Hypothetical "What would you do?"

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Registered: 08-09-2009
Hypothetical "What would you do?"
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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 5:53pm

This question is for those parents that have chosen not to vaccinate based on information they have read on the interwebz.

What would you do if your child caught and died or was permanently disabled from a disease that they were supposed to be vaccinated against early in life?

Who would you blame? Would you try to sue someone?

I'm not trying to flame anyone for their choices, but I've always wondered this "what if". Just as I'm free to choose to vax my child, everyone else is free to not to.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Fri, 09-11-2009 - 1:46pm
I'm 100% with you on that one!! I don't do the "what ifs" game with regard to anything .. I would drive myself crazy to allow my mind to elaborate in such a way.



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Registered: 08-09-2009
Fri, 09-11-2009 - 3:54pm
Oh ok. But GBS isn't one of those diseases that the vast majority of people have any symptoms for, which was my point. You could very well have it right now and not know it.
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Registered: 10-18-2007
Fri, 09-11-2009 - 8:01pm
I call it "shoulding all over yourself".
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Registered: 10-18-2007
Fri, 09-11-2009 - 8:21pm

I don't see how that is supposed to change how I'd feel if I lost a child? Loss of a child, in any way, is terribly tragic.

If you are wanting me to tell you how I'd feel if one of my over-vaccinated kids died from a disease that I vaccinated against... well, it would pretty much solidify my current feelings on the matter entirely, and I would feel profound grief.

If you are wanting me to tell you how I'd feel if one of my unvaccinated kids died from a disease that I chose NOT to vaccinate against... well, I'd feel that same profound grief. And I'd wonder what I did wrong treating their symptoms that would result in their immune system failing them, as none of my children are compromised. If I suppressed or palliated necessary symptoms due to irrational fear, I'd likely blame myself. If someone else suppressed those necessary symptoms, I'd probably blame them. Sue? For what? Won't bring the child back.

When my fully vaccinated kids get sick, I never really know what's wrong with them because they don't present proper symptoms to *anything* and I constantly worry about them getting other people sick... vaccinated, not vaccinated, too young, what-have-you.

In the end, I wake up every day happy to be alive - who knows? That might stop tomorrow.

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Fri, 09-11-2009 - 9:56pm
When you reference GBS are you referring to Guillain- Barre Syndrome or Group B Strep? Because I have not read of Group B Strep being a side effect of the anthrax vaccine, though I have not looked too far into the anthrax vax as

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Registered: 08-09-2009
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 6:03am

>>When my fully vaccinated kids get sick, I never really know what's wrong with them because they don't present proper symptoms to *anything* and I constantly worry about them getting other people sick... vaccinated, not vaccinated, too young, what-have-you.<<

This kind of sounds like you're saying your fully vaccinated kids present symptoms differently than your unvaccinated child? As if vaccinating a child has anything to do with presentation of symptoms?

I could be confused. Could you please clarify?

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Registered: 12-27-2005
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 8:59am
Ok, I've been reading you mention GBS .... and you mentioned pregnancy ... are you talking

 

Tracy - wife to Ron since 9/9/03, mom to college sophomore, Jason (18), high school Junior Chase
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Registered: 10-18-2007
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 10:26am

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It has plenty to do with it. My unvaccinated kids respond robustly to all kinds of exposures to disease causing agents, starting first with a nice high fever. My vaccinated kids, due to their previous repeated exposures to vaccines have induced enough of an immune response within them to destroy *most* of whatever is causing the problem. They have minor symptoms.... runny noses, coughs, etc... these minor symptoms don't mean they aren't sick - they are just asymptomatic and just as capable of making another person sick.

I believe the provax spin for this is: "If you do get a disease for which you've been vaccinated, the symptoms are mild and nothing like what they would be if you've never been vaccinated at all." That's true. Is that good? Not to me. Certainly can't be good for children too young to be vaccinated, or those that can't be.

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Registered: 12-27-2005
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 11:24am

ha, I posted the same thing this morning.

 

Tracy - wife to Ron since 9/9/03, mom to college sophomore, Jason (18), high school Junior Chase
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Registered: 06-16-2009
Sat, 09-12-2009 - 2:43pm
I believe the provax spin for this is: "If you do get a disease for which you've been vaccinated, the symptoms are mild and nothing like what they would be if you've never been vaccinated at all." That's true.

Have any of your children (vaccinated or unvaccinated)

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