(Closed) Will you vax your baby?

posted 10 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Will you vax your kids?
    Full vaccinations : (80 votes)
    61 %
    Partial vaccinations : (15 votes)
    11 %
    Non-vaxing : (4 votes)
    3 %
    Delayed vaxing : (11 votes)
    8 %
    On schedule vaccinating : (22 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 32
    2206 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @ alisha

    Can’t speak for Colorado, but here in California, the California School Immunization Law, Cal. Health & Safety Code sections 120325 et seq., is no hoax.

    Post # 33
    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @alishadhs4 – I just spoke about your comment with my boss and he agrees in that claim it as a “requirement” but they back down when a parent fights them on it since there is no law or the law (if exists) varies from state to state. I do know the kids need a clean bill of health before being accepted.

    Post # 34
    438 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m still in waiting, but the Boyfriend or Best Friend and I have already talked about this, we do not want to vaccinate our kids.  I wrote many research papers for school on this topic and the information I found is scary.  We are hoping to homeschool our kids, so the school requirement is a non-issue.

    Post # 35
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    @alisha – Not sure where you live, but New York most certainly does have laws requiring that students registering for post-secondary education provide proof of having been vaccinated.  Exceptions are made for those who produce evidence of religious objection, but the law is on the book.

    Post # 36
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    As a Pediatrics nurse this always seems to be a touchy subject. I understand the pros and cons but I have also seen the outbeak such as HIB which can be fatal returning due to children not being vaccinated. With the increase in immigration and people traveling worldwide, diseases are being brought back.  I personally do feel some are unnecessary such as HEP A, not Hep B–this one is important as it is very common disease that is seen.

    It is something you should research AND discuss with your pediatrician. I agree with a pp that said they want preserative free vaccines. However, if you have Medicaid or Caresource or no insurance and will be doing a government program, you do not have a choice. It is not common knowledge, but their vaccines, especially the Flu vaccine has Thimersol in them.

    For the school requirements, they are required where I am at. I have seen kids kicked out of daycare and sent home from school until they received their checkup with vaccines or forms stating they’ve declined them for personal reasons. I will not touch the Jenny Mccarthy issue,  I understand her personal struggle, however, I saw an interview and she had poor and at times wrong information and such a public figure that speaks out on something they have not educated themself fully on angers me.

    Post # 37
    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Ah, well, I know i needed them, but I did go to school in california. I know I needed some for college, too. And some more before travel to India.

    Seeing as how I plan to switch into medicine, NOT vaccinating my children seems like a bad idea with all the goodies I’ll be exposed to myself, every day. Bringing them home? No thanks!

    And I don’t know that I”d trust a book by Jenny McCarthy, either. LOL. Maybe some medical journals, but a former Playboy? Maybe for laughs,but not for the source of my information =]

    Post # 38
    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I will certainly wax my baby. Especially if it looks like this.

    Although I’d probably be more concerned that my child is so angry.

    Post # 39
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    OH My Word MissACS….LMAO!!!

    Post # 40
    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    That is pretty darn funny! Thanks for helping me laugh!  🙂

    Post # 41
    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think I might be homeschooling my kids for the first couple years, I think that sometimes what kids go through in elementary school is so sad. I have a cousin who has been bullied ever since first grade, he’s now in middle school and at a Christian Private school, and it’s just as bad. I want to give my children love and care and support and raise them how I want them and teach them what I think is most important to me. When they’re older, I’ll let them make their own decision concerning schooling.

    SO. the whole vaccinations required for school doesn’t concern me, I will probably get only a couple – but definitely not all of them. And DEFINITELY not the flu shot. My reasoning is because there is so many preservatives and junk inside the vaccinations these days that I think it’s causing people to get sick, even adults. My mom has been sick for four years because of what the vaccinations did to her, and she wasn’t an unhealthy woman. It is so sad seeing your mom in bed for 15 hours everyday. I don’t want to do that to my kids or to myself.

    So, I voted no vax. 

    Post # 42
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    My daughter has full, on-schedule vaccinations.  Aside from the fact that they were required for her daycare, her private preschool, and now, the public shool she’ll be in for first grade (Virginia resident), I think the benefits of vaccinations greatly outweigh the risks.  For example, the varicella (chicken pox) vaccination wasn’t available when I was a child, and I have scarring from my chicken pox exposure.  Why would I want that for my daughter?

    I think the bigger issue is that so many more parents are choosing not to vaccinate, and this country is seeing outbreaks of diseases that just weren’t common for a while – mumps (57 cases in Brooklyn last fall), whooping cough (pertussis).  Vaccinations do more than just protect your child from the disease; they help protect the population as a whole.

    Post # 43
    1011 posts
    Bumble bee

    Most vaccinations are preservative free now.  The federal government also a vaccination compensation fund.

    I spent quite some time studying vaccines and infectious diseases when I was completing my master’s in pubic health.

    If you choose not to get your child vaccinated, you better hope that everyone else has vaccinated their children so yours will be protected by herd immunity (ie, no one will have the disease so that your child isn’t exposed).

    The problem is we really haven’t been exposed to the devistating effects of childhood diseases because we have been protected against them.  It’s one thing to make the decision for yourself, but think long and hard before you make the decision for your child.  Look into what contracting the disease itself will bring before you make the decision.  The more people elect not to immunize their children, the greater the risk to all children.  Actually, the ones at the greatest risk are the children who for other medical reasons cannot be vaccinated.

    Post # 44
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    My eight year old is autistic. I can’t say one way or another if vaccines were the cause. She has been vaccinated. However, I think that there are some unsafe elements in vaccines. On the other hand, some vaccines are neccesary. As a society, we’re not very particular about what we put into our bodies, and we’ve kind of let the drug companies tell us what is good for our babies, even if some of it is REALLY REALLY BAD.

    There is also research that suggests that a hormone given to cows that is passed on to dairy products causes autism. There is also research that suggests fish from a certain region of the Great Lakes is linked to autism, as well as other birth defects.

    As for Jenny McCarthy, I have a LOT of respect for her. Playmate or not, she’s speaking out as a mother. Giving those of us who don’t have the resources to ask questions that need to be asked a voice. And making the issue more accesible to the public. I don’t agree with everything she says, but I do agree with things she says. I’ve sat with professionals who contradicted themselves and given me untrue statemnts about my wn kid. The thing is, autism and vaccines is not a cut & dry situation and there is still a lot of work to be done.

    Post # 45
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    I’ll definitely be doing serious research on this before I decide. I don’t think that completely skipping all vaccinations is the way to go, because that seems dangerous to me. I plan to do vaccinations, it’s just a matter of if we will skip some, change the schedule, or if we’ll do them normally. 

    I’m a special education major, so we’ve talked alot about the connection between vaccinations and autism in my classes, and the general consensus seems to be that there isn’t really any reputable evidence or research to suggest that the two are correlated. 

    Post # 46
    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    As a pediatrician I am extremely comfortable with the peer reviewed research that has been done on the adverse effects of vaccination.  I could go on and on about this if people wanted, providing links and evidence… But if there is one thing I’ve learned it’s that there’s not too much that I can do to change fixed beliefs.  So here’s what I do.

    I plan to vaccinate my child on time for everything with combined vaccines (less pokes), but when it comes to my patients, I work with every family to find a regimen that they can live with.  If I need to break up vaccines into individual vaccines, I’ll do it.  I’ve been known to delay or alter the schedule, as well.

    But we are having an outbreak of measles in Seattle right now (and pertussis in the past), and it’s partially attributable to low levels of vaccination.  You have to have herd immunity for vaccines to be effective in the population.  Otherwise the non-vaccinators are not protected.

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