Vaccinations

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melissa g. - June 22

sigh. i dont mean to spark any wars here since i know this can be a "hot" issue. But I am really fretting. My dd is now 4 months old, had her hep B shot at birth, had her 2 and 4 month shots and NOW I am starting to worry and feel like I should have researched this much much more thoroughly. I have read a lot in the past few days and there are of course people who are anti and people who are pro, with compelling reasons on both sides. And the "we are so lucky" thread made me think on this too b/c of the baterial meningitis. I always thought I was pro-vaccines, but I have scared myself silly reading scary stories online and it just seems like such a lot to pump into a baby all at once! I wish I had spread them out. I worry about long term effects. I worry about side effects. Basically, I worry. But I would worry if she didnt have them either and came down with some horrible disease. I worry about the MMR (although I read that the version with the ingredient that maybe was implicated in causing autism is no longer in this vaccines in the U.S.), Is anyone else freaking out over this issue? Have I already compromised my child's health by loading her up with her shots at 2 and 4 months?? Should I wait on the others? I am mess over this!

 

jas - June 22

What I do is not read.... Really, all they do is cause more worry then needed. Millions of babies are vaccinated all the time with no problems. Of the few who do are explioted through the media to give new parents something else to have a heart attack over. Yes, there is a risk - there is a risk in everything if you think about it. There's a risk in waking up in the morning but you're gonna do it. If you decide to stop future vaccinations, talk with your doctor - I don't know, but there could be repercussions on starting them then stopping. I had both of my boys vaccinated. I have the view of better safe then sorry - besides, most schools won't take them unless they are fully vaccinated. Shoot - I tried to register my oldest for middle school and he was comming up on a shot he had to 18 years old to get and they wouldn't accept his reg. until he got it. Bottom line - as a mother do what YOU feel is best for your child.

 

melissa g. - June 22

jas, i think what you said made a lot of sense, thank you! i am just a huge worry wart. since i have started down this road, I believe I will continue. While I appreciate the notion that it might be harmful to inject these vaccines into small children, I think people also have short memories and do not fully appreciate how high the infant mortality rate used to be when infectious disease ran rampant. My mom said the same thing as you, yes there is a risk, but could I forgive myself if she came down with one of these diseases? answer:no. I read somewhere that to have a child is to forever have your heart walking around outside of your body -- isnt that the truth! I just want my baby to be protected and healthy!

 

Jamie - June 22

You need to do what you feel is best for you, and for your family. No public school can deny your child based on vaccinations, period, the end. Check with your state about getting an exemption for religious or philosophical reasons. If you want to delay vaccines, it's never too late to start a delayed schedule. If you want to stop vaxing altogether, as I said - check with your state about exemptions. If you want to continue vaxing on schedule, do so. Heck, if you want to vax on schedule and delay the MMR or whatever, you can do that too. I personally am vaxing on schedule, but am planning on refusing the chicken pox vaccine altogether. My reasoning for doing so is - the chicken pox vaccine is not as effective as catching the disease naturally. If you contract chicken pox, the live virus continues to live in your spinal fluid and gives most people continued immunity for their entire lives. The vaccine, however, does not survive in your spinal fluid, and people who were vaccinated, rather than contracting the disease itself, are at higher risk for catching chicken pox later in life, and also higher risk for having shingles. However, this all may be a moot issue, because my daughter was exposed to chicken pox yesterday. So, we'll see what happens.

 

jas - June 22

Actually, Jamie - DODDS schools can and do deny you - that's who refused to register my son until he got the booster... I argued that he has until he is 18 to get it and took it to legal - Dodds will NOT let a child attend unless they are fully vaccinated. Home school would be your alternative.

 

jas - June 22

Or he learns to speak fluent Japanese over the summer and attend one of their schools... No telling what they require though.... Needless to say, he got the shot and they are happy...

 

Rabbits07 - June 22

It is a very hard decision to make and with all the differing opinions out there on the subject I doubt there are very many moms who haven't had at least some worry about it. There are risks...you just have to weigh them. My first daughter had a reaction to the DTP (this was back in the early '90's and that vac is no longer used in the US, it was replaced w/ the DTaP). She is now hearing impaired. I also have 4 family relatives w/ autism (it was 3, but we found out the other day there is a 4th now). It is a very scary thing to me. I chose to wait until after my last son was 2 before starting his vaccinations. My doctor was not crazy about it, but respected my decision. My now 12 week old ds has had his 2 month vaccinations as I was worried about things such as measles and the meningitis. I have a very strong faith and know that all is in God's hands and I always pray when any of my children get vaccinated. You are right, it can be a 'hot' issue, but you just have to do what you feel is best for your child...whether it be to vaccinate or not.

 

Rabbits07 - June 22

btw, you can choose selective vaccinating. As far as the autism, it ALWAYS shows up by the age 2 (that's why I waited until after 2 with last ds). You can choose to delay all or some vaccs until after age 2 to relieve concern about the autism. Of course, the risk of contracting the disease will be there, as well as adverse reactions not relate to autism once vaccinations are resumed. I'm sorry, I'm probably not much help...I am neither 100% Pro or Con on vaccinating and just want to present all options available. I hope I've not confused you even worse!

 

Jamie - June 22

Jas, you're right - military families get screwed out of that right, too. However, PUBLIC schools cannot deny enrollment based on vaccinations. DODDS does not qualify as a public school, because you have to be a dependant of an active duty member of the military to attend.

 

Jamie - June 22

Sorry, I realize my last post could seem agressive or argumentative, and it's not meant to be.

 

jas - June 22

:) Not taken that way... Just because I am overseas and have ONLY dodds schools as an option - shots for me are mandatory. Must be nice to have a choise in the matter - not that I would choose differently. I would still have them vaccinated as I stated before - my view is better safe then sorry. But not everyone agrees, which is fine for their children. If we all thought the same, the world would be pretty boring...

 

Jamie - June 22

I'm overseas also, fortunately my daughter will be starting school just 4 months before my DH's ETS date, so we will be Stateside again. I really don't think it's fair that we have to give up so many of our rights just because our spouses serve.

 

jas - June 22

That's cool! We are going to England after here so we will be in dodds for a while longer. I think we will be back stateside before my three month old starts school, but my other will be in high school. Geez... Yes, I agree Jamie - after 16 years of bouncing around the world you would think they would let us be able to choose SOMETHING to have control over. Oh well... That's for another thread :)

 

Narcissus - June 22

I am steering clear from this debate:)

 

bean - June 22

May I recommend a book? Skim through the Vaccine Guide. It's an excellent resource describing the pros and cons of all vaccines, why they are on a certain schedule, how different countries perceive vaccines, etc. I think it's a worthwhile read for everyone - pro and against vaccines. As for us, I know we'll be delaying vaccinations. Our personal exposure level to the varoius viruses is limited and I don't want to play with my dd's health to simply pacify the CDC and make money for pharmas.

 

J.J. - June 22

what is DODDS? These acronyms are killing me.

 

Mommy - June 22

Jamie, I went to public school all my life and unless you have a religious reason or medical reason not to be vaccinated, you have to be up to date to register. Because of the Mumps outbreak a few months ago, there are already signs up in our town saying that any child who is not up to date will not be admitted. And if you aren't vaccinated, you have to bring written proof from your church adminstrator or your doctor saying that you are exempt from having the vaccines. I'm not saying it's like this at every public school, but the town I'm from you must be vaccinated or have the valid proof of why your not. My boys get shots, I figured it was pretty commonplace to. I'm not knocking people who don't want to give their shots, it's your decision, after all. :o) I don't know any anti-vaxers personally. I'm too scared to read the horror stories about vaxes as well. I figure everyone I know are vaxed, their kids are vaxed and we're all fine. To me the risk of autism is just as scary as the risk of getting the disease without being immune to it yet. Pros and cons to both sides. :o)

 

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