Post # 92
@farawayviolet: There is controversy in the medical community. In my experience, it’s because some nurses and receptionists stick their head in the sand that some people need to be tested before getting vaccinated, because their risks of an adverse reaction are higher. Some don’t seem to think that adverse reactions occur and ignore it when someone tells them that it has happened.
Post # 93
@heylady: The problem is your decision can cause extreme harm to others. Sorry, but I spent about 4 years working with children with extemely severe disabilities and mediical conditions. These were the children that for legitimate medical reasons could not be vaccinated, and other people who choose not to vaccinate, choose to up the risk of these children contracting diseases that could be potentially deadly for them.
I think you misunderstand herd immunity. Firstly, my vaccinated child is more protected if there is herd immunity. Secondly, children who legitimately can’t get vaccinated (for REAL reasons, not pseudoscience, for example reactions, immunocompromisation etc) can be protected by herd immunity.
Here is an interesting video that clearly explains what herd immunity is and how it workd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRclbfK5q08
Post # 94
Just because there are two sides to an issue doesn’t mean that those two sides are equally worthy of attention. When virtually all the people using the best techniques and proper methods are on one side, that means something. Remember, like I said in my previous post, individual humans do not do a good job of long-term, collective risk analysis, and, as many others have pointed out, vaccinations have both individual and collective consequences. Please, please accept the overwhelming evidence–properly evaluated and gathered evidence–to guide you in your decision-making.
Post # 95
My baby girl has come down with a very bad cough this week, and there’s a possibility it’s whooping cough. She has had her first immunisation, but it’s not enough to fully protect her, and because I’ve got twins, my other daughter is exposed as well. For babies, this can be fatal. Here’s one woman’s story:
I am praying it’s just croup, as the doctor also hopes and suspects, but we don’t know for sure yet. The reason whooping cough is even a possible diagnosis is because a critical mass of people decided not to vaccinate here, and now there is a mini epidemic. PLEASE vaccinate. The decision not to may directly impact the most vulnerable if your child gets something and then passes it along to a little baby.
Post # 96
@heylady: around 5% of people who get vaccinated against hepatitis B will not form protective antibodies. So that person can do everything right, get all their vaccines, and they can still get hepatitis B. That’s what herd immunity means, that’s why it’s so important.
Post # 97
@UK Bride: I’m so sorry. I wish your baby all the best.
Post # 98
FI’s parents are both doctors. At dinner recently, I asked them what they think of parents not vaccinating their children to see, as medical experts, what their opinions are. His dad just rolled his eyes. His mom, who is a pediatric endocrinologist, looked me right in the eyes and said “It’s child abuse.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. Intentionally exposing your child to various disease (AND exposing countless others to those same diseases) IS abuse. It’s irresponsible. And I don’t care if I get flamed for saying this.
Post # 99
This is by far the biggest struggle that I am dealing with while pregnant. I am planning on going with the approach of an extended vaccination schedule, where my LO will only get one at at time and they will be thimeresol (mercury) free. There will be some vaccines (ie; chickenpox) that she will not get at all. I believe that many lives are saved because of vaccines, but if they were all completely harmless and safe then wouldn’t there be a single “SuperVaccine” that could be given? In regards to the Autism correlation and whether vaccines do or do not cause it, I say “there is not a known cause yet”. Until there is, I will err or the side of optimistically cautious when choosing what is injected into my child.
Post # 100
I’ll just leave this here.
“In the latest issue of BMJ, the British Medical Journal, investigative reporter Brian Deer makes the case that the infamous Lancet study, withdrawn last year, wasn’t just wrong — it was fraudulent because key facts were altered to support the autism link.
The original paper reported on a dozen kids, eight of whom supposedly developed gastrointestinal trouble and “regressive autism,” a form of the disorder that strikes later in childhood, after getting a combination vaccine against measles mumps and rubella. The work was led by Andrew Wakefield, an English doctor whose license was revoked in May for “serious professional misconduct” related to the work.”