Yes, everyone's favorite topic. Although some parents are indifferent about the topic (couldn't care either way what is going in to their children's bodies and just go along with whatever their pediatrician tells them), most parents feel strongly about the issue.
Let's start here, Quinn is vaccine-free.
And no, I am not planning on getting her vaccinated.
There are several reasons why I choose not to vaccinate my child. I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to side effects, theories, and (dare I break that ice) Autism controversies... I am apprehensive. But the entirety of my choice not to vaccinate is due to the fact that I wish for my child to live a very natural life.
Now, let me explain further.
The way that I see it is, I do not want my child to be pumped with dead viruses or anything that she is not going to come across naturally. I don't think that we need to be introducing these unnatural disease causers to children just in case they might come in contact with it in the future. To me, it's not worth the risk.
Before those of you pro-vaccination readers jump to the conclusion that I am either uneducated or just plain ignorant, let me reassure you that in addition to taking multiple microbiology, anatomy, health, human viruses, and diseases classes... I have been doing research on this issue for quiet some time. One of the most important things I've learned from my Grandmother is that you need to make sure you collect all sides of the story and know all of the facts before coming to your conclusion...I wanted to make sure that I knew as much information as I could before making my decision.
But the bottom line is that no matter if you are pro-vaccinations, anti, just a mother who loves her child, or the worlds leading virologist... when it comes to side effects and problems with vaccine shots, no one knows for sure.
Here's the problem:
Parents are taking their child to the pediatrician. Their doctor says they are due for a vaccine shot and without doing any research at all, or even knowing that they have a choice, the parents obey. I would be willing to bet that most parents don't even do research or know anything about the vaccination their child is getting.
When you look into it further, here is what I found most interesting/curious/disturbing...
"The incidence of autism, like that of learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune and neurological disorders, has risen dramatically in the U.S. and other technologically advanced countries, while high vaccination rates have caused the incidence of childhood infectious diseases to fall just as dramatically in these countries. Instead of epidemics of infectious disease, there are now epidemics of chronic disease." (source)
1.) Yes, I know that this website is pro-vaccinations. Side note: I don't like to read about vaccinations from websites that are against them because I find that the authors are too driven and often aggressive, so I like to read websites and articles by vaccination supporters so I can clearly judge my beliefs and realize how much I don't agree with them.
2.) I am not saying that I believe Autism is a direct result of vaccinations, but I do agree with the obvious... that while infectious diseases maybe be "under control" by vaccinations, there is no doubt that chronic diseases are at an all time high! And with Autism, for example... we see this sky rocket of Autism developing in children, the same age that are getting vaccinated... why do we not see adults becoming Autistic? There could very well be a link between vaccinations and chronic diseases, but that is all I am going to say about that because those arguments are just a minor detail in my reasoning.
Also, the reason we vaccinate our children is to prevent them from coming down with the disease. There are thousands and thousands of children getting vaccinated for measles, polio, rubella, etc., but the ratio from children coming down with these diseases to those that are vaccinated against them is ridiculous!
"In 2009, only 71 cases of measles, 3 cases of rubella, no cases of diphtheria, 18 cases of tetanus, and no wild-type polio were reported to CDC." (source) Why are we continuing to vaccinate so many children to prevent these diseases when obviously they are nearly eradicated.
Here is something else that I find disturbing.
While looking on the CDC website, I found the chart for recommended vaccinations for children 0-6 years old.
You can view it larger and read more about it (here).
I do have a huge problem with this. Over 30 shots in 6 years? Doctors are wanting to vaccinate babies in the hospital within minutes of birth... before they have even had their first meal. I just think that for me, it's more important to let my baby build their immune system before compromising it. And what a lot of parents are choosing to do now, is to get their child's shots one at a time instead of the 3 or 4 that they usually do. I do think this is way better than shocking their bodies with 4 different vaccines at one time, and if I ever did vaccinate my child that is how I would do it as well.
Those are just some of the reasons why I am against vaccinations, but ultimately I just want my daughter to be as healthy as possible and I trust her body naturally. Taking in to consideration the possibilities of chronic diseases and side effects, to me, it's just not worth the risk.
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