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Are there any optional vaccines?

What are the vaccines that are really necessary and vaccines that aren't necessary. Thank you.


Asked by Anonymous at 9:57 AM on Apr. 21, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (8)
  • That would depend totally on who you are talking to! A lot of people opt out of the chicken pox vaccine - all 4 of my kids had it, and 2 of them still got the chicken pox. We delayed the MMR for a long time. As pp mentioned, there are no "mandatory" vaccines - all states have waivers that you can sign if you don't vax and decide to send your child to public school.
    Your pediatrician will most likely tell you that all vaccines are safe and recommended. You can do your own research and find studies that contradict that. You can find studies that say vaccines are totally safe. It depends on you and what's best for your family.

    Answer by missanc at 10:04 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • technically they are all optional....

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 9:59 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • We get all scheduled vaccines. In our opinion, the risk of the life threatening disease is much worse than any potential side effects (that are NOT proven).

    However, should we ever have a girl... we will NEVER do the HPV vaccine. There have been lots of studies that prove more harm than benefit from it.

    Answer by RutterMama at 10:02 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • They're ALL optional. You have the right to refuse, and your doc must honor that. My suggestion is to read up on Dr. Sears. He has a good vaccination plan.

    Answer by Luvmylilmonkies at 10:12 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Right now there are no federal laws about mandatory vaccines. You can refuse any of them. Schools and colleges provide exemptions for students who are not vaccinated.

    You can go to the vaccine manufacturers websites and read the vaccine ingredients. You can research ingredients to know if they are legal or banned world wide. Some vaccines and vaccine ingredients are legal in the US but not the EU.

    Answer by ecodani at 10:12 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • when looking into vaccine ingredients you should look up adjvants too.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 10:36 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • They're all optional. You just have to sign a waiver.

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 10:46 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Quoting Luvmylilmonkies: "You have the right to refuse, and your doc must honor that."

    The doctor must honor your decision, but that doesn't mean he or she will keep your child as a patient. My pediatrician will not take patients that do not follow the recommended vaccination schedule.

    Answer by andrea96 at 11:37 AM on Apr. 21, 2010