Medicaid and Vaccines
No jumping at me, please. I am not totally anti-vaccine. I am anti-do-it-because-we-say. I am highly interested in delayed vaccinations for my child... but I'm on medicaid, and so far any office that I find that accepts medicaid, has a statement on their website that says in no uncertain terms that all of their patients are required to keep the traditional vaccination schedule, starting at the first visit!
I do have an issue with this. Shouldn't I, as a mother, get to decide when my child starts his immunizations? Shouldn't I be allowed to make an informed decision for what is best for my child? I'm allowed to make such decisions concerning if he is circumcised or not- meaning I can voluntarily choose to let a doctor cut on my son for largely non-medical reasons, but yet I can't choose if I want them sticking a needle with live, or dead, bacteria into my kid? I really have an issue with that.
Even if I do my research, and decide to vaccinate as traditionally stated, at least that would be me making an educated decision, not just doing something because a bunch of people have determined it to be best for everyone- without any knowledge of my son specifically.
Is anyone else here dealing with this? Is there anything I can do?
I'm not worried about autism or 'bad effects' of vaccinations, of which I think is plausible, but impossible to determine. I myself am autistic, and I'm not afraid of having an autistic kid.
My major issue is the fact that I'm expected to just go along with what they say, largely because the State is paying for my doctors visits. I know there are pediatricians out there that are not such sticklers and will give you that option.
Just because I'm low-income doesn't mean I'm low-educated. I love research, and am working on a bachelors degree with 2 majors at the moment (not in medicine, but that is neither here nor there). The point is that despite being low-income, I am perfectly capable of researching and determining what is best for my child, and I should be given that right. Will there be people that don't research and just go with what's easiest? I'm sure. But I feel, however horrible that is, that should be their right as parents. Especially if it means that parents who do want to research and determine what is best for their children, are able to do so.
Frankly, we rarely go to the doctors. We are rarely sick. We have a family doctor we can visit if need be. I just do not see the point of "well" visits passed off as prevention medicine. Prevention medicine to me is eating the right foods, fresh air, sunshine, exercise (I struggle with that one especially in winter) and laughter. I think baby well visits are money makers for doctors and insurance companies. After our fifth child we stopped baby well visits, we figured we knew what was normal and what was not. Not that we are perfect or incapable of missing anything, but our children are healthy and happy. We've been cold and flu free for nearly two years. I just do not see the point of well visits. That's just me though.
True, this is one provider... but all of he sites I've seen where doctors accept medicaid say (in admittedly nicer terms) the same thing.