January 21, 2007,
A.B. asks from Santa Fe, NM on January 04, 2007
Vaccinations - Santa Fe, NM
Have any of you had any negative responses from vaccinations? What have your thoughts on children not being vaccinated?
T. answers from Phoenix on January 04, 2007
I would rather have my kids have autism than measles, or any other disesases thought to be caused by the vaccination. I did ask my ped about this and she said that many have thought it was the 18 month vac causing autism because that is when signs start showing;however, she said that there are proven studies that it is gene deriven and not caused by the vaccination.
C.K. answers from Santa Fe on January 04, 2007
I have heard so many different things about vaccines, but both my girls are fully vaccinated. For example, chicken pox vaccine, in my opinion, is better than getting chicken pox. I had chicken pox, and even though it was 40 years ago, I still remember how awful it was. And when they're young and at school with other kids that get sick, they're less likely to end up in really bad shape. That has been my experience. Also, most schools, even preschools, don't take children who haven't been vaccinated.
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S.M. answers from St. Louis on January 21, 2007
My daughter is almost 8 months old and not vaccinated. I am considering partial vaccination, but still doing research. If you have not already, I suggest doing heavy research of your own and then make an educated decision.
As far as risk of vaccinations, bad reactions do occur. Horrible reactions do occur, and if your child is one of the few who is harmed or killed, you would hate yourself for doing that to her. As far as risks of diseases go, doctors and vaccine manufacturers only show you the worst of what can happen. Worst aspects of diseases are the rarest, just as bad reactions to vaccines.
As a child, I had hep A or B, so am naturally immune for life and my daughter has temporary immunity since i breastfeed. You cannot pass on immunity from a vaccine to your child. I had chickenpox as a child and did not suffer the worst side effects from the disease, now my daughter has temp immunity to that as well. I never had a HIB vaccine as a child as HIB came out just as i finished my childhood vaccinations. I never got HIB. My great grandparents probably never saw a vaccine in their lives, and they lived to raise my grandparents.
I still believe that autism may be related to vaccines, of course nobody is going to tell us otherwise. They only want us to hear good things about vaccines.
It is important to remember that vaccines are not 100% effective. Suppose your child has a bad reaction to a vaccine only to contract the disease later....double whammie.
If you practice healthy eating, exercise and hygeine habits, I think you will be safe.
A lot of bad diseases come from places that have lower standards of living and cleanliness than we do in the US.
Once you give your child that shot, you can never go back.
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A. answers from Albuquerque on January 05, 2007
We only give our babies/kids one vaccine at a time. My husband is in healthcare and wants them eventually vaccinated b/c he is not sure what he'll be exposed to, but he also does not feel like tiny bodies need to have five vaccines at once.
You CAN participate in school and other activities if you choose not to. We submit an exemption form required by our state whenever asked for records.
As her parent, you get to decide what works for your family. I know families that do not vaccinate at all, those who spread them out and some who wait until their child is much older and they feel their systems are ready for it.
My oldest never had any reactions. My other child is a little more sensitive and would occasionally be in pain and get a hard lump and small fever and refuse to walk b/c of the pain. It can vary. Good luck and please do what feels right to you!
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S.J. answers from Phoenix on January 05, 2007
I have always been a firm believer of protecting your children at all costs. My children have gotten all their shots when needed at the same visit, and had only a slight fever some of the times it didn't happen with every shot visit. My fiance is also in health care and works for the hospital and has seen the not so good cases that come in.
Yes it is your choice, your children, your life, however you must use wisdom in making choices for your children since they know no better. You are your child's voice and first line of defense. What you do now will affect your child in the near future. You may very well be able to submit a form that excludes you legally from having to give your child vaccine shots, but at what cost to your child? Educate yourself first, your baby is young and you have time to get all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.
Find out about all the diseases and what they can do to your child's body if your child is exposed to it. And the quality of life it will leave your child with if ever exposed to any of those diseases. What you find will be hard to look at and take in but at least you will have the knowledge and be informed of what your decisions will cost you if you ultimately make the wrong choice.
As parents we are never perfect and make mistakes, I have made several in raising my kids on what works and doesn't for my kids, but i've also had to explain that mommy messed it up badly and now we have to work together to correct what ever it was that i messed up that time. As a new mom you want to protect your child and give them the best possible. In order to do that you need to educate yourself on the situation you find yourself in, it could be the very thing that saves you and your child's life one day.
Congrats on your new baby and good luck in what ever your decision will be on getting shots.
S. answers from Phoenix on January 04, 2007
I always vaccinated both my kids but with some hesitation. I would NOT rather have my child be autistic.
I did not get all the vaccinations lumped together- I spaced out the timeline- does that make sense? I stay at home with them so they were not going to be exposed to a daycare atmosphere and I don't think there is any good reason to lump vaccinations all together, except for convenience. So you have to make a couple extra trips.
Also one of the main things to look for is that they did not use thimerisol(mercury) as a preservitive. That is what they have linked to autism.
Also- wait to give vaccinations if your child is ill with a cold or something, it just wears their immune system down.
Best wishes and feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
L.B. answers from Tucson on January 05, 2007
I'm glad to see most mothers agree with me. I am currently in school to work in the healthcare field and we have already covered the dangers of not immunizing. Because of irresponsible, panic happy mothers we are soon to see a reoccurance of diseases that have been wiped out. It is totally ridiculous not to have your baby protected. I also get a kick out of mothers who don't immunize and try to make things as natural as possible, but as soon as their child does get sick they run to the emergency room looking for doctors to do anything to save their child. The risks of not immunizing far outweigh the risks of side effects (which are as minimal as possible.)
B.K. answers from Phoenix on January 05, 2007
First off, the main ingredient THOUGHT to trigger the autism (the jury is still out on that) was removed from vaccinations quite a few years ago.
Second, if you don't get your child vaccinated your child will not be able to participate in most organized activities. Not just school, but even dance lessons, swim lessons, etc. are requiring proof of immunization before you can even put them on a list to sign up.
And thirdly, the diseases these vaccinations are preventing are MOSTLY eradicated, but some are making a comeback!!!
A.B. answers from Phoenix on January 05, 2007
Vaccinations are so very important. You can tell your Dr. to split them up though. My daughters have never had more than two shots at a visit. You might have to take her to one or two more visits, but it's better because they are not getting so much at once. My doctor is excellent and this is what he does with all of his patients.
K.R. answers from Phoenix on January 05, 2007
There is no way that I would ever NOT vaccinate my daughter. I've heard and read both sides of the debate and came to my own educated decision. There have been no negative reactions and my daughter is in perfect health. In 1998 a British gastroenterologist by the name of Andrew Wakefield, along with several collegues, did a study to "prove" the link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This scared a lot of people, but the study was widely discredited among those in the medical field. A lot of people believed the study because autism shows up around the same time the vaccine is given. A couple of years ago the individuals that conducted the study admitted that there was no casual link between the vaccine and autism. The illnesses prevented are almost nonexistent because the majority of the public is vaccinated, however, if more people stop vaccinating, it's entirely possible for these illnesses to come back. Let's say your child's (non-vaccinated) schoolmate goes overseas, to a less than healthy country for vacation. Let's say that your (vaccinated) child has yet to get a certain vaccination. Let's say that the schoolmate returns to school with a disease contracted while overseas, a disease that couldn've been prevented had that child been vaccinated. Now that child is ill, and your child is at risk because her appt for said vaccine wasn't until next week. Ultimately, you have to make your own decision, but I highly recommend vaccinating your child.