Well we just got over the chicken pox in our home..
We are choosing not to vaccinate & so many people give us a hard time for this but as a mother you have to make the best decisions for your family.
Having a hard time with the thought of so many cases of whooping cough in ID so far this year. Looking into the Pertussis vaccine for this particular reason, more research to do on this but dang I think Im still leaning more towards no vaccinations...
Do you vaccinate your children or will you when you have children?
What are your thoughts on vaccinations?
We have just seen some familys close to us that have had a lot of issues with vaccinating their children. Dangit and you just never know.
Our first two are vaccinated up until almost school age. We stopped vaccinating after I started researching vaccinations when our oldest had a bad reaction to the MMR at 15 months - doctors claimed it was something going around without seeing her but I believe it was a reaction to the vaccination. Our other children have not been vaccinated.
In regards to Pertussis, I read somewhere they are finding it is more prevalent in those who are vaccinated or as much in those who are vaccinated as those who are not.
We do not do flu shots and have not had the flu in nearly two years. We rarely get sick any more, that's saying a lot considering most of our children are still young.
My dad had polio as a child (under a year old) and was told he'd never walk (he did thanks to my grandmother's diligence), so it's not like I am opposed to vaccinations but we believe not vaccinating is the right decision for us.
I recommend the Vaccine Mom blog (http://www.thevaccinemom.com/) for easy to understand info about why vaccines are so important.
I don't like people who try to scare parents into vaccinating before they do the research. We had some doctors who did this, and one doctor (who be thank for encouraging us to do the research and make an informed choice) who was very honest about the potential benefits of vaccines, but also the potential risks (as no medical procedure is without them), and the fact that it is very difficult to determine what a vaccine injury is, and therefore, difficult to treat them, or know whether to stop.
There is nothing wrong with people who do vaccinate, I am not opposed to a parent's right to an informed decision - but I highly recommend doing the research, a lot of it, and talking to people from BOTH sides, before making a choice. No matter what you choose, there will be people who think you are doing the wrong thing. You need to be comfortable with your choice and confident in the research you have done.