(Closed) Hypothetical situation – would you vaccinate your kids

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Assuming the above would you vaccinate
    Yes - all the typical childhood vaccinations : (180 votes)
    78 %
    Yes - but I would exclude the specific one that harmed me : (28 votes)
    12 %
    Yes - but only certain ones (listed below) : (9 votes)
    4 %
    No : (4 votes)
    2 %
    No - even without the hypotheical situation I would not vaccinate my kids : (10 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 18
    12245 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would still vaccinate for everything but that one specific vaccine–but only if was an INCREDIBLY rare disease.

    Post # 21
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If there’s no medically explainable cause, I am suspicious for conversion disorder. And if all previous vaccines did no harm, there is no reason to suspect that future ones would? Also, allergies are not genetic (i.e. just because my mom is allergic to penicillin and dogs doesn’t mean I am)


    ETA: there is (or at least there used to be) and oral non-injection polio vaccine. If you were born in the 1980’s like me, that’s probably the one you got. 


    Post # 24
    9017 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @AB Bride:  As someone who has immunity issues, mine and the situation that you have put forward are the reasons why vaccinating the general population is so important. If your child has a suspected allergy which could lead to permanent disability then that is a 100% acceptable reason not to vaccinate for that disease. You would be trusting that everyone else is vaccinated so that the disease is more managable within the community and your child would not contract it or if they did there would be resources on hand to treat it quickly. If a lot of people were not vaccinated then resources would be stretched treating all the people who came down with the disease and some people would not get the treatment they needed.

    Post # 25
    4655 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The situation is oddly specific. Most times, sufficient testing can isolate what caused the problem, or at least get an idea of what CATEGORY of thing caused the problem, and a doctor could give you at LEAST a ballpark of how likely it is that you’d pass on the sensitivity… so making an informed decision is the norm.

    Additionally, many vaccines have alternate methods of application, like oral, nasal, or using another injection site, so if that were possible I would go with that before nixing it entirely. I would also probably want to have those vaccines administered with enough supervision to catch any potential adverse reactions.

    BUT if for some bizarre reason I had no information at all, and just had to stab in the dark, I would still give most of them, as I would rather risk a slightly bum arm in a child than death, paralysis, or any of the many other long-term consequences of the illnesses we vaccinate for. Even if it were a rare illness, I woud worry, and I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I skipped a vaccine out of fear and then my child was the one in a million that died of something I could have prevented so easily.

    I would only skip certain vaccines (the one that caused the problem) if the reaction I had encountered was both very likely to be passed on AND very serious.

    Post # 26
    1623 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’d think given the specific one–Men C–I’d go ahead and still get the vaccinations done.  Because the risk of the bum arm is still pretty low it seems, and also because getting meningitis is far, far worse. So even though both are uncommon, I’d fear the disease more.  That said, for that particular one I miiiiight decide to delay when it is received until the child is a bit more able to communicate verbally in case there is an adverse reaction–but that would be something I’d have to have long talks about with multiple doctors (and might mean my child can’t go to daycare/playgrounds/etc to reduce the risk to him and others).

    Post # 27
    1088 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I have a bad association with lack of vaccinations, so I would do it anyway. 

    Post # 28
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

    It would depend on WHAT caused my reaction to the vaccine and whether that cause was genetic and likely to affect my child. Furthermore, it would depend on whether the vaccine formula had been updated (likely) since I had received it. I’d do my research about my reaction and the vaccine and make an educated decision.

    Post # 29
    2664 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

    @AB Bride:  Yes, I’ll vaccinate my children when I have them. I refuse to read this thread, though. Because I know it’ll just infuriate me. 

    Post # 30
    1178 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I just need to cry because I’m 27 weeks pregnant and that polio article that @crayfish posted….

    YEAH I live 10 miles from long prairie MN.. the Amish are all over here. My FI’s grandfather drives the Amish people places a lot because he has a truck and trailer. I’m kind of freaked out by this!!!!

    Post # 31
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @AB Bride:  I will! But considering I’ve never had an adverse reaction to vaccines and am leaning towards being CFBC I’m doubting it would ever happen, you know since I wouldn’t be looking for one! I’m just assuming there must be some Doctor out there who specializes in vaccine stuff, even if they’re just a researcher… 

    I do think that if you/your child have a serious reaction to a vaccine, that’s reason enough for that person to not receive subsequent vaccines. If multiple doctors say that a child has a high risk of serious side effects from a vaccine, also a good reason to not vaccinate. It’s part of the reason I think it’s really important for people who can get vaccines to get them. The worst side effect I’ve ever had from a vaccine is temporary pain in my arm (the most was 5 days after a flu shot, and after the 2nd day it only hurt when I tried to lift something heavy with that arm or lied on it funny). Between that and having had the flu 3 years in a row where I didn’t get vaccinated, (confirmed diagnosis all three times) I get the flu vaccine every year. Smile

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