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: 04-09-2008
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 1:05pm

GBS (or, Guillian Barre Syndrome) is also well documented with the influenze vaccination (which is, last I looked, a recommended children't vaccination). You were the one that posed the question of what experience I had with GBS given that it was "thrown around".

Rands

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Registered: 12-27-2005
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 1:55pm

I'm pretty sure it's (GBS)

 

Tracy - wife to Ron since 9/9/03, mom to college sophomore, Jason (18), high school Junior Chase
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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 4:14pm

The questions asked assumes that vaccines can prevent disability or death from disease. I think a fair number of people who do not vax don't think that vaccines work.

The vax that caused my DD's adverse reactions which are the reason we no longer vaccinate, she also had primary vaccine failure with. That is, multiple doses of the vaccine well beyond the approved schedule NEVER conferred immunity.

That being said, I'd chalk it up to Mother Nature. There are a lot of "what ifs" in life. I would not blame anyone.






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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 4:16pm

Anti-circ also :)

Pro-BFing :)






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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 4:18pm

GBS - Guillain-Barré Syndrome
GBS - Group B Strep

I think you are both talking about different GBSs






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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 4:32pm

Fevers: http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/articles/162/1/Fevers

He doesn't quote the articles but I have read them in the past via pubmed searches.

We've had plenty of fevers around 104 that we have never treated.

Our rule of thumb is, if DD stops hydrating, we treat so that she continues to get fluids in her.

If she is at 104, drinking and hydrated, we would not treat.

She is rarely sick - usually runs the fever for a couple of days and then is 100% normal - meaning the fever has been allowed to do what it is suppose to - raise the body temp to kill the invader ;)

Our Doctor also supports this treatment of fever - she thinks the medical professional is too quick suggest advil, etc.

"Although it is recognized that treatment of body temperature greater than 41ºC is clinically warranted, treatment of body temperatures less than 41ºC remains controversial." American Association of Critical Care Nursers http://classic.aacn.org/AACN/aacnnews.nsf/GetArticle/ArticleThree198#research 41 is 105.8F.

Is Crunchy about? She has a lot of articles/studies bookmarked on this topic.






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Registered: 06-16-2009
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 11:28pm

I never give an antipyretic for fever. I treat the child, not the fever.

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Registered: 12-27-2005
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 8:51am

my current ped and my former ped both agree with your ped.

 

Tracy - wife to Ron since 9/9/03, mom to college sophomore, Jason (18), high school Junior Chase
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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 11:15am
Agree with you Tash and Jamie. Treat the kid. We don't have a thermoter here, either. If kids are feeling run down and feel warm, personally, I treat with a luke-warm bath (I know this is stated to be unproven, but, at personal experience, it works). We don't do Tylenol, cough syrup (why supress something that needs to come out to clear the lungs?). I know to some, that seems harsh, but I just can't see not letting the body

Rands

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 2:43pm

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

For most of us, when we receive information via the "interwebz", we first ask ourselves where the information came from. The studies were done by which pharmaceutical company? Who designed the study? Who carried out the study? Who published the study? Was there a ghost-writer involved? (Things like that.)

For others it may be "based on" personal experiences, i.e. nephew was perfectly normal, had shots, became not so normal overnight almost...

Or personal experiences like - "I didn't think my child would get whooping cough if he/she was vaccinated!!!" Or maybe more than one or two of those vaccine failure stories in the same family...

For many, it's a combination.

So don't ever assume that someone is basing their vaccine decisions on an article or two they pulled off some anti-vaccine website.

On this board, we generally pull our information straight from respected journals.

Like some others here, I was totally vindicated and also blown away when I read the "Vaccine Safety Manual" by Neil Miller. All I had learned about vaccines was right there in that one book, I couldn't stop reading it!

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