Question to those who vaccinate

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Question to those who vaccinate
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Sat, 06-14-2008 - 8:18pm

I have a question for those of you who vaccinate. I'm not sure how many of you there are on this board! Did you always want to vaccinate? Did you ever wonder if perhaps you shouldn't? Did you ever hold off or decide not to vaccinate, but then come across information that made you go ahead and vaccinate?

ok, I guess that was several questions for you! I appreciate the information. I don't vaccinate my boys but I like to keep checking out the issue in case I come across something that makes me want to change my mind.

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Registered: 11-03-2006
Sat, 06-14-2008 - 8:50pm

I don't vaccinate now but I did vaccinate my first child. I am guessing that most everyone does it for lots of the same reasons. Because they don't know any better, because it's the norm, because we are trained to follow the leader, because people are not educated in these scientific areas, because the ones who are don't openly talk about potential dangers because it goes against the standards that folks believe so it makes the educated one look like the lunatic in a crowd of the scientifically uneducated.

'Sorry that I just popped out of nowhere. I used to visit this board frequently and am in the process of trying to catch up.

I don't know a lot of people who have the time to research vaccine issues so I would guess that lack of understanding is why so many vaccinate. They don't want to take on the daunting task of trying to understand the technical writing. Some try, get frustrated and then quit. Most of us just follow the crowd and assume that someone out of that crowd knows best.

Then, of course, you have your people who vaccinate because they truly believe that their children will contract diseases (that most will never even come into contact with throughout their lifetimes) and die. (I was one of those at one time - I actually thought these were deadly diseases!!!) Some people would vaccinate against the common cold if told the virus would be "less severe". Some people just trust the government wholly and the money issues, conflicts of interest, etc. are just too complicated for them to think about.

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Registered: 06-16-2008
Tue, 06-17-2008 - 6:33pm

Hi, I'm new here and I have a one year old daughter and a husband that is a scientist.





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Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 06-19-2008 - 8:46am

Hi Zip! Thanks for sharing your story.


The Board seems to have been whittled down to nice people (minus a few one-timers that will occasionally pop up with their uneducated opinions..)


We don't vaccinate our children for many reasons, but as you, I don't look down on anyone that has a different POV. Their children - their choice (and of course vice-verse).

Rands

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Registered: 09-23-2005
Sat, 06-21-2008 - 5:11pm

We have three kids. Our oldest two have had Polio, DTaP, and MMR vaccinations. Our youngest has had just the Polio and DTaP vaccinations.

Did you always want to vaccinate?
We have always been interested in keeping our kids as healthy as possible. That's why I labored and birthed completely naturally (at home, unassisted for our third). That's why I prepare a whole foods, vegetarian diet for our family. That's why we exercise. That's why we looked into vaccinations and which ones might be worth getting for our children.

Did you ever wonder if perhaps you shouldn't?
I have an inherent distrust of doctors. Actually, it's not just doctors; I really don't trust many professionals without researching their backgrounds, educations, and intentions. We were not at all interested in vaccinating just because our doctor was told to tell us it was what we were supposed to do. Because our goal was to keep our kids as healthy as possible, we researched the vaccination issue from the standpoint that we are a generally healthy family that homeschools and practices good hygiene. Newer vaccinations make me nervous, especially when my doctor cannot answer questions about how long they will be effective, what the side effects of contracting the disease despite being vaccinated would be, and what the plan is for the time when the vaccine's effectiveness wears off. That's what made us question the Varicella vaccine, and that led to our questioning many of the other vaccines as well.

Did you ever hold off or decide not to vaccinate, but then come across information that made you go ahead and vaccinate?
No. However, we have held off on certain vaccinations because we hadn't researched them and then become more confident that we made the right choice in NOT going ahead with the vaccination.

Kara

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Than

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Registered: 09-18-2007
Sun, 06-22-2008 - 10:59pm

Hi! I was wondering why you hose the vaccines that you did? I am very concerned about pertussis, but am still uncomfortable with the DTaP, but looking to find more info on it. At what ages did you do the vax? I am concerned about the correlation between DTaP and SIDS and thinking of waiting until the age of one or two before I consider any; however, I am concerned because pertussis is most deadly before 6 months of age. My DD is 4 months old right now.

My DS is 13, so he does not get sick too often and it is summer which helps. He has all his vax (from the schedule when he was young which has changed quite a bit), so it is very unlikely he would bring pertussis into the home.

Cindy

DD 02/21/2008
DS 04/09/1995

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Registered: 09-23-2005
Mon, 06-23-2008 - 8:15am

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We chose the Polio because even though that disease is certainly not rampant in any area in which we've lived, *if* something were to change and the kids would be exposed to it, we did not find evidence that reactionary care would have been as good as having been vaccinated. The benefits outweighed the risks of the vaccine for us.

I don't honestly remember why we chose DTaP. We have co-slept with all our kids so SIDS wasn't a huge concern, although it was always kind of in the back of my mind. I honestly don't know if I would choose that vaccine for a future child.

We chose MMR for our older two because we were under the impression that measles, mumps, and rubella were much more serious conditions for children in our children's places than they actually are. When our third turned one, it just didn't feel like the right decision for her so I spent more time researching the diseases and realized that with her current health and the level of medical care to which we have access, she wouldn't be at risk from measles, mumps, or rubella.

We did almost all of our research on the CDC website, looking up their risk categories and the studies that back up their claims and then making decisions based on how our kids fit into their profiles (and how scientifically sound the research was). As of this point, I'm done with vaccinating the kids. We'll probably do the Polio booster, but that's it.

Good luck making your decision!

Kara

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Than

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Registered: 09-18-2007
Mon, 06-23-2008 - 4:56pm
Thanks. I'm going to have to check out the cdc site.

Cindy

DD 02/21/2008
DS 04/09/1995

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Registered: 09-23-2005
Tue, 06-24-2008 - 3:44am

You're welcome. Do know that the CDC site is obviously pro-vaccinating. I actually went there on purpose because I felt like if I could find a reason to NOT vaccinate my child on a pro-vaccinating site, I would feel it was a sound decision. There are a lot of resources out there, though.

Kara

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Than

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 06-24-2008 - 10:20am

Hi Cindy,

A really good read is the CDC Pink Book which was revised in March of 2008.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/default.htm

HTH,






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Sun, 06-29-2008 - 9:04pm
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