Post # 1
Please help. I really need reassurance over wanting to vaccinate my now 10 week old son.
I have read and read and read and tried to see both sides of the argument fairly, and am overwhelmed with information that is only making me more and more nervous.
First of all, it is known that vaccines can and sometimes do cause a reaction. That’s undebateable. It is also known that vaccines contain levels of aluminum, that may be harmful when injected. It’s the injection route that makes it concerning as it goes directly into the bloodstream and to the brain vs through digestion. For a young baby, is that safe?
My baby was 3 weeks premature, so at this point we delayed the first shots by a month to give him time to make up for that growth and become heartier. So he’s due for his first 2 month shot in a month at 3 months. And I think we will do this all the way along……BUT – I’m scared out of my mind to even vaccinate him so yound in the first place. I could never forgive myself if something happened as a result.
All the info that has been disproven doesn’t really seem valid to me as it’s all paid for by the very same pharm companies that make the vaccines. I haven’t found one study that adequately proves that vaccines are safe from a non partial source. It all seems so contrived to me. I’d like to trust the schedule but it is just sooooooo intense. Theres so much concern for me there with how any shots there are now as opposed to when I was a kid.
Please Please Please I’d love to hear especially from pharmacists, immunologists, vaccine researchers, anyone with an inside expertise that can reassure a new mom that is very very scared to vaccinate her new baby. (First baby btw, at home for a year with me – I live in Canada. So no daycare/school exposure yet from an older sibling, however exposure to our extremely multi cultural and immigrated society.)
Post # 3
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@Sunshine09: When in doubt ask your pediatrician how they vaccinate their child or what they would recommend for their grandchild. If you have to then do an extended vaccination schedule. The value of vaccinating your child against childhood illnesses way outweighs the danger of illnesses like polio and measles. Ask your grandparents about polio if you want reassurance. Your child may not have direct contact with sick persons but any friend or family member dropping by for a visit can infect your child.
Post # 4
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Post # 5
Vaccinate your child. If you don’t, you’re not only putting YOUR baby at risk, but all the others that haven’t been vaccinated yet at risk too.
Vaccines work best when we all get them. That way no one is exposed to whooping cough or small pox.
Your kid will not get autism. Who put that idea into all of our heads? Jenny McCarthy. She’s a former f-in Playmate, for goodness sakes.
Vaccinate. There is no good reason not to.
Post # 6
@dv3849: Thank you but that’s not really helpful as I’m sure I could Google images of vaccine reactions as well.
Post # 7
There can be sideffects from vaccination. The specific concerns about your child, you should discuss with a doctor. Stop looking for info online, this will only make you more confused. Regarding general vaccination, it is very important to be immunized. You just need to see the death rates before and after vaccination. It is more the proven good that vaccines had brought that the unproven wrong.
But of course, there is a risk, not everyone can get vaccinated. That’s actually one of the reasons why we who can should get immunized, to prevent the microorganism from spreading and protect those who can’t. Talk to an immunologist, I am sure you’ll have your concerns figured out.
I know it is a prettyy controversial topic, but it also kills me how there are hundreds of kids in Africa that die from simple diseases because they can’t have the common shots we do, and even when they can get them, many don’t trust us enough to actually have them.
Post # 8
@Sunshine09: some people are alergic to strawberries and we don’t stop eating them all together.
Post # 9
I’d discuss your concerns with your doctor and follow their advice. Personally, the risk of reactions are far smaller then the benefits. If you don’t vaccinate and your child gets a horrible disease as a result, you will feel just as (if not more) awful as if you do vaccinate and they have a reaction. However, the likelihood of having a reaction from the vaccine is much smaller then the likelihood of getting a horrible and potentially fatal disease.
Post # 10
@dv3849: Wow… real classy. She was looking for educated responses, not fear mongering.
You can find just as scary photos of reactions to vaccines.
OP, I went through similar feelings when it was time to get my DD vaccinated. She was an itty bitty 5lb baby and I just had all these awful feelings that her little body couldn’t take all the stuff that was in the vaccines.
In the end, I found that there was a LOT of garbage online, and it was really hard to sift through what was accurate information, and was was being masked by an anti-vaccine group. I simply took into consideration the risks, and I decided that getting my DD vaccinated was the right choice for us.
I still worried EVERY time she needed to get a vaccine. DH had a severe reaction to his MMR vaccine when he got it as a baby & my brother had a reaction to his Hep B shots when he was 10, so I always worried that maybe there was a genetic link and that my DD would also have a vaccine reaction.
I requested that her vaccines be given at separate occasions. My doctor was VERY supportive of us giving one vaccine one day, and anothr a few weeks later. That really helped me feel better about the whole situation.
This is just my experience. I’m sorry I cannot offer educational materials or knowledge.
I hope that you can come to a decision and feel as comfortable as possible with it.
Post # 11
@Sunshine09: sorry, im a visual person so i thought pictures would make a bigger impact. Im a medical student on clinical rotations, and out of the 100+ babies I have personally vaccinated, the worst reaction I have seen is a little erythema (redness) at the injection site. They are alot safer and less detrimental then the diseases they prevent should your child happen to catch one (Which is quite likely these days considering there are still considerable numbers of parents choosing not to vaccinate for some reason…)
I have also seen an adult who had polio as a child, and i would take a little erythema over her lifelong disability any day.
as for your concerns of the vaccines entering the brain, the brain is protected from the blood by a blood brain barrier. It is incredibly resistant to things that shoudldnt be in the brain, and does a great job protecting it.
please, do yourself and your baby a favour, and vaccinate. In this day and age, it should be illegal and considered child abuse if a parent decides against vaccinating for non-medical reasons.
Post # 12
@Sunshine09: From what I remember reading, the original article by Andrew Wakefield that indicated that the MMR vaccine could cause gastrointestinal issues, which kids with autism actually have. The link in the paper was tenuous at best and it’s been ridiculously twisted by those people that want to explain how autism “happens,” which we’re not yet able to do. But what we can pretty safely say is that vaccines do not, I repeat, DO NOT cause autism. They may emphasize the underlying psychological features of autism if your kid already has it, but they don’t cause it.
The best advice I’ve ever heard about vaccines; talk to your doctor and go over your family history, which is the single best way of deciding if vaccines should be delayed–and note that word, delayed, because they should never be abstained from.
Post # 13
@Sunshine09: First of all, breathe. I know it’s tough, being a first time Mom can be super ovewhelming with all the choices you suddenly have to make. I too was not on board with giving my son all vaccines right off the bat. I had no real reason, my gut was just telling me ” This is too much all at once, what can I do?” NOT vaccinating to me is not an option. Even if you keep your baby home for the first year ( which is impossible) you and your husband still have to leave the house and can bring germs and what not home. My suggestion would be to delay them. I never got more than one vax at a time for my son and delated MMR until he entered pre-k at 3. Was it a hassle? Sure- I was in the Dr office more often because I a) only would do one vax at a time b) did not allow a mixed vax when the option was there to split them. But to me it was worth it. Delaying is common and I never had any issue with any Dr not supporting my choice. As long as you get the vaccines that’s all that matters.
Post # 14
@Sunshine09: I’m not an expert, but even I know that your baby could die without his vaccinations. I think that should be motivation enough to follow the vaccination schedule. The anti-vaccine ‘studies’ are performed by people stupid enough to still believe that vaccinatng causes autism even though it’s been proven that it doesn’t. I know you’re scared something will hapen to your baby, but diseases that could kill your child or at least disfigure him for life are a lot worse than a possible allergic reaction. If you’re worried then talk to your doctor.
Post # 15
@MrsRevolutionize: There are times they should be abstained from.
@Sunshine09: I had a bad reaction. I did have warning though, I had short-term abnormal side effects from many of them. It also seems to be that there’s some hereditary component, as there’s a few of us in my family who react strongly to them.
The probability of having a reaction is very small. If you and your husband didn’t have any abnormal reactions to vaccinations, the risk might even be smaller.
Post # 16
@dv3849: thank you, that was a much a much more helpful response and seemingly from an informed perspective.