Question -what should we do - MMR?

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Question -what should we do - MMR?
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 11:29am

Our pediatrican has told me that we can wait as long as I like to give our DD


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Registered: 07-17-2005
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 11:59am

My brother was not damaged by the MMR so I don't believe it is that particular shot. I believe that a child's nervous system becomes damaged with each and every vaccine. Some children are stronger than others at the time of vaccination so they handle the assault better than others.

Don't read about the vaccines, read about the diseases. The most important thing to keep in mind is that vaccines often fail. Pediatric doctors seem to have some sort of brain fart when it comes to that very fact. :(

I broke up the DPaT and only gave my son the D and the T separately. Knowing what I know today, I wouldn't have bothered. The best way to keep your newborn away from Pertussis is to keep him or her home during infancy and not let sick people come into your home. After infancy, a healthy baby should be able to recover IF they get it...and that's always a possibility that the disease could be lurking --- but it's also a big *if*.

I think that infants being vaccinated against Tetanus makes about as much sense as infants being vaccinated with the Hep B vaccine - it's a pathetic and ridiculous practice.

I read that the makers of the MMR are not making the three separate any longer. They figure if they don't manufacture the three separate, then parents won't have any reason to ask for them separate...are they afraid of less damage? I don't know - all I can tell you is that sadly, pediatric doctors everywhere are rejoicing over it.

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Registered: 12-10-2008
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 2:42pm

The vaccine manufacturer has stopped making the three separate vaccines! Also, just a bit of information, the Rubella part of the shot is made with aborted fetal cells (yes aborted babies). So if you are pro-life you may have a problem with this.

I won't be giving my ds the MMR for several reasons and that is one of the biggest reasons.

I agree with the pp about researching the diseases themselves BUT I would recommend not over looking the information about the vaccine itself either. Be aware what is in the vaccines you decide to give.

You can find out what vaccines use aborted fetal cells at and then go to Vaccine Sources on the side bar.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Fri, 02-20-2009 - 10:27pm

This is a very hard question to answer, only because I have not and will not give my chidren the MMR, whether collectively or singularly. I don't feel the need for any. Therefore, I cannot give you any advice on what I would do.

I can only state to research the disease, research the vaccine(s) and see where that takes you.


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Registered: 01-02-2009
Sat, 02-21-2009 - 9:59am

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to vaccines.

One useful piece of knowledge: the CDC provides one set of info on the pages meant for parents and a different set of info in the Pink Book meant for medical professionals. The parents info is terrifying and designed to scare people into vaccination. The medical professionals info is designed to push vaccination, but the info isn't nearly as scary. A thoughtful person could read it and decide to delay some vaccines and skip others, based on the consideration of their particular family's risk factors.

Take your time, do your research. Vaccines are not emergency medicine.
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Registered: 12-14-2005
Sat, 02-21-2009 - 5:53pm

I also recommend reading the CDC Pink book chapters on measles, mumps and rubella.

I've had all three naturally, as has most of my extended family so my opinion is clouded by my experience.

Researching for yourself and making the decision that you are most comfortable with is of utmost important.

If you are going to do your own research - perhaps this thread can direct you to some sources:

Good luck and welcome to the board!

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 9:39pm

In all honesty, my experience has lead me to understand that the MMR is a money vaccine, especially in the western world. I caught all three diseases as a child in Ireland in the early '80's. As did all my neighborhood friends, No one died, no one had issues afterward, and now we are immune for life.

I gave the MMR to my firstborn ds and he developed Autism. I refused it for my second ds and his autism was milder Aspergers-(although he had other vaccinations). My dd (2) has only had a single polio vaccine and she is social, communicative and not the least bit autistic. I have decided, it's just not worth the gamble. I do believe there is a genetic predisposition in my family, but let's not add in the environmental trigger, kwim. Btw, my boys are doing great in a gluten free diet, lots of occupational therapy and speech therapy and a great spec ed IEP. I love them all the same as any kid out there. I just wish I could allow them not to be heart broken when they get they don't actually have friends.... that's the worst!


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Registered: 02-24-2009
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 9:44pm
My daughter is 5 and has had all vaccines and is healthy as can be. I believe there is no link between the vaccination and autism and I am pretty sure this was just decided in a court of law too ..but I am not sure of the details. Children should be vaccinated :) there is a reason we all live longer now :)
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Registered: 01-02-2009
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 10:20pm

I'm delighted that your daughter is healthy.

My grandchildren, mostly unvaccinated, are quite healthy, too.

There is a reason we live longer nowadays, actually a lot of reasons.

Improved sanitation. Less crowded living quarters. Enough to eat. More fresh food.

Most of the drop in deaths from infectious diseases occurred between 1870 and 1925 in the U.S. Vaccines came into common use in the late 1940s, but only a very limited number. There has been a huge expansion of the vaccine schedule since 1989. Has infant mortality in the U.S. plummeted in the last 20 years?
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Wed, 02-25-2009 - 11:10am

" there is a reason we all live longer now :) "

Good grief.

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Registered: 08-20-2007
Thu, 02-26-2009 - 3:25am

Also, just a bit of information, the Rubella part of the shot is made with aborted fetal cells (yes aborted babies). So if you are pro-life you may have a problem with this.

OMG, Im sorry i have never heard of this before at all!!!! Do you have a link to this please i would really like to read up on it i am utterly gobsmacked!

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