Should I Vaccinate My Newborn? I'm Nervous... I've read the risks, Thoughts?

Katie - posted on 07/21/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )




I've read a lot about the risks associated with vaccinating, I even went as far as to look into the exact ingredients in the vaccines, and I was disturbed to say the least. Any mom's who have experience on both ends would be greatly appreciated,

thank you ladies!


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My thoughts...
The risks are very minimal. I've seen archival footage of tiny babies with whooping cough and children with polio. It made me want to cry, it was tragic and heartbreaking. You can protect your child from these and other diseases that cause such suffering and illness.These diseases will come back into our societies if we don't vaccinate.
I was willing to take the (minimal) risk and vaccinate my babies rather than contribute to the return of these terrible diseases. My kids are normal and healthy, the only side effect they suffered from the vaccinations was a little irritability, and redness at the site of the injection. Nothing else.

Jodi - posted on 07/21/2012




Did you also read the risks of the diseases you would be vaccinating for? How some of them could potentially kill or severely disable your baby? Those risks are worth reading up about too.

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If you decide not to vaccinate (which is your right of course) I pray your little one doesn't come into contact with some nasty preventable disease. Babies still die from whooping cough, and diseases like polio and measles/mumps/rubella have not been eradicated as some would have you believe. Good luck with your decision making.

Kelina - posted on 07/22/2012




if you are really worried, maybe come up with a delayed vaccine schedule. I did a minor delay with my daughter, only one shot at a time per week but still close to on time. I think I'll be waiting a little longer with my son.


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Krista - posted on 07/25/2012




Sharon's right. Whooping cough is actually on the rise lately -- in some places, it's the highest it's been in 50 years.

It's not a risk I would take with my child, that's for certain.

Katie - posted on 07/24/2012





I just spent the last half hour reading your thread. I've been on the fence mostly because everyone has been telling me it's bad parenting not to vaccinate, and my pediatrician says they're safe but my intuition and research say the opposite. It's hard standing alone with this one, it's nice to know some people out there feel the same way I do...I feel like its common sense but it's a challenge sometimes with everything going on to listen to people tell you otherwise. So thanks for your input, greatly appreciated.

Ellie - posted on 07/24/2012




if you read the ingredients, how could you let someone inject that into your newborn??? even if everyone else vaccinates - is that a reason to do the same?

Sarah - posted on 07/22/2012




The risks of the vaccine are FAR less than the risks of the illness. Assume your child will contract the illness during their childhood then decide which risk you think is less.

Tina - posted on 07/22/2012




It can be nerve racking being a mum. And although there may be risks with any vaccine. The benefits out way the risks. Though kids that aren't vaccinated these days still benefit up to a point because a majority of people are vaccinated these days from diseases so there's less chance of catching a serious disease such as polio than many years ago. There is still a risk and as small as it may be. I can honestly tell you how devastating these diseases can be. Knowing older relatives that have suffered from these diseases and even young friends that have suffered from them. Although even with vaccines there is still risk of getting ill and you do need to have boosters later on and make sure you get blood work to make sure you have some immunity still. It is worth getting vaccinated.

If you yourself haven't had blood work done it would also be wise or ask about boosters for yourself. My nanna did once my son was born. She got a whooping cough booster. It's piece of mind.

I had whooping cough in my teens I caught it from a relative who only dropped in for 5 mins to warn us it was going around. I was doing a business course and had to give that up for fear of infecting others. I was vaccinated as a child but wasn't aware at that stage how important boosters are. I had blood work done when I was pregnant with my second and have had boosters for german measles.

I certainly think the benefits outweigh the risks but certainly ask your gp about any concerns. The important thing is you trust your health care provider if not go else where and get a second opinion. this is a really sad story one I would not want you to lose sleep about. But to spread awareness.

Michelle - posted on 07/21/2012




I personally have vaccinated all of my children and am so glad I did. My Mum's husband (he's 76 this year) has whooping cough at the moment and Mum had been with us for 4 days before he was diagnosed with it. The doctor asked if either of them had been in contact with children and if they had been vaccinated. My Mum rang me so worried that she could have passed it on but because all of them are up to date with vaccinations they are fine.

I personally think that the risk of side effects is low but they have to inform you of ALL POSSIBLE side effects. It doesn't mean that your child will have them all or even any. I have never had to give my children anything after their vaccinations and they don't get any of the side effects that we are warned about.

Katie - posted on 07/21/2012





I have read about the risks of the diseases it could protect her from, but it still makes me very uneasy with some of the side effects children have from the vaccines, i'd be devastated if I gave her a vaccine and she had an adverse reaction, but at the same time if she caught one of these diseases i'd never forgive myself... I'm so torn between both sides.

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