Would you vaccinate??? Why or why not??

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Would you vaccinate??? Why or why not??
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Mon, 07-06-2009 - 9:53am

First, let me tell you that I am not one of those "nut job" parents who blames my child's autism on vaccines, although I do not at all know whta caused her to have autism, and I think that when the mystery of autism is solved, we will find that there is more than one "autism" and many potential causes. I don't have the time or energy to devote to debate on that subject matter. She developed completely normally until about 18 months. Secondly, let me tell you that I have a 12 year old daughter who is completely up to date on her vaccines, even where my 10 year old daughter with autism is not.

Here is why: At my younger dd's 15 month checkup, she received 4 vaccinations at one time, and reacted to one of them. Who knows which? All I know is that she was inconsolable for about a week after the fact, and that she had quite a high fever, also. It wasn't until later that she was diagnosed with autism, and it was a few years before I began to wonder if the two events were linked. (I can show you video of my daughter which shows that she was not autistic for at least the first 15 months of her life.) Anyhow, I stopped vaccinating her...because her immune system is weak. I had the support of her mainstream pediatrician. Fast forward 8 years. I decided to get dd caught up on her vaccinations...one vaccine at a time. Her dr. suggested we do the DTap first. We did this in August, 2008. And her arm was swollen from the shoulder to her elbow for a solid month. I am done vaccinating her.

I learned after my daughter's first reaction that I had also reacted to the DTP, which was formulated much differently back then. After my first DTP vaccine, all of the rest of them were DT, which I had no problems with.

So, I am pregnant. Is there a genetic predisposition to having reactions to certain vaccines? I am thinking about following a modified vaccine schedule with this little one. I have two kids...one who has reacted twice and one who has never had a reaction. I don't like the idea of just following whatever schedule is out there without at least weighing the risks and benefits. I certainly do not want to cause my little one any long term ill effects...and we all know that that has happened before.

So, what would you do, and why??

Heather

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Registered: 11-17-2007
Fri, 07-31-2009 - 7:53pm
WOW!! If the shots are so effective, why are you so worried about your child contracting anything if she comes into contact with the non-vaxed? What are you going to do about school? There are non-vaxed children that do go to public school. And non-vaxed in private ones too. Are you going to demand a copy of the vax records of every child in the class to make sure they fully vaxed?
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Registered: 10-18-2007
Fri, 07-31-2009 - 9:56pm

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Yeah, I feel kind of like that too. Except it's the vaccinated kids (my own of course, not others, I don't really care what other people do) that I worry about coming back into my home after mingling about society. The two that are fully vaccinated show atypical symptoms, and I can't really tell how sick they are. Cold symptoms mostly, sometimes a little fever, maybe a nagging little hacky cough that simply won't go away. Imagine my surprise when I found out the oldest had pertussis. A lot of good those DTP (sadly, she's old enough for those horrific vaccines) shots did her. I guess I should be glad she never gave it to my then newborn (she was five at the time).

When that newborn turned 3, she had the most violent case of whooping cough our then-pedi had ever seen. After denying that she could possibly have it having been fully vaccinated on schedule, I insisted he test her (simple lab test really, funny how you have to literally pull teeth to have this test performed on vaccinated kids... as if vaccination status means anything with this vaccine).

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Congratulations on the conception, that can take a lot out of a relationship. I didn't think I was taking risks with my kid's health either... I vaccinated on schedule as I was told to do by good doctors. I'm glad they didn't suffer terminal injuries from the vaccines and I'm glad their asymptomatic states of infection didn't harm anyone else... or did they? Gosh I hope not...but hey, they were vaccinated so they're allowed to be in society no matter what cos at least they followed the rules.

Welcome to debate.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Sat, 08-01-2009 - 11:44pm

"I am getting all the vaccines for my daughter. I am spacing them out, though."

I remember saying the same thing when I started vaccinating my son. I also delayed them until after age two.

"I will not allow her to play with non-vaxed kids, and any non-vaxed kids will not be allowed in my home - not until my daughter has reached an age where she has had all her vaccines."

Yeah, but if you live in the real world that's an unrealistic goal.

"I had to try for a long time to have my child, and I don't take her for granted, and I don't take risks with her health."

Don't you mean that you don't *knowingly* "take risks with her health"?

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Fri, 08-14-2009 - 1:37pm

You do realize that your child is statistically more likely to die from many other things than a VPD. Such as head injury, drowning and vehicular accidents.






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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 09-09-2009 - 12:47pm

Hi Heather, I know this is late, but I've been absent for months. My first pedi for my children supported my decision, however, he was a holistic doctor. (whom I absolutely LOVED!!!) However, when our insurance dropped him as a PPO, I had to find a new doctor. I took my children to my OB. Prior to taking my kids to her, she knew my stance. She then asked me about diseases and vaccinations. I explained to her what I knew and read. Much of which she was not aware of. I'm not by any means saying she's stupid, just saying she wasn't aware. After our conversation and seeing how much time I spent on the subject, she didn't press me further and she still sees my kids. We have however a mutual respect for one another regardless of our stance, so that helped.


I've found that holisitic, chiropractors and homeopaths respect the parents decision, and there are a few mainstream out there as well. If you still need some help finding someone, I'd be happy to help you find one.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 09-09-2009 - 12:51pm

I'm sorry, I have to respectfully disagree.

Rands

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 09-09-2009 - 2:20pm
I suppose that's each person's perspective.

Rands

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