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I was in the same boat. I had vaccinated my son for the first go round, then around four months, I had this ovewhelming fear of something going wrong and couldn't pin it down. I did some serious soul searching and chose not to vaccinate him. I did so much research that it wasn't even funny....two weeks straight, glued to the internet, trying to decide. I didn't have this problem with my first, I was ignorrant to the problem, some days I almost wish that was still true, because the choice is hard, almost impossible at times.
You need to do what you feel is right, but either choice is scary. I have fears all the time that I didn't do what was right, yet have this gut feeling, the other option would have proved deadly for my son. I plan on doing his vaccinations when he turns two and the brain is more protected from the vaccination. You can also track the batch number that the vaccine comes out of, not sure of the place that does it, but you can get the batch number from your pediatrician and have it checked. It will tell you if that batch had more than average problems....some comfort, but not much.
From what I understand about thimerosol, it's dangerous because it's got a cumulative effect, and also has a range of (this is just an idea, not an actual figure, as I don't remember it) 1 to 10 parts per million, lets say your baby gets all the shots from a batch on the high end, the body stores it and hasn't had a chance to brake any of it down, and your child has a tendancy toward a certain illness or has an allergic type reaction....viola, vaccine reaction.
I do believe you should speak to your pediatrician as long as they are open minded. Mine was awesome. She is pro-vaccine, but is pro-mom as well. She helped me do much of my research, never pushed, gave me all the facts that she knew on her end, which did include death, autism, seizure, etc....but also told me what the opposite could be. They both have their risks, but need to be weighed carefully. You'll also carry the extra burden of having to make sure your child has a great, strong, immune system and keep them out of places that are high risk for these types of diseases. Most will make it out just fine, either way you choose, but it's in your child's best interest to keep the immune system strong.
There are very few herbs I advocate using for children because of proven safety... it doesn't mean they're not safe, but no one dares test them and those that have used them don't speak out because of fear of ridicule. It makes it tough. You should get a pediatric herb book, research it and if you have any doubts and don't find the answer you're looking for, bypass it...better safe than sorry. I use acidophylus (sp?) and beta-glucan for my baby, occasionally echinacea...but skip the golden seal because of possible safety issues. With my 9 yr old I use olive leaf and oil of oregano in a gel cap when he's getting sick. But you need to research proper doses and be dilligent in where you get your herbs, brand name, etc. to make sure they are at a standardized dose, meaning, a certain level is maintained and doesn't fluctuate much, some flucuate terribly.
You'll find your answer, just keep looking, talk to his doc, if they're no help, find one who is at least open to speaking to you about it, without putting you down and go from there. Just as a precaution, I try to keep my son out of high traffic areas during busy times and take anti-bacterial wipes with me everywhere......especially the grocery cart....chicken pox, cold, flu, rota-virus, fifths disease, etc....some sound scary, they aren't that bad, just miserable. Good luck to you, you are not a bad mom, you're a typical mom.
You never know true fear until you have children!!! Welcome to motherhood.
My son had all his 2 month shots. DTP, HIB, Polio and PCV I think were the shots he was given. It's been such a long time since the shots were given, and I have a bunch of his stuff including his vaccination reconds in that box. The box is in a closet very high up and I can't get to it with out my hubby and right now is not the time to bring up to him to bring the box down and make him remember and relive a very bad time in our lives. We live with this everyday, as time has passed is has gottin easier to deal with. We spend our time taking care of the other kids and try to forget that horrible day, which btw is not very easy. My hubby never really spoke about the whole thing, He kind of keep to himself on the most part and dealt with me and trying to keep me from completely going off the deep end. To this day if I bring up my son and started speaking about him, DH will listen and not say anything, but the look on his face says a million words. The last time I had my DH bring the box down with all my sons stuff in it, he was really down for several days, he was very hard to cheer up. With this baby on the way, it is not the time to dredge up bad memories, if you know what I mean.

Nyxin, this is the hardest choice to make. Only YOU and your DH can make the choice to vaccinate or not.

All I can tell you, is go with what your heart and gut feeling tells you. I personally wish I would have listened to mine 10 yrs ago. Don't get me wrong, I never had a bad feeling or bad gut feeling about vaccinating my daughter, like I did with my son. But for me and DH we just can't go though that again. That is our choice and noone can make the decision for us. You can get all the advice and opinions you want, but when it come right down to it, It is your choice, and a tough one at that.

I don't vaccinate my kids, but I get alot of crap from people who believe that I should. Which make my decision even harder at times. I have people and Dr.'s on my butt all the time, saying "you should vaccinate your kids... you are going to harm your kids if you don't... what happens if they get this or that all b/c you don't vaccinate?, you could be preventing that...you are a bad parent...you don't deserve to have children if you don't take care of them with vaccinations!" and things like that I hear all the time from people who know we dont vaccinate. This is one of the toughest decisions we (dh and I)have to make, and I have to hold my ground and listen to that stuff. I have gottin to a point were I don't tell people (in person) that we don't vaccinate, I don't need any more people on my butt about it. Be prepared IF you decide not to vaccinate, you will more then likely hear from alot of people who believe that you should and they will do everything they can including make you feel guilty and a bad parent for the choice you make. I have never dealt with a person that didn't vaccinate there kids or at least didn't admit that they didn't vaccinate.

Good luck with what ever you choose. I hope what ever decision you choose works out great for you and your child/ren.





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