Unvaxxed Kids a Health Threat?

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Unvaxxed Kids a Health Threat?
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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 1:29pm

The "profile" of the non-vax parent is middle-class, college educated and web-savvy, she said.

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Registered: 10-20-2007
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 5:02pm
I was actually thinking about this today after seeing this last night on tv. Definately hot topic. It worries me that people are not vaccinating their kids. Whooping cough is on the rise in my area, and babies have died recently too, as they cannot get the whooping cough vaccine until 2 months of age. So it terrifies me that I could have a newborn die because others are not vaccinating their kids. "Herd health" is very correct. I know that worrying about it won't protect my newborn, but I will breathe a sigh of relief after he or she passes the 2 month mark and can start the vaccines.

Just my opinion. Thanks.
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Registered: 06-04-2007
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 5:14pm
I completely agree with the article! I have a daughter with asthma and to know that she could be at risk of becoming sick or worse just because some cuckoo out there "chooses" not to vaccinate their child against proven killer diseases makes me physically ill. Your "rights" end when they encroach on my safety and the safety of my family. You may have the right to do what you wish with your body but you also have the responsibility to not harm the health of those you come into contact with. I am so grateful that my daycare and pediatrician's office are "vaccine only" zones and that I don't have to worry about her there. Gamble with your child's health if you want to but you have no right to gamble with my child's health in the process!
I'm VERY passionate about this and make no excuses for my stance. Flame on, I can take it! ;)
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Registered: 04-02-2011
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 9:16pm
This is a hot topic right now. I am touches by it personally. I work in the schools with kids and I know that vax rates are down below "herd" immunity. I have many parents, many in the special ed arena, that aren't vax or are on a modified schedule. Also,in my area, are many low income families and transient families that don't have or don't access healthcare. This scares e a bit because I found out via bloodwork that although I've ad my scheduled mmr shots, I'm not immune to rubella. Because its a live vaccine, I can't get it while pregnant. But the disease could be detrimental at this point it could cause miscarriage, developmental delays and ongoing illnesses. It's hard to spot because in kids it's usually mild and has a 2-3 incubation period. I get drolled on every day and the virus itself can live on skin. So, yes I'm hoping that most of my students have been vaxed. It's scary to think that as many as half of my kids haven't been and/or may be carriers. So,to protect my wee one and others (maybe a preg lady inmy shoes in a few years), yes I'll be vax my child and following the recommended schedule.
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Registered: 04-15-2005
Wed, 11-30-2011 - 9:33am
I have a hard time with this. I am not informed enough to debate it. We chose to do delayed vaccinations, and will probably be following Dr. Sears' guide on it this time.

I just think people need to do their research and decide when/what to vaccinate. I think it's silly to give a 2week old baby a vaccination for Hep B. That was one we delayed for awhile, as there was no need. It would be different if maybe someone in our immediate family HAD Hep B, but even then, it's a disease transferred through blood etc.

My two cents :)

 

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Registered: 08-01-2003
Wed, 11-30-2011 - 1:32pm
The only one I seriously thought about delaying w/ DD was chicken pox (would have gotten her vaxed before school if she didn't get the disease), but ended up letting them give it to her.
This one will get all of his/her vaxes on time as well.
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Registered: 04-02-2011
Wed, 11-30-2011 - 3:05pm
Thanks ladies for bringing up the thoughts about hep b and chicken pox. This is my first so it helps me hearing others' thoughts. My newest thoughts after reading that is to also think about risk to certain diseases, like the 2 week old and hep b. For someone having a first, maybe being a SAHM, with low risk, it could be different than for someone who has kids in school, exposed to a lot, in a higher risk area. Hmmmm. Interesting thoughts. Thanks ladies.
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Registered: 01-20-2005
Wed, 11-30-2011 - 3:28pm

My husband works with the public. So we vax. Delayed. No real schedule. Just 2 at a time max.

Nothing at the hospital.Our peds office does it...period.

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Registered: 09-25-2007
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 10:58pm
I think it is completely irresponsible to the community, who rely on herd immunisation, to not vax your kids. You dont want to vax your kid so my newborn who can not yet get a vax catches something that could have been prevented. Here in Australia they just bought in that you have to vax your kids on time and on the normal schedule or your benefits get cut (our benefits are different from yours, nearly everyone gets some form of government benefits, family tax benefit or child care rebate etc before this came in anyone who chose to vax got money from the government at different stages of the vax schedule.. now if you dont vax not only do you miss out on that money but you dont receive the whole amount of other incentives like the family tax ben or child care rebate) suffice to say my kids will be immunised to the australia gov recommendation, but NOT because of the money incentives.. because i believe its the safest thing to do for my family and the community.
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Sat, 12-03-2011 - 11:56am

I plan to vax this baby on time as much as possible, following a peds instructions. I have worked in daycares and now in a school and I have seen illnesses spread like wildfire because one parent chose not to get their child vaxxed at all. I work at a school with a large immigrant/refugee population and they are made to vaxx their children on time as soon as they get here to catch them up and there is usually a period between vaxx and when they can start at school to make sure

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Registered: 11-30-2008
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 10:41pm
We vax on schedule. The whole idea of vaccines is that everyone who can be vaxed will be so those who can't will be safe. I think it's selfish to choose not to vax and put others at risk.
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