Should my son get immunizations?

Ghita - posted on 12/11/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I do not believe in immunizations. I have personally never gotten any and I am just fine. I'm just wondering if it is okay if I decide not to get any immunizations for my child. He is doing just fine without them. Will the state or anyone have a problem with my decision?

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Kristie - posted on 12/11/2009

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It's fine if you want to risk your child's health by not vaccinating him but my problem with it is that it also puts my children at risk. If your kid contracts the measles because he is not vaccinated against he can then spread it to other children who are not old enough to have received the vaccine yet. Like my 2 month old. Your son is old enough to most likely recover. My baby would die. So don't vaccinate your child but keep him in the house.

Kathleen - posted on 12/14/2009

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Immunizations have eradicated epidemics that once would claim thousands of children (and adults) every year like Small Pox, Polio, and Dysentery. In WW1, there was a flu epidemic that killed thousands of soldiers before they ever saw combat. I know there are dangers with all medicines. However, there are, for the most part, more benifits than dangers. You say that you never had any and you are fine. You are fine because there have been no epidemics for you to worry about. You are fine because we have better medicines today then 100 years ago. You are fine because we understand the health benefits of good personal hygiene. You are fine because most of the population does get immunized so that you were never exposed to potentially fatal illnesses.
I respect the rights of others to have their own opinions and beliefs. But when those beliefs threaten my life or my child's life, I will take offense and I will not be silent.
Oh..and to the mom who thinks the government profits from vaccines....ask your doctor from whom they purchase vaccines....it won't be the government...it will be a large pharmaceutical company...

Susan - posted on 12/13/2009

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I am for immunization.. I have 2 kids and they both have there shots about a year ago my gf and I had this debate over immunizations..she didn't vaccinate, her child contracted the measles and passed away about 2 months ago at the age of 13 months.. she regrets it every day and has to live with her choice. I just can't see why anyone would not want to protect there child in any way possible. I know the risks but they are so small Ijust couldn't live with myself if that had happened to my child.

Michelle - posted on 12/13/2009

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I was immunised as a child. And all three of my kids are immunised. I would never risk my kids by exposing them to infections and diseases, when there is a prevention to be had. In Australia if you don't immunise your child most childcare centres and schools won't allow you to enrol your child. As they are protecting the other children aswell as staff. We have to provide evidence of immunisation. And if you haven't immunised your child, you have to provide strong evidence of why you choose not to. Everything we do in life is a choice. You may have been fine with not being immunised, but your child may not. This is something that no one can predict. Of course it is entirely up to you as the parent to decide what to do. But you say in your first sentence that you don't believe in immunisation. But you haven't stated the reasons why you are against it. But then you are asking for a public opinion, if it is ok or not to not getting your child immunised. So I am a little confused as to where you stand?

Amber - posted on 12/11/2009

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I recommend immunizations. They are safe and have been around forever. I agree with the other mother's posts, that you are taking a serious gamble with your little one's health. Also, by not immunizing, you are taking a risk with others children. However, it ultimately is up to you.

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Amber - posted on 12/16/2009

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We chose to have our childs shots done my husband and i both had them done my family there isnt anything wrong with us! For schools you are supposed to have them done!

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If you're going to put your child in a public school/ day care I believe it is mandatory to have immunizations. Even though you turned out fine you never know about your husbands side of the genes. If your son ever gets sick there's the risk he could get another child sick. Infants aren't fully vaccinated until they are 2 years old (and I believe the shot for chicken pox and measles aren't given until 18 months).

Amber - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

I chose not to vaccinate my children because they are filled with so many preservatives that are harmful for our children, I would ask your dr for the ingrediant label and research the names that are on there. So many people think its the law but its not I live in Ca and my kids goto school. All I had to do is sign a waiver. As far as putting other kids at risk like some have said, well their children are doing the same. No one is safe from any dieseae just cause they got the vaccine. There are have been so many links of autism to vaccines. I know my kids dr doesnt push them..He believes in them but i know in some cases he has told some parents not to vaccinate cause of allergies and so forth..you just need to make an informative choice, dont get them vaccinated just cause people are making you feel bad. I am happy withy my decision. I know of a child who got whooping cough despite having the vaccine. I think its pushed because it makes money for the govt!! goodluck on ur research and make the choice thats best for your family.


I disagree with your belief that Autism stems from vaccinations.  There has so far been no credible evidence that proves a direct correlation between vaccinations and Autism.  If you look at the last 20-30 years of cases of Autism, you will find a direct correlation between the foods that are consumed, and the rise of Autism cases.  It is my belief that the things that we consume everyday, are the poison that causes such diseases, and illnesses.  Cancer rates are at an all time high, along with childhood disorders.  Also, with the rise of families whom both parents work, processed and boxed food purchases are also rising.  Instead of making a wholesome, natural meal for their families, parents are turning to "junk" foods, to save on time.  I believe that it is these artificial ingredients, and preservatives that are a contribution to Autism, ADHD/ODD, etc.  Back in the 60's and 70's, children recieved these vaccinations, with no long term affects.  That was when parents were generally concerned and made their families well being a priority.  It was odd to hear of Autism, ADHD, etc.  You are right in saying that no one is safe because they have received these vaccines, however, the cases of these diagnosed diseases are low.  On the flip side of that coin, the number of cases that are being diagnosed, are beginning to rise again due to parents failing to have their children vaccinated; for the sake of saying that it is the governments way to make money.  It is not "governent conspiracy".  There are plenty of other ways for our goverenment to make money, than to stick innocent children with needles; rather they will manage to stick these childrens parents with ridiculous taxes, or find some other means of making money.

Eve - posted on 12/13/2009

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I wish I am as brave as you, I also dont believe in immunizations and thought about not to immunize my baby. But that decision of mine didnt get much support from friends and family also with well-organized media and Internet scare campaigns to convince all parents to immunize their children, I gave in. Also like the previous post mentioned you will have problem when you want to enroll your child into a school. but I also know that there are ways around it. Whatever you decide to do.. Good luck with everything!

Lisa - posted on 12/11/2009

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I chose not to vaccinate my children because they are filled with so many preservatives that are harmful for our children, I would ask your dr for the ingrediant label and research the names that are on there. So many people think its the law but its not I live in Ca and my kids goto school. All I had to do is sign a waiver. As far as putting other kids at risk like some have said, well their children are doing the same. No one is safe from any dieseae just cause they got the vaccine. There are have been so many links of autism to vaccines. I know my kids dr doesnt push them..He believes in them but i know in some cases he has told some parents not to vaccinate cause of allergies and so forth..you just need to make an informative choice, dont get them vaccinated just cause people are making you feel bad. I am happy withy my decision. I know of a child who got whooping cough despite having the vaccine. I think its pushed because it makes money for the govt!! goodluck on ur research and make the choice thats best for your family.

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i get them all except for flu shots..but the older ones that we've all gotten, mmr, etc we get those ones it is up to you as the parent though

Lauren - posted on 12/11/2009

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Your doctor or school may tell you that you have to vaccinate your child, but you do not. You have to seek out the exemption form, but they are there.

Mandy - posted on 12/11/2009

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both my children have had all their vaccinations. and so will any more children i have.

before the vacines were availiable, ther was a lot of disease and death. now those diseases are rare.



i would much rather have a heathy child who had all their needles than a sick and possibly dead one.

Missy - posted on 12/11/2009

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One more thing, when you get a vax, you are contagious for up to 3 weeks. And, does not mean you do not get the virus in the future. For instance, my step son had the chicken pox vax and still got chicken pox but just not as bad. BUT he was still contagious. The whooping cough vax is the same, children and adults can still get the whooping cough, but only get a non whoop cough, but still be contagious. AND, once you are an adult, the vax's kind of "run out" of your body...so you have to reget them, if you know of Jennifer Lopez's commercial on the adult whooping cough vax. Adult vax's are popular now.

You would not paint while pregnant because of the fumes and toxins right? Then why would you knowingly put toxins into your baby by a vax? Just because you are vaxed does not mean you will not get the virus. Research it, the answers are out there. If you have any questions just send me a message to my inbox. :)

Missy - posted on 12/11/2009

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It depends on what state you live in. We had to switch pediatricians because my daugthers would not see her after we told him she was not getting any vaccines. We are vax free, and she is perfectly fine too. Our friends do the same and their children are in their teens. There are many many natural remedies for everything instead of injecting toxins into a child. Just remember, people will probably make you feel like you are a neglectful parent if you decide not to vax. But go with your gut feeling and stick to your guns. :) Good Luck.

Cathleen - posted on 12/11/2009

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Usually when you enroll your child in school, immunizations are manadatory. At least they are where I live

Kristie - posted on 12/11/2009

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okay i just reread my previous post and it comes across as kind of harsh. I am in no way saying the you are a bad mother but you need to take a second and think about how your actions are going to affect the lives of the people around you weather they happen to be friend, family or stranger.

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WOW. This question will have some very heated debate. :) You'll have to check for what the laws are where you are living. There are also alternatives to the mainstream immunizations. I'm giving my children a homeopathic version (no side effects) that has HUGE success in Europe.

Christine - posted on 12/11/2009

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To go to school your child has to have them. It's makes them a danger to the other children if he doesn't get them. I'm not saying your little guy is running around with diseases, but unless you want him to be home schooled, you have to get them. My sister waited until my nephew was older, around 3 or 4. And he got them done all at once before starting school. SInce he was older, he understood why he had to get them, so it made her feel better about it. Plus if they don't feel well after the shot, by that age they can tell you what is wrong with them.

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I know that if it is part of your belief then they cannot make you but once the child is getting ready to go to school I know at least here they have to have them. I would find out in your state what the laws are about getting them and not getting them. If you cannot find anything I would ask your childs doctor!

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