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i really need some of you to educate me.

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i have to firt ask that no one argue or quote and say why each other is wrong because this concerns the health of my newborn baby boy.

vacinations..... please help me..

i need to know why you don't or do or why you chose certain ones and not others. website for or against are welcome i would like to make my own decision but advice is much welcome.

again please please don't argue i really want information and i don't want to have to go through a bunch of posts of "you're stupid"  "bi#%& you don't know me" and crap like that. if you don't agree just ignore it and post why you did/didn't.  thank you guys sooo much.

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM
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coffeeluva
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I vaccinate my kids but space them out so they get 2 or 3 at once instead of 5. My daughter is 1 and has had no reaction to any vaccine yet, not even a fever. My son is 2 and has had one fever I believe from the MMR vaccine. I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if they were to contract one of the preventable diseases that vaccines are supposed to protect them from. I feel like vaccinating is less risky then them being possibly exposed to a disease or illness. I trust my pediatrician and believe they have more knowledge about the subject than I do.

brittianybaker
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM

 

Quoting maria1613:

I agree

Quoting singlemom1208:

I vax because I feel that's the safest way to protect my baby from preventable diseases.

 same here

 

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Apr. 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM

i do vaccinate. i personally feel like it's irresponsible not to. you see so many diseases that were irradicated when the vaccines were introduced and now that more parents aren't vaxing they are making a comeback. not only can the unvaxed child catch something, so can the kids around them-vaxed AND not vaxed. and those kids are going to pass it on too. so i just feel like they should be done. 

i kind of like the idea of spacing them out a bit more. sometimes the drs want to give so many and it just seems like too much at once, but all in all i believe they're a good thing.

wulfeyes05
by Ruby Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I vaccinate. I have the I'd rather be safe than sorry attitude. Getting chicken pox or measles from another child can be dangerous.

FrugalFairy
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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There is a lot of misinformation and misinterpration out there; anyone can start their own blog or website and put forth their information, with or without the educational background to interprate the information correctly. That, IMO, is why the most important step in your research is to find a good doctor who is willing to go over your concerns, not simply dismiss them.

While I may be pro-vax now, I was actually against vaccinations for many years. I believed wholeheartedly that vaccines were toxic, unnecessary, and could be traced back to any number of chronic ailments. But,  circumstances led me to start questioning everything I thought I knew. I met with our new doctor and essentially said "Don't tell me I am wrong. Tell me WHY I am wrong." And I started my research over from scratch, but with a more critcical eye and better knowledge of toxicology, immunology and vaccine science. This led me to make the informed choice TO vaccinate, and do so with cofidence.

justgracie
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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Be very careful.  Moms are telling you to do research but in this day and age a lot of people do not understand the difference between googling and research.  You can find sites that say absolutely anything but that is not the same as researching the issue.

Watch for hype.  Watch for words used for a reaction like "chemicals" or "toxins".  An unbiased work will just tell you the ingerdients without choosing the most inflamatory words.  The word "chemical" actually doesn't mean much in this context.  Your whole body is made of chemicals.  The water you drink is a chemical.  Chemicals are simply combinations of elements.  They are the building blocks of the world.  So don't get sucked into hysteria about awful "chemicals".

 The same thing with toxins.  There are substances in your body right now that are toxic enough to kill you if they get out of place.  Anything is toxic in sufficient doses.  Water willl kill you if you drink too much.  But water is not a "toxin".

When you see gimmicks like that, you are looking at anti-science viewpoint.  That isn't doing research.  Herbalists and naturopaths are not microbiologists or infectious disease specialists.  

I vax.  One of my kids had a bad reaction to a vaccine so we were on a delayed schedule.  The fact is more kids have bad reactions to food they are fed than to vaccines.  My Pedi had kids the same ages as mine.  And he fully vaccinated.  My cousin is a microbiologist working in a country were vaccines are not routinely available and he had them flown in when they had their baby.  

I see an infectious disease specialist.  He actually sees the failure to vaccinate as criminal neglect.  He was part of the project to track vaccine injuries so he knows more about it than most of us.  He will not see or work with un-vaxxed people.

DylansMommyXo
by Daggy on Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

This

Quoting singlemom1208:

I vax because I feel that's the safest way to protect my baby from preventable diseases.

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lruggio
by on May. 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I vacinated my children because I wanted to protect them from getting horrible diseases that could kill them.  I've seen first hand, the handicaps from polio, the deaths from meningitis, (both young kids and college age kids)  the babies I took care of in the hospital  from rotovirus or pertussis and yes, chicken pox..

 some years ago,  there was not such a thing as measles in the US...now its here again...its popped up again, because many more people these days travel and many people are not vacinating, thinking its safe because you dont hear of these illnesses any more...but the only disease that has been eradicated has been small pox...everything else that killed people years ago is still around but being kept at bay becasue of vacines.  when people let up on vacines, it allows that door that we were successful in shutting, start to creep open..and yes, now we have measles once again in the US.

its not fun to see your baby get a shot and cry.  But watching the mothers who have to be in the hospital with their babies who are fighting to live becuase they caught something that could have been prevented by vacinations is heart breaking...and frustrating.  

My suggestion to you, is before you decide what you will do reguarding vacines, is to find a pediatrician who you can trust . If you trust you pediatrician, then follow what he has to say...after all, you are putting your baby in his care.  Finding out what mothers do regarding vacines is not the best source to make a good solid deciion.  I think you need to speak to the people who work in the world of vacines and health care.  I woiuld suggest, to contact the Center for Disease control, the world health organization, and a sampling of doctors who vacinate and doctors who dont.  Look for studies...look for honest facts.  Don't look for decisions based on emotion and speculations and assumptions.  Look for hard honest statistcs and facts, and educate yourself on the vacines, the diseases they protect kids from.  look up Vacine Information sheets or V.I.S. and you can get a waleth of information.

First step is to make friends with your pediatrician and develop a good trust and open communication with him/her and discuss your concerns.

misslady80013
by on May. 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM
Wow! Do they only do that when asked? I am talking about the delayed vax schedule? Do you have any info on which ones they get and at what time? I am so nervous for his 2 week appointment and I would like more info. Thanks so much if you can help.

Quoting brettsmomma:

 I had nightmares about vaxing my boy. I read a bunch of posted articles online that just scared me even more. Thankfully i have a great relationship with my pedi and I simply sat down with her and discussed my fears. She told me that she vaxes her own children and she would never expect me to do something she herself wouldn't do. We made a delayed vac schedule for my son and Ive followed it ever since.

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AHmom103
by Gold Member on May. 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I live near a large community of Amish people. I have seen first hand how vaccinations can save kids' lives. I volunteered to visit some of these families with my mother (she's a nurse), and seeing kids die from illnesses that could have been prevented broke my heart, even as a teenager. Add to that I have never seen a single child have more than a runny nose from being vaccinated, and I am very comfortable with it. I would much rather risk the extremely slim chance that vaccines will cause autism than deal with the risk of preventable diseases taking my kids from me.

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