Do we really need vaccines?

YES! Check out this infographic to illustrate the impact vaccines have had on our health.

Mama Doc Medicine - Vaccines Infographic from NextWorks

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4Rina
03/12/14
4Rina
Absolutely agree about education being key!! Unfortunately, making a decision focused solely on what you think may be best for your child in the short term without considering long-term consequences is, in my opinion, short-sighted and possibly dangerous. See my response to Katie be re: the polio example. I brought up this example as I was reading a story a few months ago about polio showing up overseas in a country where there was high vaccination and it was considered to be eradicated. But then vaccination rates decreased, and it started to be found again, which caused panic among those who "conscientiously objected" to vaccinating their kids.

Also regarding risks, they are absolutely there. As is the risk in learning to ride a bike and eating meat (salmonella poisoning!) and most things we do in life. To me, the cost-benefit on vaccines is clear , though there is support for things like delaying vaccination schedules and minimizing on vaccinating for some less dangerous illnesses.
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    03/12/14
    4Katie
    We do delayed and selective vaccines. We skip the rotovirus vaccine. We don't do the chicken pox vaccine until age 12. We only do one vaccine a month. I feel that they are important but I do not agree with giving so many at once. I have based my decision on scientific research and my doctor has been supportive of my choices.My children will receive most vaccines.
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    03/12/14
    4Rina
    Sounds like an informed choice that you've discussed with your pediatrician, Katie! Very different, in my mind, to a parent who says their kids don't need the polio vaccine anymore because we don't have polio. Umm, right, we don't BECAUSE most people get the vaccine. If everybody thought that way, we'd have polio outbreaks again. And, in fact, this has started to occur in Asia and the Middle East.
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    03/12/14
    4Katie
    My biggest concern is the heavy metals in the vaccines. The heavy metals are in levels that are unsafe to be in food according to the FDA and that is my biggest concern. So by limited one vaccine a month I am limiting the heavy metal levels in my child's body and I am giving their body time to filter out the heavy metals. I have no problem with the idea behind vaccines or the disease it is trying to prevent.
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    03/12/14
    4Katie
    The vaccines say right on them the amount of different heavy metals such as aluminum. The FDA and CDC have their standard online what is a safe amount to be in food or medication. They also have the risks and side effects of too much heavy metals along with the rates it take to clear them from the body. So I am not comfortable with the fact that the levels are higher than what is considered safe for other medications and foods. The risks are minimal but I feel it is important to reduce the risks so giving one vaccine at a time makes me feel safer.
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    I'm a working mom of 4. My husband, kids and I live in Toronto, Canada. I love to read pretty much anything I can get my hands on, am addicted to chocolate and kissing my kids' necks (they all still let me do it!) and am a bit of a political junkie.