Vaccinate, alt. schedule or not at all?

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Registered: 09-18-2007
Vaccinate, alt. schedule or not at all?
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Wed, 04-16-2008 - 6:56pm

My DD goes in for her two month visit on Monday, April 21 and I have been dreading it because of vaccinations. I do not trust the pharmaceutical companies at all and think they are all out to make money regardless of human best interest. My DS is 13 and I have noticed that there are far more vaccines today than he had.

I feel scared to vaccinate and scared not to vaccinate, which makes me torn. My DH is dead set against vaccinations and does not trust our government at all. I definitely do not want to give her 6 at a time. I stopped vaccinating my pets years ago and so did my parents. We have noticed a huge increase in their life span. Before the cats or dog would get cancer between 8-10 years and now they are going strong at 15. I have never had a problem with the animals getting sick from not vaccinating. Although I do give them the rabies shot every three years since I live in the mountains and it is mandatory for licensing.

Back to my DD. I feel torn. I am worried about ill effects of vaccinating, wondering if it is truly necessary (DS still got chicken pox with the vaccination), and then worrying about her getting ill if I do not vaccinate. Any advice or opinions on either side of this debate? I'd love to hear input from others while making this decision. Also, does anyone know of any good books I could pick up and read before my appointment or any good websites to check out? I'd love to hear intelligent information from a credible source that does not have ties to the medical industry and can remain neutral on the subject.

Also, which vaccines are more necessary and which ones can you do without? Thanks.

Cindy

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

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Wed, 04-16-2008 - 8:47pm

See the post below about Miller's book. Join us! We can't tell you which ones to get and how to schedule them - well, we can, but you should discuss it with a good vaccine neutral pediatrician. They do exist and many have faced the same dilemma. I'm reading some of the book now and I'll comment later tonight or tomorrow night...I'm kinda sick of my computer for a while and need to watch the TV instead.

Off the top of my head I would suggest you refuse the Hep B if your baby didn't get it in the hospital (In the US they give it when the baby is only hours old). I would also not vaccinate a healthy baby against Hep A or Chicken Pox, or flu, or pheumonia or... Spend a lot of time reading old posts on this board and read the links. Have DH help you if possible - it's a lot of reading.

My son (8) got some vaccines but my daughter (3) has had none. I have recently decided that I won't give my children any more vaccines.

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Registered: 09-18-2007
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 9:23pm
Thanks or the tips, I will look into those suggestions. I never do flu shots anyway, so that is an easy one. DH is pretty strong against them and I just want to make an informed decision. It is nice to talk to other parents who do not buy into the vaccinations. I do not think I will get any at her appointment on Monday. I do not want to feel rushed and I need some time to research.

Cindy

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

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 04-17-2008 - 8:00am

That's the BEST thing you can do.

Rands

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Registered: 11-05-2003
Thu, 04-17-2008 - 10:27am

"I do not want to feel rushed and I need some time to research."

Then delay/postpone and research. That's the best thing you can do. You need to be 100% comfortable with whatever decision to choose, to vaccinate on schedule, to delay vaccinations, to selectively vaccinate, to not vaccinate at all.

Whatever your decision may be, only you can make it and take the time to research it yourself and be comfortable with what you decide.

I'd suggest getting Miller's book and joining us in the reading of it. Or Dr Sears books if you are more inclined to selectively/delay vaccinate.

My story:

My DD has reactions her vaccines, seizures to be exact. We know which vaccine was the culprit (Hep B). So we stopped and researched, my husband was against vaccination from day one for the same reasons as yours. I thought we might end up being selective, after about 15 months+ of research we decided no one in our household is going to get another vaccine ever.

You might also wish to visit the Non-vaccine support board.

Good luck and please feel free to post any of your questions here and join in the book club!

Tash

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Registered: 11-08-2004
Thu, 04-17-2008 - 11:58am

Hi,


My son just turned 3. I vaccinated him from the very beginning on the recommended schedule. I wish I had been more educated at the time. I'm expecting my second baby in a couple of months and am leaning toward a partial/delayed schedule.
I think that each parent and child situation is different. When I was prego with DS1, I started reading the Neastedder book on vaccination and couldn't stand it. He was way too extreme for me. I wanted a more factual book, where I could make my own decisions. I found the Dr. Sears Vaccination book- I LOVE IT! It tells you what is in each vaccine, what the "recommended" schedules are by most docs, and

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 04-18-2008 - 9:09pm

I am in the same position. My kids are 11 and 12, and I vaccinated them both on the recommended schedule.