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Question: Do you think that this story can make a vaccinating mom think twice or do some research on vaccinations?

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yes

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maybe

i am a vaccinating mom and i am thinking twice now

i am a vaccinating mom and i will still vaccinate


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Here is the story I have been working on for a while now.

 Vaccine debate: Are we hurting our kids? - poconorecord.com - The Pocono Record

 

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Lovef...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 7:18 AM I vaccinated all three of my kids and they are just fine

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Mangy...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 7:31 AM

I researched and researched and all I could do was cry. It seems everything I read about vaccines were either radically for or radically against. I went to visit my parents and just got all upset about vaccines. I was lost as to what I should do. I saw it as either way I could harm my children with good intentions.

My dad ended my inner turmoil- He showed me a statistic that made me say "Woah..." Kids in Africa don't have MMR vacs. I believe it is measles that is the childhood disease that is the number one killer of African children under the age of 5. He told me that even though many US children are effected by vaccines, it is a small percentage. He said it is slim chances my kids will be effected. Ok. I'll go with that outlook. Anything that helps me figure this out so I don't have to be a blubbering silly anymore.

So I decided to vaccinate. Does this end my worry that my boys will be effected? Heck no, it doesn't! It just helped me to make that crucial decision. I couldn't make a "Damned if you do, Damned if you don't" kind of decision, and hubby was equally as lost as I was on it.

So I'm afraid I don't know which option to select in your poll. I'm a vaccinating mom who decided she will vaccinate, however I've ALWAYS thought twice. I still do. I made my choice based on the information my dad provided, and hubby and I decided vacs were the lesser of two possible evils.

Dear Lord, I hope we made the right choice. I pray for that every day. 

Kudos to moms out there who could/can make a firm decision one way or the other without having to go cry to Daddy about it like me! :-) 

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xxcol...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 9:11 AM

I voted yes Mel I think this will def make moms at the very least do some research.

Watch out though I think you are in for some heavy duty "opinons" on this story it's such a touchy subject. But I know you can handle it :)

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lovel...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 12:07 PM Wow, thanks for doing this story. I realize some immunizations are important, while others just seem to be excesssive and unnecessary. Quite the topic for conversation, though!!

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supam...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 12:41 PM

I voted yes and agree with Colleen it is a VERY touchy subject, and it is very sad that we as parents have to pick our children's poison but at least we have the right to decide and can make an informed choice.  I am not necessarily anti-vaccination but if I had known then what I know now (for whatever it was worth) I would have taken a different approach or at least have had the vaccines delayed!!  Many parents have felt (myself included) that way too many shots are administered all at once or too soon. 

Great story Mel!!  Thank you for sharing this. 

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tiffa...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM i am a non-vaccinating parent....i have researched both sides and know i'm doing whats best for my child ...i'm happy to see someone taking the time to be informed, regardless of any ones personal decision it's important to know the facts. Thanks for the post.

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webso...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 4:15 PM Excellent story Mel!!!

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Queen...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 5:24 PM

You did a good job Mel... the article was very well written. ;)

I however have done all my research and choose to vaccinate.. I certainly respect other's peoples choice not too... everyone has to do what they feel is best for their own children. That is really the bottom line.

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