couple of days. He is super healthy and so smart!! I do think that not vaccinating him has made him healthier than if we would have chose to vaccinate. I just really want to encourage parents to not just go with what people tell you that you should do, but research and go with your gut!!

Fran - posted on 09/28/2011

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Absolutely! And good for you!! I do think vaccinations are good overall, however, I believe the schedule for these shots have gone WAY overboard. I had both the measles and mumps as a child and lived through them. A child's immune system is not completely intact until the ages of 2-1/2 to 3. We bombard our tiny, innocent children (all in the name of good parenting) with some pretty toxic stuff and sometimes delaying, or spreading out, the schedule is the healthiest route to take. My son was fine until that MMR @ about 16mos. of age. Today he is an autistic, non-verbal adult whom I love very much, and yet I do feel that with the high fever, leg swelling and overall crankiness that he experienced for several days did change his development from that point on. (Mother's observation) We are dealing with very fragile immune systems here and science tells us it's the little boys (70%) that have developed autism. Science doesn't tell us, however, why we deal with autism and speculation will probably go on for eons. Why take the chance when immunizations can be done in a more rational way that what is being presented now. Again, my views only.

Leeann - posted on 09/27/2011

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I find myself in between as well, I'm sure there may be some benefits to not getting it. but i feel the benefits of getting the shot out weigh the risks. my son was recently diagnosed with asthma and he has to have the flue shot.

Cara - posted on 09/27/2011

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I personally am in between. There are some that i do get...such as Polio. There are many that are pointless to me(flu, chicken pox.....). I personally just weigh out which would be worse...the possible side effects from the vaccine or the things the sickness can cause. I also did choose to get the pertussis one for my youngest simply because she had RSV as a tiny baby and something like pertussis could reign hard on her body.

Keelah - posted on 09/26/2011

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I am just like you Janessa. I was ignorant about alot of things(like most parents) before become a mother of two boys. Me and my husband drove our selves nuts trying to figure out what to do about vaccinating our sons and we also were going to home school our sons, but however my two yr old and four yr old are vaccinated and it was very hard for me to accept it, but I have. You can always reverse vaccinations by feeding yourself or you son healthy, fresh, organic and herbal(homeopathic) foods to keep the body strong and healthy. I'm now and herbal freak because I want my family to be healthy. I command you on you choice, but it can be very very stressful, I know. Good luck and God bless you family. Google homeopathic and holistic health if you do decide to vaccinate your son.

Lisa - posted on 08/23/2011

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update on my first comment: my two older sons got selective vaccinations starting when they were 3 and 4 years old, one shot, one time. then wait a month or two then another shot, but only with the vaccines I believe the disease is worse to have. Polio and tetanus. My NOW 4 yr old daughter (who was two when I first commented) and my almost two year old son have not gotten any vaccines and I don't think they ever will. you can sign a waiver and still have your kids in a public school without shots. and this is a very heated debate which is why I stay out of the mud slinging. I did my research, I read the books, I studied the diseases and the cures or lack there of, I studied vaccines. I didn't just click around on the internet or ask people, I read actual books. Vaccines aren't the end all be all. They were helpful when used in moderation back when people didn't have all the cleaning products they do now. You can have a safe, healthy life without vaccines. Check out Homeopathic Remedies. They are available at most health stores and they cure a lot of issues. Also make sure to provide your family with the best nutrition possible (less refined foods--white breads and sugars, and more veggies and fruits and organic when possible)

Elizabeth - posted on 08/23/2011

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My husband and I have vacinated our son and plan on doing with the next baby. I don't believe autism is caused by the shots cause my best friends 3 kids are not vaccinated and all 3 have autism, same with my younger cousin. My kid is completely healthy and will continue to get his shots.

April - posted on 08/23/2011

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No and please don't send your child to my school where he may spread a preventable deadly disease. Do you really want to risk losing your child to something that can be prevented? Do you get flu shots? Are you going to stop those? Do you want adults caring for your child, including health care professionals, to be vaccinated? Things to think about before you put others at risk.

Valerie - posted on 08/22/2011

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do you know anyone who has polio ??? i do and seen what she went through in an iron lung and crippled for life wearing a capiler and in hospital months at a time and her husband looking after a house children and going to work ..she was 24 years old .. THINK .. Iwould not wish that on a/one never lone my own flesh and blood.. i have 5 children now aldults all sound of mind and sucessful with their own kids and evey one have had all vaccinations.. as a grandmother of 14 and great g/mother all vacc.. i say think of the child you can never undo damages that happen to the kids health.. Were you Vacc.. ???

Angela - posted on 08/22/2011

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oh dear this can be a very hot topic with very strong views on both sides.. please do all the research that you can to be happy with your decision.. I know there is some theories on issues in regards to vacinations but the evidence does not appear to be significant, by not vacinating, children that are vacinated are at a higher risk (even if you are home schooling they will go into society at some point..) I personally choose to vacinate as I am a health professional and am aware of what these awful diseases can do both in the short and long term - I guess the biggest thing you need to be comfortable with is how you will feel when your children contract these diseases and the consequences which are more severe than those that have been vacinated.. also consider that even if they are isolated as children, they will eventually grow up and be exposed to the diseases as adults - which can also have worse consequences as opposed to a childhood infection. I have just re-read your post and see you are wanting like-minded replies so I hope you do not find my post condescending but I felt I had to just put that out there.... you of course have the right to make decisions that you are comfortable with.. I would also just like to add tho, that although I am pro most vaccines, I am also wary of new ones that have been rushed though or that long term studies have not been completed due to thier 'newness' so while I dont sit on the fence with the older ones, I do research each new vaccine and check it's credentials (for example I refused the H1N1 whilst pregnant..)

Katie - posted on 08/22/2011

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I have picked and chosen what my child is vaccinated for, and how he was vaccinated, I believe it is in every parents right to do what they feel in this regard. I choose to seperate our MMR vaccine into three seperate mercury free shots and have not given my child the chicken pox vaccine. don't let anyone talk you out of your decision, that's your child :)

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Though I understand your concerns about vaccinating, I think the benefits far outweigh the risks. My fear is that the child would contract something as awful as polio. I know that you plan on homeschooling but at some point you child may be around other children and people who may or may not have some strain of a preventable childhood disease.

Mary - posted on 08/21/2011

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Jane, I worked as a histotechnologist for over 15 years. I do understand just a bit about biology. So your sanctimonious condenscending self righteousness does not apply here. Are you aware that there are plenty of other valid studies that were not discredited, but not allowed to be published or have been banned by the FDA.It is a shame that most physicians do not take the time to perform a detailed pre-vaccination neurological examination and a post-vaccination neurological examination and simply assume that the benefits of vaccinations outweigh their risks. Countless children’s lives are being jeopardized if physicians don’t simply do what they are trained to do.

In many offices physicians see at least 4 to 6 patients per hour and they don’t take the time to do a thorough review of the patient’s medical, neurological, developmental, and behavioral history, and they don’t perform and document a detailed physical examination. It is assumed that vaccinations are safe and therefore no follow up evaluations are performed at weekly or monthly intervals, as appropriate, depending on the patient’s response.

Another contributing factor is the lack of continuity of care because patients are often seen by different physicians when they come to the office.

Many of the signs and symptoms that patients may develop after vaccinations are often nonspecific and it is difficult to pinpoint a cause unless detailed medical records are available. Because of that the exact causes of health concerns such as asthma, eczema, behavioral abnormalities, speech delays, and learning difficulties often remain unknown.

Doctors often spend little time with their patients when they come in for a consultation. Generally, vaccinations are given by nurses who are not trained to recognize those health conditions that may put patients at risk for adverse vaccine reactions. Any adverse reactions that patients do develop such as severe pain at the injection site and systemic symptoms such as fever are often considered normal. Doctors don’t generally recognize that these are indications that the body is being injured by the vaccines.

Finally, a disincentive is that doctors may not get reimbursed by insurance companies for taking the time to do really good assessments of their patients before and after vaccinations.

Jane, If you want to discount Dr. Haley's reasearch, the biochemist who testified before congress in 2009 on behalf of the validity of the link between autism, and vaccines as well as Dr. Eisenstein who conducted and successfully researched similar findings; I think your sanctimonious attitude is a dangerous one. News flash most of the people who have children with autism have no genetic link found. Where are you getting your research from CNN or ABC? Hmmm.... When a child's life is at risk I think it's more prudent to err on the side of caution. Who do you think has the back of these children and these parents, Obama? At the end of the day who has to live with autism, not the government, not the drug companies. The issue is a lot more complex than you can see from your ivory tower.

Kristi - posted on 08/20/2011

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It's such a heartwrenching topic for parents! I have 2 girls and really appreciated the information I found in The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears. It had really balanced information about vaccinations, and the pros and cons. It had a suggested schedule in it that I thought was reasonable and prudent, and eliminated most of the vaccines that I suspect are really created and marketed to make pharmaceutical companies money. Good luck with your decision.

p.s. for those wondering about school requirements... you don't have to vaccinate to attend public or private school or daycare. All you have to do is sign a waiver stating you do not vaccinate so that they will notify you if an outbreak occurs for something you are not vaccinated for. Then you will not be able to attend school until the outbreak is cleared and over. The government cannot require you to vaccinate your children, and is required to allow them to attend school regardless. Even in Texas. Yahoo!

Jane - posted on 08/18/2011

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BTW, heritability contributes about 90% of the risk of a child developing autism. That means it's in the genes.

Jane - posted on 08/18/2011

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Isn't anyone here aware that the study that claimed that vaccines were related to autism has been thoroughly discredited? The study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study. Of the 12 cases Wakefield examined in his paper, five showed developmental problems before receiving the MMR vaccine and three never had autism.

The paper has been retracted and deemed as scientific fraud. In addition, Wakefield was paid by a law firm ($674,000) that intended to sue vaccine manufacturers -- a serious conflict of interest he failed to disclose. He has been stripped of his medical license.

The worst part of all this is that it has caused folks to stop looking as hard for the real causes of autism, plus as parents stop vaccinating, disease rates go up. Children have died that shouldn't have.

Amy - posted on 08/18/2011

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I would vaccinate just spread it out and make the doctor break the shots up. My first son has autism so with my second we did this. He still has a few issues but not full blown autism.

Micheline - posted on 08/18/2011

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I share the same view. After reading a number of articles and looking at some of the ingredients in them, I have come to the same conclusion. Although when I made this decision, my children were older so then again they had already received some of the vaccinations but not all of them. And now my children were faced with the same decisions. All of my 3 grand children have NOT received any vaccinations whatsoever and are very healthy. Why fix something that isn't broken? You might have a bit of a challenge when the children get of school age because the schools say they require their vaccinations, but when my children were in school and I refused the vaccinations, I received a letter highlighting that they would be sent home. I continued reading, and it followed by saying that if I refused because of personal or religious beliefs, I had to sign an affidivat. Good for you for trusting yourself enough to protect your children.

Julie - posted on 08/16/2011

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I have an 8 month old son and he hasn't had any shots. I may get a few like tetanus when he's older but I'm not sure yet. There are to many questions surrounding vaccinations and the horrible side-effects, the worst being autism for me to risk my perfect baby.

Mary - posted on 08/16/2011

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This issue is not a black and white yes or no issue. There is tremendous evidence to suggest that bombarding our children with the amount of vaccinations that we currently have in our pediatric protocol can be dangerous and even deadly. I know personally more than 5 people who children have suffered from grand mal seizures directly after being administered Pertussis vaccine. There is another theory suggesting that the child's immune system can be damaged by bombarding them with the amount of vaccines that we do. In other countries they wait until the child is at least 18-24 months of age. My first born suffered damage from the MMR shot and is now permanantly brain damaged by the measles vaccine having infected his brain (it was in his spinal fluid). My second son I chose not to vaccinate until he was older. I did allow a choice few vaccines that I knew might save his life, such as pneumococcal pneumonia and meningitis as well as whooping cough as an infant, as these are diseases that are actually out there and could kill him. As for the other vaccines, they can be separated out and not given in groups. My 5 year old just had most of his "infant" vaccines this year. The only time he had been ever sick in his life was after a vaccine. This is a really tough issue when you have your child's well being in your hands and the government is trying to get you to swallow the coolade on the vaccines. In a nutshell, I think vaccines do have there place, but I do think that the current required vaccines have more to do with drug companies making guarenteed incomes from vaccines and less to do ( a lot less) with our children's health.

Melanie - posted on 08/16/2011

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they can attend school with an exemption form. you can get medical, religious, or ethical exemptions depending where you live. no one should be forced to inject heavy metals and allergens into their babies or themselves.

Jane - posted on 08/14/2011

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@April - What part of Texas do you live in that vaccines aren't required for school?! Texas law states that every child attending public or private school (K-12) must have 9 different vaccinations before they enter school, and younger kids in daycare have to have had 3.

Our schools have all required that we give them a copy of the kids' immunization records, an if they think your kid is missing a vaccination, they send a letter home that gives you 10 days to get it and prove it or your kid gets kicked out of school.

The only way out of it is to apply for and get an official state exemption, and that makes you jump through a lot of red tape hoops.

April - posted on 08/14/2011

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we gave our daughter the dtap vaccine, but that was the only one. i know many kids who have no vaccines as well as a lot that do have all their vaccines. the ones with no vaccines are by far less likely to get common sicknesses. their immune system seems to be much stronger. we did a lot of research as well and felt that for the majority of the vaccines, the risks far outweighed the benefits.
as far as school, it depends on where you live. I live in texas and vaccines are not required for school.
just give your baby his vitamins and keep his immune system good and you shouldnt have any problems. As far as travelling, i am not vaccinated and I have been all over the world. You can sign a release for yellow fever and other shots for certain countries. Ive never had a problem.

Marissa - posted on 08/12/2011

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I chose to vaccinate my children. I told people I would rather have a child with autism then a child dead from something I could have prevented by a shot. Yet again, I have 2 children with autism and one with special needs that we have yet to find his "why".

Lori - posted on 08/07/2011

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http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/h...
This is a very informative article, I recommend all parents read it before making the decision to vax or not. I have three biological sons, two have been vaccinated, one has not. The two who were vaccinated both have autism, the one who was not vaccinated does not. Does that mean vaccines caused it? No, but I'M the one who deals with my sons' struggles day in and day out and I'm not willing to inject my sons with any more toxins. The biggest misconception of parents who vaccinate have about parents who don't vaccinate is that the parents who don't vaccinate count on the immunity of those who do- that is completely FALSE. Good hygiene is an important factor. So is current medical technology. My unvaccinated child is more likely to get sick from his vaccinated friends who have compromised immune systems from vaccines than his friends who are also unvaccinated and completely natural immune systems. My child who has never received a single vaccination is and always has been much healthier than his brothers who received vaccines for the first few years of their lives. My oldest son caught chicken pox when he was fully vaccinated, but my middle son (just 1 vax) and my youngest (no vax) never caught it from him. Also, for those who think you cannot travel without vaccines, that is completely false. The only people in this country who cannot get a vaccine exemption are our military service members, to whom experimental vaccines and medicines are given (my husband is in the Army so yes, I know this first hand). There may be some states who don't allow exemptions for school, but most do. Daycare is another story and laws may vary by state, but in my state daycare facilities do not have to accept a waiver. For the mom who said homeschooled children lack social skills, you are sorely mistaken. I have done both and I prefer homeschooling. I know many home schooling families and their children and mine are not lacking in social skills due to homeschooling. In fact, it gives my autistic sons more of a chance to interact with socially skilled peers as well as unique learning opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have.

Jane - posted on 08/03/2011

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I really wish more people were required to take and to UNDERSTAND biology.

Melanie - posted on 08/03/2011

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my husband and I didnt want to vaccinate our daughter how ever in the long run we did. I totally agree with you. if only the world wasnt so corrupt i would of followed in your foot steps. I defiantely SUPPORT you. Thank you for your insight.

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I never vaccinated my two month old either. My kids did not get any shots until six months old.

Jane - posted on 04/19/2011

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You asked "Is there anyone else out there that shares this view?? "

My opinion is that you are making a bad decision. Luckily for your children most people DO vaccinate. Their risk of being exposed to these nasty diseases is limited because of that. You are piggybacking on those of us who do vaccinate.

In addition, there is no scientific proof that vaccines cause autism. The one study that claimed that has been found to be woefully flawed.

My first serious boyfriend got polio. He lived but will always have a weak leg. My father's best friend died of polio over the course of two days. My husband got TB when he was a kid and suffered life-long problems from it. A family friend got scarlet fever and suffered permanent heart damage. As far as I can tell, not vaccinating leads to long term health problems in children and adults.

There is a reason that the Victorians had such large families: without vaccinations and without antibiotics only a few of those many children made it to adulthood. Now if you have two kids you can reasonably expect to raise two kids. Vaccination is a large part of that.

Jane - posted on 04/19/2011

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You asked "Is there anyone else out there that shares this view?? "

My opinion is that you are making a bad decision. Luckily for your children most people DO vaccinate. Their risk of being exposed to these nasty diseases is limited because of that. You are piggybacking on those of us who do vaccinate.

In addition, there is no scientific proof that vaccines cause autism. The one study that claimed that has been found to be woefully flawed.

My first serious boyfriend got polio. He lived but will always have a weak leg. My father's best friend died of polio over the course of two days. My husband got TB when he was a kid and suffered life-long problems from it. A family friend got scarlet fever and suffered permanent heart damage. As far as I can tell, not vaccinating leads to long term health problems in children and adults.

There is a reason that the Victorians had such large families: without vaccinations and without antibiotics only a few of those many children made it to adulthood. Now if you have two kids you can reasonably expect to raise two kids. Vaccination is a large part of that.

Kari - posted on 04/19/2011

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I have 2 older children, ages 12 & 9 and vaccinated them and had no problems. My daughter is now 1 and I have also had no problems with her vaccines. I think the benefits out weigh the risk.

A - posted on 03/22/2011

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Hi:) I would lke to know which vaccine at 12months is linked to autism? I have heard this but was unsure which vaccine as my baby is only 8 weeks old. Thanks!

Shonda - posted on 03/10/2011

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I am a mother with 3 kids, my 2 oldest r boys, both of them have autism, they both changed after 12 month shots, they weren't the same kids i had put to be the night before. Now my 3rd is my 8 month old little girl she just recieved her vaccines @ 6 months old, she was developing GREAT! she had hit all of her milestones needing to be hit by that point. now 2 months later she is delayed in every area possible. She doesn't sit up she does this really wierd hard rocking motions, she doesn't care to play with her toys she wants her plastic wipey package. I was oblivious to the dangers of vaccines, so now that I have done countless hours of research, i believe teh vaccines r to blame. my oldest is 5 my middle is 3 & like i said my youngest is 8 months, they were all vaccinated. I will not give them another vaccine. & for the people who say my kids can't get into school with out the vaccines i will say you r dead wrong. Look up your states laws on vaccinations before enrolling in school. Oklahoma says i don't have to vaccinate my kids for Religous, philosophical, or medical reasons. I choose to use the religious reasons, the Bible says your body is a temple, I don't want harmful chemicals in my children's bodies

Sarah - posted on 09/21/2010

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I've done tons of research too & I am 100% confident in my decision to have my son vaccinated.

Alyssa - posted on 09/21/2010

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My son is almost five months old and he is NOT vaccinated, his doctor told me that he only cares about a few of them...that told me a lot right there. I have done tons and tons of research online, which I don't think most people do, they just have total trust in their child's doctor without learning about the vaccines themselves.

Sarah - posted on 09/19/2010

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I would never NOT have my son vaccinated. He is 12 months old & has all of his shots & is going for his next round of shots in the next few weeks. Haven't you been reading about all the cases of whooping cough that are popping up in California? Whooping cough can be VERY dangerous, but can also be protected by a vaccination. I just don't understand why people would be anti-vaccination. But, at the same time, even though I don't share the same opinion as you, you have the right to do what you want.

Jodi - posted on 09/18/2010

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Im not going to be judgemental (well I hope it doesnt come across that way) but just wanted to say that people who choose not to vax/immunize can make those decisions because we live in a society where the majority do therefore the ones that don't are relitively safe from catching anything too serious. Im not suggesting that people who don't vax/immunize should be thanking those who do, Im just saying that diseases are kept from becoming an everyday threat to our children because alot of people do vax/immunize which makes it possible for people to make the decision whether or not they want to vax/immunize. I wonder what would happen if we all stopped vax/immunizing? I think we should all be thankful that we live in a society where we have the luxury of making this kind of decision.

Kathy - posted on 09/17/2010

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I believe there are pros and cons to it, when I was younger right after I was vaccinated for scarlet fever I got it, along with my younger brother. They determined it to be a bad batch because most of the kids that got from that batch got sick... I barely remember getting sick, but I know it was very very bad. My daughter will get ALL of hers till she is 18 because I would rather protect her from what ever I can, so many of the illnesses that you get needles for have or can have very serious side effects that can alter your life. Polio is one, my aunt had it when she was young and I don't remember ever seeing her walk without help, when I was young it was a cane, but last I remember she was in a wheel chair most of the time. I'm sorry but things like that I would rather make sure she's as safe from as possible.

Donna - posted on 09/16/2010

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absolutly not. excuse me for being so nasty but HELLO small pox. yur child can still get it. All of thoes diseases that they make vaccenes for are still out there. What would you do if yur kid cut himself on a rusted nail at a friends house and got horribly sick b/c you chose not to vaccinate yur kid.

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Vaccinating your child is basically one big CHANCE. If you don't vaccinate you have the what-if your child gets what it is you are vaccinating against. If you do, you have the what-if it IS possibly related to autism and whatever else related to them and they get it. Basically, I chose to vaccinate my son. I could research all I wanted but there is NO definite proof out there relating autism to vaccinations. Everything is bias and I HATE that. You see different horrible cases from either side-vaccinated or unvaccinated. Here I am vaccinating my child and suddenly he starts imitating his cousin by spinning in circles or his love for wheels and I'm literally freaking out about autism when this is a completely natural little boy (or even girl) behavior! It gets to be a bit ridiculous after awhile. I don't frown upon your choice at all. Everyone has their own choice=)

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