Community Leader
Registered: 06-01-2004
Sat, 06-25-2011 - 1:04pm

Hey all! Just wondering where you all stand on the immunization front? Elodie is 10 weeks old now (!) and normally I start getting shots done for my littles (albeit a littler later then the "schedule" for immunizations)....One of the moms at my Kindergarten is all against them until her kids are over 2 years old.......I think they are very important to get for your kids - but she told me all sorts of scary stories/"facts" from some book she is reading so now I am wondering......

There is an outbreak of mumps in the province where we live right now

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-02-2010
Sat, 06-25-2011 - 2:41pm
We are on a modified schedule as well, started later, do one at a time, never when kiddo is even slightly sick. We do them all as I think they are important for our family and for the community at large and for the most part safe.

Nothing will be safe for EVERYONE, that's just statistically not possible. The modified schedule is the way that is comfortable for us.

How scary to have those outbreaks, especially when preventable with immunizations.
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Registered: 09-14-2010
Sun, 06-26-2011 - 2:05pm

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Registered: 03-03-2011
Sun, 06-26-2011 - 2:13pm

My adopted brother has dormant Hep B. So I had to vaccinate my little guy for hep through his first year. I waited till he was about 9 months to start them. He's fine. No big deal.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-17-2010
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 10:08am
I vaccinate on schedule, my DS received his two month shots two weeks ago. The way I look at it, 50 years ago parents were begging for some way to prevent common childhood illnesses that were causing permanent disability or worse. Through the use of vaccines, these illnesses are far less common today but as a result we have lost our collective memory of how scary the complications from those illnesses can be.

When I hear a scary "fact" I do my own research and come to my own conclusion, most often by reading abstracts on For example, during the H1N1 scare my SIL said that the adjuvant in that vaccine was linked to 'Gulf War Syndrome". Did my own research and found that one study found that vets of that war did in fact have antibodies in their system that seemed related to an adjuvant, however a follow-up study that included a control group found that some people that had never been to the Gulf and had never received a vaccine with an adjuvant had the same antibodies! That's just one example of how one study is taken out of context.

I agree that the outbreaks we are seeing today are because people are not immunized. We plan to travel overseas quite often as our children get older so I definitely want them protected against diseases that may be uncommon in North America.

Mom to DD born April 2009 and DS born April 2011
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Registered: 07-08-2004
Tue, 06-28-2011 - 12:04am

With #1 we did very few shots, with #2 we're not planning to get any.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-11-2009
Thu, 06-30-2011 - 3:33pm
I never questioned vaccines with Freya. At 12 weeks after her second DTaP injection she started with high temperature of 104F and unusual high pitched scream. This lasted three days and was extremely scary time for us. It turned out she had vaccine caused encephalitis. This incident made me question safety of vaccines and read A LOT about them. As a result we decided to stop all vaccinations for her and don't vaccinate Sylas at all. There's plenty of info around for people who want to find it, I can highly recommend reading 'Rising a vaccine free child' as a good place to start. I was born in Poland and as a child had measles, mumps and rubella myself. They don't scare me. I know what to do if my child falls ill. Our diet is near perfect, we supplement with vitamin D & C to boost immunity. I use homeopathy with great success. I'm very confident that my decision is right for my family, it was heartbreaking seeing Freya like that :(( She could have had serious brain damage, any further shots would be to high risk. Jasmine - if you're in doubt - take your time. You can wait a few weeks/ months and delay vaccinations till you're 100% happy with your decision. If you vaccinate and (god forbid) your child suffers vaccine injury, you cannot undo it. Good luck with making your decision! Ps. We didn't do vitamin K either!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2004
Thu, 06-30-2011 - 4:23pm
I think this is a very difficult decision for many people and there is no clear right way. I agree with a lot of the points Julia and Olga made.

My first child had shots until 4 months of age, he is 9 now, the other two kiddos haven't had any. I had a bad reaction to the MMR myself so was pretty aware early on. There are plenty of research based books out there where you can find out your chances of encountering one of these illnesses and the risks. The risk of getting a disease in addition to the risk of experiencing a serious complication is just too small for me to worry about. Secondly, I am concerned about additives in vaccines, such as MSG which I am allergic to and my children may be as well. Third, since the immune system is still developing during childhood I would rather not mess with something that has evolved to work well.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2006
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 1:52pm

We immunized but I modified the schedule with my physician's blessing. I work in health care and can potentially bring home bugs no one wants near their children. I felt the safest thing I could do for my son was give him some measure of protection. And honestly, we had about everything else that he wasn't vaccinated for (RSV, etc.) and any more diseases could have seriously injured/killed him. I did extended breastfeeding, good nutrition with homemade baby foods, natural cleaners, etc. He just was susceptible. We are very social and I think he picked up a lot that way--there is a reason herd immunity works from a public health standpoint. Also, the chicken pox may not be a big deal illness as a child, but shingles outbreaks as an adult are awful. Once you have the virus, you always carry it in your central nervous system.


Community Leader
Registered: 06-01-2004
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 2:28pm
Yeah - My sister had shingles in her late teens due to her eating disorder I think - it was terrible - she was so sick. I think mumps in adult men can cause infertility too. All in all I do believe in immunizing - and I think in Canada the preservatives are different then the ones used in the US ( I did check last time we gave my son shots) .
Interesting viewpoints from everyone here - thank you for you thoughts and input!