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First off, let me say that I am not against the concept of vaccinating my children against diseases that are deadly or dibilitaing. I also believe conceptually that if the diseases are no longer prevalent due to widespread vaccinations that they are serving their purpose and protecting the majority of us and our children, at least in theory. Let me also state that I have a 10-year-old that had her vaccinations on time with no side-effects or repricussions.

With that being said, I am certainly not arguing that there are not adverse reactions to the vaccinations themselves, or the combination of vaccines given, or the timing of them. I am, however, like the rest of you, finding it difficult to find unbiased info, most likely because it would be unethical to do studies that would give us the concrete facts that we need, so we are forced to rely on secondary info and opinions.

I now have a 2-month-old and have become aware that there is concern over the vaccinations and also the timing of them. So far, the only difference between the vaccinations my 10-year-old had and the first set my 2-month-old had is the Pneumococcal Conjugate (Prevnar?) that I was told was to prevent menengitis which children can die from (I've heard of cases in recent years where people have died). Apparently, this has been "mandatory" in the last 5 years, according to our pediatrician.

I am not oposed to vaccinating in general, so I am not looking to start an argument as to why I shouldn't vaccinate my DD (that's another thread that I have already read through it's entirety and acknowledge the points on both sides). I am, however, interested in info on what diseases are serious if contracted and have vaccinations available to prevent. I am also curious to hear from others who believe in vaccinating but differ as to WHEN to vaccinate - what is the ideal schedule you would suggest and why?

The new vaccination I have a hard time with is Chicken Pox (Varicella?). I think the majority of us have had chicken pox as children, and for the majority who get it, my understanding is that it's not deadly or dibilitating, just itchy, sometimes scarring, and a lot of missed school. As adults, I understand it is more serious. I don't understand why we would vaccinate against something that is not serious in the majority of cases, and if we vaccinate as children and it doesn't take, wouldn't it cause more problems since more adults would get it? Perhaps, I am missing something and need more education on the reason for this vaccination. Same thing with the flu, although I don't believe the flu shot is "required" as of now. It's not deadly or dibilitating in most cases that I am aware of.

I'm not against vaccinating my children, I just want to make sure I understand the why behind each vaccination and will pick and choose which ones I am willing to do and which ones I am not. So far, I am not convinced that the Chicken Pox vaccination is necessary and will opt not to do that one unless I hear compelling reasons why I should, nor will I do the flu shot.





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