Post # 1
I am due Nov.5th and I planned on having my child vaccinated.. My Fiance on the other hand has been doing all sorts of research and keeps coming at me with “oh yea, lets kill our child by giving him vaccines” and this and that and it is sooo annoying.. I dont know what to do!!
Have any of you ladies NOT vaccinated your baby???
Post # 3
@ms.melli: We don’t have any children yet but, we have discussed this extensively and WILL vaccinate. We KNOW the facts, that vaccinations do NOT cause autism and even if there was a possibility, we would rather take the chance of our child contracting autism than a DEADLY disease.
Post # 4
All of my children will definitely be vaccinated. It protects not only them but the people around them who can’t get vaccinated (too young to get them yet, immune disorders, allergies to a vaccine, etc). Herd immunity is hugely important at keeping these disease at bay. Look at what is happening now with Whooping Cough. IMO, the pros hugely outweigh the cons.
Immunology/Virology/Epidemiology and the spread of diseases is actually a huge interest of mine (if I didn’t want to be a Stay-At-Home Mom, I’d probably go back to school and get a masters in one of them or a more general Masters in Public Health).
Post # 5
I’m bookmarking this. I’m due Oct 17 and will probably have her vaccinated. I live in Bermuda but go home to Texas several times a year and they have a whooping cough breakout that is killing children, so I’m probably definitely going to get that for her. I do have to admit I haven’t done much research on this yet, but it is definitely on my to do list.
Post # 6
Ask him how many children die due to vaccination every year. (Not ‘suspected’, not anecdotal… find facts.) Then look up how many kids die due to the diseases you’re vaccinating against.
Being scared of vaccines is a bunch of new-age helicopter parent BS, if you ask me. There are a couple very vocal people out there using unsupported unscientific claims to scare the crap out of new parents and I don’t know why.
Post # 7
I don’t think vaccinating your kid should be a choice unless they have an allergy to something in it (ex. egg allergy precludes flu shot).
Vaccines do not cause autism or other devlopmental disease, the major side effects that do occur are very rare, no more than you would risk giving your kid Tylenol or an antibiotic, etc. A child’s immune system can handle TEN THOUSAND TIMES the amount of antigen present in a vaccine at ONCE, so “vaccine overload” is a crock of hooey. These are not my beliefs, nor based on anecdotal evidence. They are facts from reputable resources. You can find “facts” backing up anything on the internet, but you need to make sure they are 1) causation and not coincidence, 2) from reputable resouces and 3) reproduced/reproducible.
I am very passionate about vaccination awareness and compliance, even though we don’t have kids and won’t for a while. /End mini rant.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Ask your doctors if they vaccinate their children. I find that to be the most enlightening endorsement of vaccinations. Doctors generally don’t get much money for vaccinations so there really isn’t a money factor involved in recommending vaccinations.
There are so many breakouts of childhood diseases now directly related to pockets of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children and there has been no definitive scientific evidence that vaccinations cause autism. I just couldn’t live with myself if my child caught measles and died because I chose not to have him/her vaccinated. The world is too open when a simple plane ride from overseas countries where they don’t vaccinate can easily spread an outbreak.
Post # 9
Please vaccinate your child!
Post # 10
Just echoing the pp’s in saying that the risk of not vaccinating it SO much higher than vaccinating. Whole generations have been vaccinated… and they’ve turned out fine. Also that stuff about the autism and vaccines is BS.
Post # 11
@ms.melli: My high school boyfriend’s parents decided not to have him vaccinated as a baby and all that it meant was that he then had to have 18 years of vaccinations in a couple of weeks when he decided to volunteer abroad for a year after high school.
As PPs have said, the potential harm that not having the vaccines could cause is far greater than the possible harm of having them.
Post # 12
One of my peeves in life is the anti-vaccine movement. It’s such a steaming load of Busllshit Quackery. Kudos to you for wanting to vaccinate! Some issues ARE simply right and wrong, and worth standing your ground over, and I think this is one of them. The only exception would be if you or your Fiance had a dangerous reaction to a vaccine in the past (like a backfired Polio vaccine), or your child had some sort of immunity issue or allergy that made them a high risk candidate. Otherwise, absolutely do it!
The only reason people can safely get away with not vaccinating their kids is because of herd immunity, and because some diseases have been virtually eliminated because of vaccines. It’s a luxury to be able to make that decision. If you plan on travelling with your child, you’re putting them at risk for deadly diseases. By not vaccinating your child, you are also putting other children at risk. Before vaccines, especially the Polio vaccine, there was a very good chance of losing a child to illness.
Post # 14
Not to be rude, but as a nurse, nothing makes me more furious then when a mom refuses the vaccines. She *usually* has no idea what risk she puts on her her child’s head. Like many of you said, there is no proof tht vaccines cause autism or any other problems. I’ve taken care of children who were not vaccinated, I even had a mom almost loose her young child. When she said it was her own fault, I couldn’t even try to make her feel better.
Post # 15
So funny you posted this now. I was cleaning out my bookmarks and deleted links to two or three older threads debating the pros and cons of vaccinating YESTERDAY. A quick search of Weddingbee would probably bring them up for you…things got a little heated, but in general it was very informative. I am not pregnant yet, (we’re still trying!) but I will definitely be vaccinating.
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
“any experiment based on withholding vaccines from children would be unethical”
It’s unethical to experiment on children by withholding vaccines so why would a parent choose to do it? Although I do not agree with them, I do understand legitimate religious reservations but anybody else with even a little skill at research will find out that none of the vaccine overload theory hypotheses have ever been proven and have in many cases been debunked. 90% of autism is caused by genetics as shown by studies using twins and you can’t change your genes (yet).