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To vaccinate or NOT........That is the question.

My sister just had a healthy, strong, baby boy. She is having a hang up right now with how (all at once or broken up) and even if she should have him vaccinated...he was just born 4/09 so she has some time to debate the issue but all the information you could provide would be of great help.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:41 PM on Apr. 14, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Well that's a personal choice. I did vaccinate my children, and I have no regrets about it. She could space them out more if she likes. I have friends that didn't vaccinate till their children had to go to school. Whatever decision she makes should be about FACTS not emotions, not old wives tales, not fear tactics, but just medical facts
    Zakysmommy

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 12:44 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • I have chosen to vacinate...but I'm waiting until my son's body can handle it better. Vaccines are chemicals that can cause reactions, that's why kids get fevers after they get them, because it's foreign and the body isn't used to it. So, when I feel his body is ready for them, he will get them. He's 18 months now and I'm thinking at about three years.
    sarapurser

    Answer by sarapurser at 12:45 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • Have her go online and research each disease, complications and possible alternative treatments. Then do it again and again. This is not a light decision. I do not Vaccinate my kids. But it isn't something I trusted someone else to research for me.
    SusieD250

    Answer by SusieD250 at 12:45 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • I vaccinated. A lot of the statistics that nonvax post are not from accredited places or are outdated. I know that these diseases still are out there and do not want to put my child at risk when they come back with a vengence. I have had a friend that did not vaccinate and her child ended up with the measels
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:45 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • That is something she has to decide, and do research on. I choose to vaccinate my kids. It would be a factor if she plans on putting them in public school, if they are not already. Schools prefer kids vaccinated from my understanding.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • The number one reason this question was asked anonymous was to start the inevitable 'war' that always happens w/ vax/no vax, BF or FF, AP or CIO give it a rest already.

    In the event you are for real and this is your first day on CM..tell your 'sister' to do her own research and make her own decision.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • I would rather be safe than sorry. I vaccinated.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate This is a decision every parent needs to make and I ask that before you do you answer the following questions truthfully for each disease that currently has a vaccine recommended for it: 1) Name of disease 2) Description of disease 3) Length of time from initial infection to end of all symptoms 4) Infectious period 5) Normal symptoms of the disease 6) Known serious consequences of the disease 7) Percent of persons infected that develop serious consequences 8) Transmission route of the disease 9) Current prevalence of the disease 10) Treatments and effectiveness 11) Name of the vaccine (may be multiple ones) 12) Company that makes the vaccine 13) Vaccine ingredients 14) Is it a live virus vaccine 15) History of the vaccine development and reason for development 16) Known side effects and rate of incidence of the vaccine 17) Possible side effects not acknowledged by the manufacturer

    aeneva

    Answer by aeneva at 12:49 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • 18) Effectiveness of the vaccine
    19) How many boosters are required
    20) What is the vaccine meant to do (many are not meant to prevent infection or transmission)
    21) Number of cases reported in the USA each year
    22) Number of deaths from the vaccine and the disease each year in the USA

    Only after answering these can you truly make an informed decision on vaccination. Also keep in mind that you DO NOT have to vaccinate to have your children in public school. Every state has at least a medical exemption, majority have a religious exemption, and a few have a philosophical exemption. If you started vaccinating and then changed your mind you can still get an exemption because your religious beliefs changed.

    Here are some websites to get you started on your search:

    http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/
    http://www.trackingvaccinations.com
    http://www.909shot.com/state-site/state-exemptions.htm
    aeneva

    Answer by aeneva at 12:49 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • http://www.nccn.net/~wwithin/vaccine.htm
    http://www.vaccinationnews.com
    http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/package_inserts.htm
    http://www.vaccination.inoz.com/ingredie.html
    http://www.unlessthelordmagazine.com/articles/Vaccines%20Prt%201.htm
    http://www.bt.cdc.gov/Agent/Smallpox/VaccineImages.asp


    Have her find the answers to all of these questions for all the vaccines out there and then make an informed decision. Once I did the research I decided to not vaccinate my children.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:50 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

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