Vaccination was the biggest decision I researched, and still continue to research. I read everything I come across from both camps, and everyone in between. My experience with vaccines prior to having a kid was not good. I've dealt with many vaccine reactions in our own animals, and see many in my clients' animals. I had already just about stopped all vaccines in our pets, with wonderful changes in their overall health, not to mention not having to deal with reactions anymore. While researching childhood disease and vaccines, I found that most of the diseases fall into 2 main categories: 1. Generally mild and easily treatable in healthy people or 2. Very rare in our country. I also found out that diseases all declined in either fatality or rate of occurrence well BEFORE the vaccines were introduced. In fact, in many cases there has been a jump in occurrence since the vaccine was introduced. The more recent wave of Pertussis is occurring mostly in those fully vaccinated AND the vaccine does nothing to prevent the spread (says so on the insert, and the CDC admits it) AND there is a new strain that is a mutation from the vaccine. There hasn't been a case of wild polio in the US in several decades. Most polio that is occurring worldwide is caused by the oral form of the vaccine. I also found out that measles was as normal as chicken pox was back in our day - a mild illness almost everyone got, few kids had complications, and then the kid had true lifelong immunity. Measles complications are usually a result of low vitamin A in the diet. They're now finding the the measles virus can be beneficial - they're using it to fight cancer. Low and behold, the rates of cancer in those that had had measles is much lower than in those that never had the disease. These things are telling me that we're trying to mess with and control nature, and that never ends well for mankind. I'd rather work with a disease by understanding it and working to truly heal the body, than trying to artificially prevent disease with toxins.
I also found out that doctors (same goes for veterinarians) do not study vaccines in depth. The classes they do take are mostly to teach them how to scare patients into accepting the vaccines - just the fear-inducing info, not the whole gamet of facts. In fact, many of the classes they take in this area are taught and sponsored by the vaccine manufacturers. This isn't real science being done here...look into it deeper if you don't believe me. When a new vaccine is being tested, they do not use a real placebo. If there is a similar product on market already, that is their "placebo". If not, they use all the chemicals minus the disease (formaldehyde, aluminium, mercury, etc.). The side effects to vaccines are likely as much caused by the adjuvents and other additives as they are by the disease portion. This kind of "science" wouldn't pass a junior high science class!
In the end, our son has had no vaccines, and probably never will. I'm far more afraid of vaccines than I am of natural disease. I've studied the diseases, I know what to look for, how to treat most of them, where to go for help, etc. Our son is very, very healthy - only went to the doctor for a few well-baby visits in the beginning - no visits in 5 years. Whereas most of the other kids we know (vaccinated) have seemingly endless colds, ear infections, allergies, tubes put in, asthma, behavior problems, etc. Might just be luck of the draw. But there has never been a formal study done comparing vaccinated vs. unvaccinated kids. The people with the money for such a project are the ones with the most to lose if it doesn't turn out in their favor; and I highly doubt it would.
Also wanted to add that one of the most convincing resources of info for me has been the CDC. Just reading their surface stuff with a discerning eye will illuminate some things. They word things in such a way that they're not lying, but they're not stating everything either. Then if you dig real deep on their website, you'll find public information that shows rates of disease dropped well before the vaccines, and you'll find research that wasn't reported in the media that shows how dangerous (and often useless) vaccines really are. Even their own spokesperson has said that yes, you are far more likely to know vaccine-damaged individuals than you are to know anyone with a disease complication. She said this thinking it would show how important it is to keep vaccinating, but I fail to see how it can be taken that way. What are we doing to our kids??? When vaccine damage and death is considered perfectly acceptable collateral damage? No thanks!