On the fence about vaccinations (vaxing)?
Preface: We honor every parents' right to informed consent and informed refusal on this very important issue. As with every choice we make, there is no cookie-cutter answer to this important topic! What works for one family or child within that family, will not for another for a multitude of reasons. Vaxing will NOT be a hot topic issue here! People who vax are not uneducated pieces of crap and parents who don't vax are not creating public health menaces! We will smile and nod and sing "Kumbia" and respect each other's choice!
Here is the list of ingredients from the CDC directly:
Here is a great paper written with information on why one mom chose not to vax. Great resources are listed in it, to get you started "down the rabbit hole" as she puts it. : )
Great link with other great links!
Here are questions to ask about each vax as you research it, to help you weigh the risks and benefits, I borrowed it from this site: http://www.cafemom.com/group/4388/forums/read/16251622/HERE_IS_WHERE_TO_START_YOUR_RESEARCH_ON_VACCINES
Here are some questions to answer for yourself in deciding about vaccination:
1. Name of the disease
2. Description of the 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. Proportion of persons infected developing serious consequences
8. Transmission route of the disease
9. Prevalence of the disease
10. Treatments of the disease and efficacy of those treatments
11. Relevant research about the disease
12. Name of the vaccine
13. Company that makes the vaccine
14. Contents of the vaccine
14A. The significance of whether or not the vaccine is live
15. History of development of the vaccine
16. Known side-effects of the vaccine and rate of incidence of those side-effects
17. Possible side-effects not yet acknowledged by the vaccine maker
18. Relevant research into the vaccine
19. How effective is the vaccine at preventing the disease?
20.What is the vaccine meant to do? (Many vaccines are not meant to prevent infection or transmission).
21.Number of cases reported each year.
22.Number of deaths reported each year from the vaccine and natural disease.