Should I vaccinate my baby?
Real Mom Problem
“My 19 month-old and six month-old are both completely vaccination-free. But I'm beginning to second guess my decision. I've researched and researched and was so sure of the right choice when I was pregnant with my 19 month old and now I wonder if I did the right thing.”
- 1. Research the standard vaccine schedule before you go to the doctor
- 2. Understand the risks of the diseases your baby will get vaccinated against
- 3. Talk with your child's pediatrician about any vaccine concerns you have
- 4. Inform your child's doctor if previous children had adverse reactions to vaccines
Real Mom Solutions
Are you on the fence about whether to get your baby vaccinated? Read these moms' vaccine tips and experiences to help you make your decision.
Get Your Baby Fully Vaccinated
My son is fully vaccinated. I recommend all my friends and family to do the same. The researcher who reported a link between vaccines and autism admitted he falsified documents, and other reports have also found no correlations between vaccines and poor health outcomes. I think these reports put a lot of false fear into parents and put vaccines in a negative light. The diseases being vaccinated against are potentially fatal. I could never in good conscience put my son at risk of something that could kill him but is preventable.
Unless there is a family history of vaccine reactions or a known allergy to one of the ingredients in a vaccine, it's much safer to get the vaccine than the disease. They either confer immunity to the disease or at a minimum make the symptoms much less severe and deadly. Plus, more people vaccinating protects those too young or otherwise unable to receive them.
Try Selective or Delayed Vaccination
I chose to stick with a "selective" schedule for vaccinations. My daughter has to be seen more frequently, but only receives one to two vaccines at a time. The vaccines she receives are Dtap, PC and Hib. All others have either been delayed or we have opted to skip. She is a breastfed baby and does not attend daycare. She will not receive Polio, Hepatitis B, flu or chicken pox. MMR will be given at an older age. It's too scary to know what's really in those shots and I feel like a worse parent when she is injected with bovine fetus serum and aluminum than when she skips a shot. It's every parent's personal choice.
I believe I can always give vaccines later. But once I have given them I can't take them back and if my kids have an adverse reaction, it's too late and the damage is done. We approach each vaccine individually. We weigh the risk and side effects of the vaccine and the chance of exposure to the disease with the risks of the disease.
Vaccines Are Worth the Risk
I feel that vaccinations have side effects and some cause severe reactions. Some are linked to exposing the genetically predisposed autism, some are filled with deadly reaction preservatives and others aren't as strong as they should be and so they are ineffective. I know that live vaccines can also cause the illness to present. Either way, I believe they work more often than not. I know that the immunization is better than the treatment and risk of death from the illnesses they are trying to prevent. Vaccinations have issues but the risk of the vaccination is far less than the disease.
I have seen children and babies suffer and even die from measles. To see a baby with whooping cough is one of the most horrible things I have ever seen anyone go through. But I do believe it is up to the parent to choose. It is your child you know what is best.
I feel the risks of injecting known toxins (all the additives) and the disease itself directly into the bloodstream of a child during the crucial formative years to achieve limited antibodies far outweigh the risks of contracting the disease naturally. Vaccines do not equal immunity. They just mean that if you do contract the disease, the symptoms are generally less severe. But they don't protect against every strain and often at least half of the reported cases for any disease are in those who are vaccinated.
I think parents in general give vaccines because it's the "norm". There are very few who take the time to research what vaccines are and WHY they are given. No infant, in my opinion, should be given a vaccine at birth. I don't say this because I'm afraid of autism. I am someone who, as a healthcare worker, has seen PROOF that vaccines can hurt and kill.
Just like choices we make on what to feed our children, we should question what else we are putting in their tiny bodies. Do your research. Ingredients, number of vaccines from 1984 to now, vaccine injury, outbreaks, treatment. Even though you may vaccinate your child, they are not 100% protected from that virus.