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shawnameeow
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Registered: ‎09-02-2013

New Mom2B seeking opinions about vaccines

Hi all!

 

Im Shawna, 32, and about to have my first, and last baby. Pregnancy is brutal and I have no idea how my hubby deals with me. I am hard for me to deal with... So- I have a great deal of admiration and a bit of envy to you lucky ones who feel 'amazing, and like preganacy is all gumdrops and lollipops'. 

 

OK- So- what is everyones thoughts regarding vaccines for kids?

I've been reading and reading- info from both sides of the fence. I, myself, am very skeptical about injecting my precious lil munchie with the vaccines. I know they have toxic, vial ingredients and preservitives that cause a whole slew of adverse reactions. Subsequently, I do not feel that doping my lil munchie up on Tylenol until he or she is better is briilliant idea either. I also understand that the pharmactical industry is a billion dollar power house and that there is more money to be made in creating disease than curing it.

I just wanted to see if there really are perfectly healthy unvaccinated kids out there somewhere today, in 2013. I know this is an extremely touchy subject for some people, and that is the reason I am asking. I appreciate everyones opinion. Regardless of which side you're on. 

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zoodle17
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Registered: ‎09-05-2013

Re: New Mom2B seeking opinions about vaccines

I am a nurse-midwife and have a degree in Public Health.  When my son was diagnosed with autism, I researched this issue very carefully.  I didn't just take the CDCs word for it, I looked at most of the studies myself.  I feel very comfortable that vaccines do not cause autism or any other major conditions.  The preservatives that are in vaccines are in forms that excrete from the body very quickly.  Chances are if you and only you did not vaccinate your kids, they would be fine.  However if many kids in your community were not vaccinated, there could be an outbreak.  We recently had a measles outbreak in our city.  If your child got the measles as an older child, they would probably be fine, but as a younger child it could be life threatening.  The other thing is that many vaccines aren't given to kids until they are a year old, but they have a low chance of getting sick before then because older kids are vaccinated.  An unvaccinated child who gets sick could spread the infection to a young infant or someone else who is immunocompromised.  I commend you for thinking about every chemical that goes into your child's body.  There are alot of resources for raising "green" babies or having a clean environment, and there's alot you can do that's not that difficult to minimize toxic exposures to your family.  Remember, even though vaccines seem frequent in the first few years, its nothing compared to food that your child eats every day!  I hope this helps.  You will find alot of passionate voices on both sides of this issues, and I just wanted to share what I've learned both as a professional and a mom in a hopefully unbiased way!  Congratulations on your impending birth!

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Amybrick21482
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Registered: ‎09-05-2013

Re: New Mom2B seeking opinions about vaccines

We have done a modified vaccination schedule for both of my kids; 1 vaccine every 4-6 weeks. I work with my Dr. on the order to administer them in. By doing it this way, I can pinpoint any reactions. Plus, I refuse to subject my kids to multiple shots at one time. Both of my kids have done very well with this approach. Definitely find a pediatrician that will support your choices - some practices will not work with you. We do not do the flu shot.
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hlr_daycare
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Registered: ‎09-05-2013

Re: New Mom2B seeking opinions about vaccines

I am a mother of 4 my 3 boys got vaccines due to I didn't know any better and did ok with the exception of weeken immune systems which I eventually built and rarely get sick(maybe once a yr.), however since then alot has change in the medical world. My last child;my daughter is 3 and has never received vaccines nor antbiotics. The few times she's been sick were minimal things and I run a Family Daycare Home. I'm big on natural remedies and therefore will only give fever medication if absolutely necessary. She's quite healthy. I would highly advise that you breastfeed the benefits are amazing and especially if you choose not to do vaccines.
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faerieautumn13
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Registered: ‎09-06-2013

Re: New Mom2B seeking opinions about vaccines

I am a new mom of an 8 month old. I too did alot of research on both sides however, I will say - I stuck with the facts of the medical and scientific communicty on this one. There was just too much risk to my little one with not vaccinating - There is a higher risk of serious illness and death if I did not vaccinate - the illnesses and complications that she could get resulting in not having the vaccines scared me. She has reacted very weel through three rounds so far - I have only had to give her tylenol 1 time AFTER 1 round - I never pre treated her. I did not want her to go through a bout of sickness of measles, or mumps, or any of the other diseases thata re resurfacing due to non vaccinations. Why would I put her through getting sick when I could prevent it? I would rather do everything in my power to help her than not and regret it later. 

Plus, if the vaccines were so unsafe, don't you think there would be a MUCH higher rate of issues? There are BILLIONS of people who get vaccinbated all over the world. If they were that bad, we would see huge populations of children having bad reactions and serious side effects. Not just a small sampling. Anything can worng with anything but I felt safer knowing I am trying.

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ribsam
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Registered: ‎09-06-2013

Re: New Mom2B seeking opinions about vaccines

I am a mom to 3 children. 1yo, 3yo & 5yo. I am also an RN. All of mine have received their vaccinations. My 3yo ds has autism. I also have researched vaccines & interviewed many doctors & specialists about them. I will admit I had a moment of hesitation before my youngest received her MMR but I do not regret our decision at all. Only you can make the decision for your own children. My only advice is do what you are comfortable with & do your research.
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katemagill3
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Registered: ‎09-06-2013

Re: New Mom2B seeking opinions about vaccines

Hi Shawna-
This is a big debate, isn't it? :-)
My son is 2. He has been mostly vaccinated, though we went with Dr. Sears schedule (mostly), so that it was spread out, not 5-6 shots each appointment but 1-2 shots ever (or every other) month. We did most of the recommended vaccinations, but not all (and if/when we have another I might do a few less). We do not do the flu shot.
HOnestly, you have to do the research and make the call for yourself. Personally, I think the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) and Polio vaccines are important not just for your child but for society's sake. We dont' have much of those diseases anymore because of vaccines (though, due to people NOT vaccinating, there are more breakouts, currently). Without looking at the list of CDC recommended vaccinations I can't remember the others specifically, but I would say do the research on each one and decide, rather than looking at them as a whole, if that makes sense. Decide vaccination by vaccination. it's a lot of work - no doubt. But it's worth it to get your LO started off right. And don't forget 'lifestyle factors' - will your child be in daycare from an early age (and therefore exposed to a lot more things)? Is there anyone in your family with hepatitis (that would be a good reason to vaccinate). Things like that.
But whatever you do - don't let anyone (even doctors!!) make you feel guilty or bad for your choices, no matter what you choose. I have changed pediatricians, myself, for this very reason. Your baby, your call. Good luck!!!
ps: I didn't have a gumdrops and lollipops pregnancy either...unless you count ginger lollipops which was about all i could ingest for a few months! hang in there!
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