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Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

How do vaccines work? Are they safe, or could they make my baby sick? Are there side effects? And, is the risk worth it -- should I get my baby vaccinated?

Re: How do vaccines work? Are they safe, or could they make my baby sick? Are there side effects? And, is the risk worth it -- should I get my baby vaccinated?

The Bump Expert

I firmly believe in vaccines. In my pediatric lifetime, I’ve seen a lot of diseases disappear. We’re a victim of our own success, in that since we don’t see these diseases anymore, parents forget how nasty they were. People used to line up around the block for vaccines! Vaccines are incredibly safe, and the diseases they protect against (polio, hepatitis, pneumococcal, meningitis, whooping cough, etc.) are incredibly dangerous. In the over twenty years I’ve been practicing, I haven’t seen one child damaged by a vaccine… but I do remember many damaged by the diseases.

Vaccines work by tricking the body into thinking it has the disease. The immune system then reacts, trying to prevent what it thinks is a disease. This is why baby may get a little uncomfortable -- it means the immune system is working! You cannot get the actual disease from the vaccination, and they’ve become much safer over the years. Vaccine technology in general is very advanced, and vaccines can be very pure and specific and cause far fewer side effects than in the past. And, they’re rigorously tested before being released, and must meet very strict safety standards.

In terms of risk… there’s a risk to life in general. There’s a risk to everything. But the risk of the disease is far far greater than the risk of the vaccine, no matter how rare the disease may be. The most common side effect is nothing. Sometimes uncomfortable side effects do appear, though, and the most frequent are local irritation, local bumps or redness, fussiness, low grade fever and (this one’s usually acceptable) sleepiness.

Dr. Vicki Papadeas

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I don't think this thread is neutral in opinion. It's absolutely pro-vaccine (I do support some vaccines and don't think it warns of the negatives). NO doctor who has experience should ever say "vaccines are incredibly safe". If that were the case, there wouldn't be a vaccine compensation program estabilished by the Gov't that has paid out more than 1 BILLION in damages over the last decade (only for more serious side effects). Getting a fever and swelling/ redness might be a common side effect but it is not "normal".

121005bride |

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i'm weighing in. we're not vaxing right now at all. i simply don't think it's worth the risk. there is no good reason mercury should still be in any vaccines, and yet it is. that's just one of the many issues i take with vaccines...others include the fact that the CDC pushes vaxes that next to nothing is known about onto programs for the poor (the newest example of this is gardasil)--looks an awful lot like the gov't is getting some free guinea pigs to me.

readytobedone |

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I agree with both sides, we are only vaxing for a few things but not everything as some of the vax's don't seem right to our famnily and others do!

farvesgirl4 |

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I dont think newborn infants should be vaccinated at an early age. They are too young and they are still developing so much. With that being said, I at least think a alternative schedule should be used by parents. Dont start until at least 6 months of age and only do one at a time. This reduces the risk of complications. Also, not all vaccinations are needed. Right now we are not vaccinating at all. Perhaps when my son is older we will think about it more.

ekmaurer3 |

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My pediatrician told me mercury has been removed from all vaccines. If that is truly the case, we will likely vaccinate. But we are NOT having the hep B shot at the hospital, as is typical. We will wait and do it sometime during the first two months.

RunAway |

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I'll weigh in, too. At the least, we'll be vaxing on a delayed schedule and not using any vaccine cocktails (ie, MMR). Every shot will be separate.BUT...I'm really leaning toward not vaxing at all. I have been doing so much reading the last few weeks, and I'm afraid that the research doesn't support the "I haven't seen a child damaged by a vaccine" assertion the doctor makes above.What really concerns me are the ingredients in these vaccines...thimerosal (mercury) is still in some vaccines, though thankfully not as many, aluminum, the main ingredient in anti-freeze, and some vaccines have been cultured originally using human diploid cells (aborted fetuses), etc.For a very informative read on vaccines, check out Dr. Jennifer Cave's "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Vaccines." I got my copy on Amazon. I have since also gotten a book on natural immunity builders for children that shed some further light on the issue.DH and I just feel that since hygiene and better treatment were leading to the decline of these diseases when the vaccines came on the market (polio now is ONLY caused by the vaccine) that at the least, we have to delay and separate vaccines, and will likely be using the conscientious objection that the state of Texas allows us. I really do encourage any skeptical parent to take a look and do the research. If you choose to vaccinate, I believe whole heartedly that does NOT make you a bad parent, nor does choosing not to vaccinate make you a bad parent. Every family has to inform themselves and do what's right for them. Information is key.

baylorbride527 |

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Wow, I'm not letting my baby play with any of your kids! Since everybody seems to be trashing Dr. Papadeas, I'll put in my two-cents' worth. Mass vaccination brings about what's known as "herd immunity", so any weakness in the immunity of the population at large brings about those outbreaks of childhood diseases that caused so much infant mortality in our grandparent's day. People today totally forget the infant mortality caused by infectious disease in the prevaccine era - not to mention the ongoing struggle in developing countries today, where they must consider it ludicrous that people in affluent countries have this sort of debate. Do you really want to wait until your baby lands in an ICU for a complication from the measles/flu/chicken pox/etc. because you and your neighbors refused to vaccinate the kids? Do you want to put your unborn baby at risk of birth defects or death because your assorted friends refused the MMR and a rubella outbreak occurred? No, the medical establishment isn't making a bundle by peddling vaccines - childhood vaccines are cost-effective to society by preventing needless hospitalizations of both kids as well as the elderly (as in the case of the pneumonia vaccine). It annoys me when supposedly educated people in affluent countries rely more on anecdotal evidence than epidemiologic data to defame one of the great medical successes of our lifetimes. People who refuse to vaccinate their kids are public health menaces. There, I've said it.

quooz |

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I agree with Dr. P on this issue. I feel that vaccines are much safer than the diseases that we are potecting aginst. Im not saying that vaccines are perfectly safe, because nothing much in life is, but I feel that they are much safer than the life threatning disease that we are protecting against. Many of these disease vaccines are protect aginst, people dont see anymore, so we ALL forget how terrible they are. In working in the medical feild I have actually see children with some of the disease we vaccinate children for, in under vaccinated children. When I saw a young 2 month old with pertussis, I knew that was something I would never want my children to go threw. Just because we dont daily see these diseases doesnt mean they are gone. I do believe it is a parents choice in what they do for their children, but also know not vaccinating children put them at risk too.

Davelacey2k5 |

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yes

ate01 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

Quooz's quote, "Wow, I'm not letting my baby play with any of your kids" needed to be processed a little more before thrown out there. If your child is immunized from Rubella and my child gets Rubella from not being immunized....then, if your logic is correct and the vaccines work like they should, you should have no fear that your child could contract Rubella. Your child should be immune. No worries.

TiffanyA83 |

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Vaccines are problematic. My husband and I will be making sure that our baby gets his/her vaccines. I was a little hesitant because of all of the bad press that they have been getting, until the outbreak of whooping cough in our area last summer. My husband is a medical practitioner and he got to deal with it. A lot of the things that we vaccinate against have become almost nonexist BECAUSE of the mass vaccinations... Now that people are avoiding some of these vaccines, some of these scary illnesses are starting to come back into prevalence. There is no research indicating that vaccines play any role in autism, etc. Unfortunately, there is research indicating that not vaccinating can be very hazardous to your child and others around him. I am not trashing anyone that would make the decision not to vaccinate, just sharing my opinions...after all, we are all entitled to decide what is best for our child! :-)

msklimek1 |

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I can tell you that I do not plan on vaccinating my children with any shot j do not deem an absolute life saver. I work in a drs office and I amwell kept on the current and ongoing issues with childhood vaccines. I have articles I've read proving that not only have their been babies who have claimed a serious illness DUE to the vaccines they were given but in some cases even death has occurred. And as for the school systems, let me make a note here to anti-vaccine parents; even as your child ages and their first years of school creep up on you, some schools/ states/ cities/ counties require your child have certain vaccines. If they do not, they cannot attend a public school. If you refuse to let your child have their vaccines, look into your sates guidelines. You can have a religious reason, a health reason, and in some states a philosophical reason that you don't want your child to have them. My boss had a letter typed up with his attorney stating his philosophical reasons for not giving his girls the vaccines they required to attend school. By my states law, they cannot be refused entry into their school. And just so it's known, just because child does not have a certain vaccine and yours does shouldn't me a scare to you with children who do have the vaccine. If you are so pro-vaccines, then you would have faith that those vaccines would do their job and protect your child. Those without should be of no theat to you.

ravenblue83 |

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It makes me sad to hear so many parents risking their childeren's health and the health of other childeren. On the surface the arguement that "...if your logic is correct and the vaccines work like they should, you should have no fear that your child could contract Rubella. Your child should be immune. No worries." seems to work, however what about the childeren who cannot receive the vaccines due to age or because of health conditions that make them too weak to receive immunizations? Your unimmunized child could possibly infect these childeren. My sister contracted whooping cough as a 6 week old infant (too young to be vaccinted) and was hospitalized and then had to be on oxygen at home for some time. Luckily she was strong and ended up fine but my mom still remembers how scarry and difficult this was. I vaccinated my older son and 9 years later I can't even remember any concerns or side effects that these caused. I do know that he has been incredibly healthy and misses very little school due to illness. I have also started the vacicnations for my now two month old and other than a little fussiness again there seems to be no down side. It seems to me that the people that are not vaccinating their childeren are counting on everyone else to vaccinate theirs to keep these horrible diseases from becoming common place again. The word that comes to mind is hubris.

jeanbanks |

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I was very against vaccines, you think all those disease are gone, but they are not. somthing just made me have my son get the shot at the last minute, and thankfully I did bc my niece just had whooping cough!!!

tray8897 |

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as a school nurse i feel vaccines are very important look at the swine flu issue that is going on due to the public's lack of immunity. autism is present at infancy, parents just overlook the signs.

mommy1preg#2 |

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Really good book. "The Vaccine Book" by Robert W. Sears. Goes into all the details about each vaccine, how serious the disease is, how the vaccine is made and what the ingredients are. I am going to vacate my newborn but will split them up so she doesn't get like 5 in one day.

babyamelie2009 |

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I can tell you that I was hesitatant at first to get my son vacicnated, until I did some serious research. There is absolutely NO correlation between vacinations and autism (which I know people are scared of). The reason that children get fevers, redness etc is because their bodies are not used to it and/or because they are allergic to the medication being given, which is also the reason why an adult may feel slightly under the weather after getting a shot. Could things happen? Absolutely... but it is not a common thing. If even 1 thing happens to a child, they have to report it. I was THE MOST skeptical person when it came to vaccines, so I can tell you I asked the same things you did. Polio isn't a shot, it is an oral vaccination. I have a family friend who never got his polio vaccination and he has polio now. Seeing how he is living..... I just couldn't not get my child vaccinated.

TinyTiela |

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Of course vaccines are safe for baby. The benefits far outweigh the risks. My LO has just had hers - the side effects experienced so far are mild (low grade fever, local bumps, and fussiness). I found the following to be of use when looking out for side effects after her shots: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm. I also had a booster shot to prevent against whooping cough. DH will be getting his shot done tomorrow.

Chilz08 |

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one thing that everyone is failing to mention is that the vaccines do not prevent you from getting the illness. they supposedly boost your immune system if you happen to contract it. so getting the vaccine is only meant to protect you not those around you who are not vaccinated. so an individual who chooses not to get the vaccine for personal reasons should not cause offense or harm to those who are for the vaccine. case in point my cousin was vaccinated for the H1N1 virus and 4 days later contracted H1N1. My father every year gets the flu shot and it never fails but every year he gets the flu bug. so how does an individual receiving the vaccination protect those around him or her? answer. it doesn't. last point, there is no test out there that has been conducted to reveal whether or not the H1N1 vaccine has long term harmful affects since it is a new vaccine.

theroosterjackson |

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I think one argument here is competely off base. If you think an unvaccinated child is the only child that could carry the disease and infect other childred you are way off base. Just because a child is vaccinated does not mean it still cannot carry the germs and spread to other children, it just means they will not contract the disease itself. Your vaccinated child could just as easily pass along the germs. So that augument to me does not have two legs to stand on. Unvaccinated children are no more a risk to other children than vaccinated children. And to judge a parent for their choice of not vaccinating is just mean spirited. every parent has their right to choose how to raise their child. Parents who do not vaccinate have done lots of research and feel that their choice is the best and safest for their child. There are pros and cons to both sides you have to decide which works best for you.

kyla1346 |

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The fact is that vaccination does NOT stop you from carrying bacteria or viruses in your nose, in your throat, in your intestines, in your airway, on your skin, or in your body. But many do not understand the significance of this fact, and have been made to believe that if you’re vaccinated, you won’t carry viruses, and therefore, others will be protected because you’re vaccinated.

kyla1346 |

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A lot of the hysteria surrounding the safety of vaccinations is based on this bogus "study" (based on 12 children) that was retracted: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100202/ts_afp/healthdiseasevaccinationautism

dmr1977 |

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One question. Has anyone here looked back at their own immunization records?? I did When I was vaccinated they DID NOT group the MMR shot together which is one of the most widely feared shots because the combination has been causing many problems (brain swelling included, which has also been linked to late onset autism. No not all children with autism are 'born' that way but overlooked) I personally plan on fighting to have my child's vaccines separated and am making sure they are Mercury free. Though from what I have been hearing this may be hard. Some companies have been going back to adding Mercury to the shots even though it has been found to be harmful. Some have also stopped separating the combination shots so they may be harder to find. Personally I would rather be safe than sorry I plan on getting my child vaccinated but in a reasonable amount of time like I was when I was being vaccinated. The only advice I can give is to do your research before just blindly following the vaccination schedule I have met too many parents whose lives changed after vaccinations.

Ninety8prcntangl |

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i had my daughter vaccinated when she was a baby and she turned out fine and i also plan on doing it for my next baby as well. she does not get sick very often and i thank all the people that helped create the vaccines that prevent her from getting the worst of whatever is out there that she can catch and make her sick. no one wants a sick baby, its stressful for the baby and the mom in the end.

snowwhite428 |

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Please read Make and Informed Vaccine Decision by Dr. Eisenstein. You can preview it on Amazon. It will give you all of the facts, good and bad. Autism is not the only thing parents should be worried about. There are many other links between vaccines and diseases.

caltman |

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I vaccinated my daughter. She had Hep B vaccine in the hospital, her 2 month and four month shots and she is a healthy active 5 month old. The doctor that said vaccines cause austism just said he was paid to say it and it isn't true. Which would you rather have, a child that is not able to go to school and have a very good chance of getting one of these serious diseases and have a very good chance of having something very bad happen to them, like happened to our parents, grandparents or their family and friends because there was no vaccination against these diseases back then, or they were in the testing stages. Or would you rather have a healthy active child? It is your choice. But please read up on the diseases, what they cause and then look up the side effects of the vaccines then ask your child's doctor what the side effects are, if they are a real doctor they will tell you the truth. My daughter's doctor gives me information on each of the vaccines and the side effects. They are not that bad especially with the side effects of the dieseases. Polio for instead back in the 40's, 50's and 60's when people got the disease they would not be able to walk and would have to use iron lungs to breath.

nicole198030 |

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I'm firmly against certain vaccinations, especially having upwards of 8 done at once. I don't like the fact that in the state I live in, I don't have a choice in what my child gets and a choice in the fact of that they all have to do done together. I had NO intentions on giving my child 4 (yes 4) hepB vaccinations. 3 polio vaccinations, a chicken pox vaccination....etc. My daughter is stuck getting 4 hepB shots, 4 DTaps, 4 PCV shots, 4 hib shots, 3 polio shots, 3 RV shots, 2 flu shots 6 months apart, and the chicken pox and hepA shots. Majorly OVERBOARD if you ask me. You bet your rear that if my child ends up with issues from all these, I'll be suing the state and the doctors. It should be our choices as parents, not a decision of the state

ostinett85 |

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My 2 month old Dr. is very active in the autism group in Kansas City because his oldest son has autism! He vaccinated his 2 younger children the same as the older son and they are fine! So this coming Friday we are going for round one of his shots! If you don't trust you medical professional to keep your child well, who do you trust when he is sick?

morash02 |

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I appreciate the moms speaking up for vaccines. A lot of people on this site don't seem to understand the overwhelming medical evidence for the safety of vaccines. The chances of an adverse event are miniscule compared to your child dying from measles, whooping cough, or another preventable disease. If you don't want to believe it, that's fine, but you're putting other children at risk - infants under 6 months can't get vaccinated for certain diseases, so your unvaccinated child could get other people's babies sick. It's not an opinion, we're talking life and death. If you don't vaccinate your kid, please keep him/her away from other children.

mikeanddara |

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Most certainly NOT vaxing. That is MY decision and I believe it is the smartest as well as the safest. We're told not to drink alcohol during pregnancy and breastfeeding, yet doctors push vaccines that have ingredients that are SICKENING. My child will never have anything forced into her body that has cell lines from ABORTED FETAL TISSUE in it (not crazy talk--CDC confirms this). Mercury, though scary, is the least of my worries. People are controlled by fear and bullying doctors. At least be completely informed before making a decision (or judging those who choose NOT to vaccinate). I also do not believe that the people controlling this trillion dollar industry are going to have my child's best interest in mind. I believe I'm erring on the side of caution just as those who choose to vaccinate believe they are doing. More power to you. I'm not risking it.

JWLAFLtower |

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People who don't vaccinate are crazy! Not "vaxing" your child is a new trend that has been spreading lately and it's sickening. People think that they've done so much research, blah blah blah. Well when these diseases start becoming prevalent again because of you all, I'm glad that my kid is vaccinated, and you'll wish that you had the courage to watch your baby get shots. And what's all this talk about my vaccinated child having germs and spreading a disease? At least they are not contracting the disease and dying like what would happen with your child! Seriously, we're talking about life and death, choose life!

bastephens05 |

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I am def NOT vaccinating my daughter. I dare anyone to go get the DVD "Are Vaccines Safe?" by Mary Tocco, watch it, and tell me they still want to vaccinate their child. This lady has been studying vaccines for 20 years and has more information than I knew was out there. Vaccines are a billion dollar business that the government scares parents into. I think more mothers need to do their research and find out exactly what are in these shots that are going into our babies. It will appall you.

kroehrig418 |

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I heard, and I apologize for not having any websites,etc proof, that shots and vaccines are suggestion to be given to your baby immediately after birth, because there are too many mothers who never return their baby for vaccines later on after the delivery day. Because of that, the Doctors would rather have the baby loaded with their necessary vaccines and shots, sooner then never. For parents who will commit to researching each vaccine and shot and properly schedule their appointments later in the baby (or toddler or even older) allowing only vaccines/shots that you trust, I believe the "immediate" vaccinations and shots at birth are VERY much NOT necessary. Be smart with protecting your baby's little immune system... don't amp it up with unnatural, chemical-filled vaccines, rather keep the baby's environment clean (if it means you stay home during the "flu" season... only leave your home occassionally). Be a proactive mother. It's hard to truly assume children that have diagnosis are linked to early vaccinations, but understand the human body and pursue a balanced, healthy lifestyle. We can only do our best to proactively protect our babies!!

LauraCasoni |

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I am about to be a first time mom. I will be vaccinating, but will probably unbundle the MMR and only do necessary vaccines, not sold on the flu shot. I do think that at times we over vaccinate, but we have to remember that the side effects of some of the diseases are far worse than the vaccine. I dont know what I am going to do about the hep b in the hospital, a few day old baby seems young to give a vaccine to. I am also a special education teacher teaching mostly children with autism. There is absolutely no correlation between vaccines and autism. The study that was published was bogus- he used children already diagnosed. Also autism is on the rise at the same rate world wide-even where there is no vaccines, so how can it be the vaccines causing the autism They have also determined that there is a genetic factor in autism. If you dont want to vaccinate that is your choice, but dont do it for fear of autism.

baby kilpatrick |

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Unless you are a doctor you shouldn't give others medical advice. Doctors go to college for many years to be qualified to do this and reading an Internet article about the dangers of vaccines does not make you more of an expert than a doctor. If you feel you are more intelligent about health care than your doctor why do you go to one at all?

preggarstasha |

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Great, so now my kids are in danger of contracting these diseases because there are mothers out there who believe junk science over factual, proven data accepted by the scientific community. Thanks A Lot.

drh0818 |

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TiffanyA83, I think you missed quooz's point. I choose to vaccinate my children but have friends that chose not to vaccinate theirs. It was EXTREMELY hard to let them bring their kids over when they met my newborn child knowing that my baby was not old enough to be vacccinated fully and was at greater risk for contracting a deadly disease. I love that we live in a country where parents can chose to do for their child what they deem appropriate, it does however upset me that my child can be put at a greater risk for contracting a deadly disease because of "Junk science" and those who chose not to immunize. My choice to immunize does not effect your children, but your choice not to could potentially effect mine......

rwollert |

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* affect, my phone sucks. And vaccines are not a money maker for the government. Vaccines are offered for free or at a very low cost ($5 per shot in Texas through the state). Sorry Mary Tocco fans, looks like she got that billion dollar industry "Fact" wrong.

rwollert |

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I fully believe that every parent has the right to make an informed decision about being pro- or anti-vaccination. Just please, afford me the same courtesy whichever decision I may make. Respect my parenting decisions as I would for any other parent out there.

tnighman |

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Going to have to agree with rwollert & quooz. You choosing not to vaccinate your children wouldn't bother me if it wouldn't affect children who are too young to be vaccinated.

chelsealf |

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I have to disagree with Dr. P. While the older vaccines may be safe, due to them being fine tuned over the years, the newer ones are not. Varivax, for chickenpox is a live virus. During the clinical trials, many children ended up with shingles. Shingles is VERY painful and will reoccur for the rest of the child's life. Gardisil is also VERY dangerous. Just do google searches on the vaccine accidents. I have a child that will now suffer from shingles for the rest of his life. Chickenpox did not need to be eradicated. IT was not a disease that killed. If someone died from chicken pox that means it was opportunistic and the child had other diseases that made the immune system bad to begin with. Ultimately, you need to research each vaccine. I am a firm believer that vaccines cause Autism. Until the medical world can effectively tell me what causes Autism, they can't say vaccines don't cause/trigger it. We all have 2 things in common. We eat and we vaccinate. So, if it isn't the foods we eat causing Autism, what is it?

nikalina |

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In regards to Sofia, you "think" they're safe, you "heard" its from the pregnant woman's lifestyle. If you would like to say some mother's aren't concerned about their children's health, same could be said about you for not doing any research on the topic, and only stopping at what you're told. I'm 3 months shy of having my first baby and I am not vaccinating her. I have done research for months, years and I feel this is the best option for her, for my family. This is a decision I've made that I feel will protect her from all the adverse reactions from the vaccines that don't even particularly protect you from the diseases you're vaccinating against. Am I calling you a bad parent for vaccinating your child? No. I just wish everyone, whatever side they choose, would do their research. My decisions don't make me a bad parent, I'm an informed parent. One of the biggest arguments made by pro-vaxers is claiming the vaccines eradicated the diseases. I don't know how they would explain the diagram below. It's the same chart across the board for every disease. Vaccines are expecting credit where it's definitely not due. http://www.naturalhealthysupplements.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Vaccine-disease-decline.png

hicourtneyy |

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There is a lot of information on the internet that may not be research-based that can effect your decision-making process in either direction. Here are a couple of research-based websites to check out for more reliable information that were recommended to me and I found to be helpful: AAP.org (American Academy of Pediatrics) CDC.gov (Center for Disease Control) familydoctor.org (American Academy of Family Physicians) Here is some info I found on the AAP.org website about mercury levels and anti-freeze which was mentioned by someone else. Q. Do vaccines contain antifreeze? A: No. Antifreeze is typically made of ethylene glycol, which is unsafe. Polyethylene glycol (a chemical used in antifreeze and personal care products like skin creams and toothpaste) is used in vaccines and is safe. It is used to inactivate the influenza virus in some influenza vaccines. It is also used to purify other vaccines. Q. Do vaccines contain mercury? A: Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, was removed from most childhood vaccines in 2001. It is still present in some influenza vaccines. Thimerosal is still used in the manufacture of some vaccines to prevent contamination. The thimerosal is removed at the end of the manufacturing process. In some cases, a tiny amount of thimerosal remains. The remaining amount is so small, that it is not possible for it to have any effect. Valid scientific studies have shown there is no link between thimerosal and autism. In fact, autism rates have actually increased since thimerosal was removed from childhood vaccines. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), the CDC, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) agree that science does not support a link between thimerosal in vaccines and autism. For the IOM report, go to http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3793/4705/4717.aspx.

amanda0172 |

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I find myself getting so frustrated over what is being said that I can't even find the appropriate words to use. Vaccines have helped us so much. Think of it this way, if your parents and grandparents didn't vaccinate, a percentage of you wouldn't be here able to have babies of your own. And if you don't want to vaccinate, then donate them to third world countries who desperately want and need vaccines.

Gusgus249 |

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how about homeopathic vaccines? They will give you coverage but without the side effects that traditional vaccines could give you. Look at the research from Dr. Isaac Golden of Australia.

xtinatb |

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I will be vaccinating my children because I've seen first hand what not vaccinating children does to them. My sister in law chose not to vaccinate her kids and her 14 month old caught Pertussis. That little boy has been through hell and back with that. And then the older one is sick constantly. I understand parents being worried about vaccines, heck I worry over everything I put in my body while pregnant. But my sister in law is the reason her children have suffered so much. She could have prevented it by having them vaccinated. And the only reason she decided against vaccines is because she 'heard' vaccines cause Autism. And now because of her stupidity her kids are sick constantly. It's just a shame. I work in a hospital and see adults and children who have either made poor decisions about their health or made them for their children and it's beyond frustrating. Just the other day we had a lady who was 8 months pregnant come in with a severe case of H1N1. What can the doctors do for her? Not much. And all because she turned down the flu shot her employer offered her for free. That's the very reason doctors beg their pregnant patients to get it in the first place. Because pregnant women are so much more susceptible to the virus and if they do get it there's not a lot doctors can do for them making it potentially deadly to mother and baby. Hindsight is always 20/20 but for those of you who chose not to vaccinate just ask yourself if you are going to be ok with watching your child get one of these horrible diseases knowing that you could have prevented it. I'm truly not trying to preach but it's something to think about.

LWilson82 |

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I recently watched a great documentary that was recently released. It is called "The Greater Good" it shows in my opinion a balanced view from both sides. Featuring interview w/Dr.Sears etc. Also shares personal vaccine stories of 3 families, I strongly recommend seeing this movie.

Modernista82 |

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I will probably take a hit for saying this, but in all honesty, I cannot believe there are parents out there in this day and age that are not vaccinating their children. To me, it seems extremely irresponsible. We opted not to give my son his hep B shot at the hospital because we did not see the need at that moment, but we do plan on having him get it at his 2 month check up, along with all the other vaccines our ped recommends. To each his own but in my opinion, not vaccinating is extremely dangerous.

mbunches21 |

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After much research we went with not vaxing our baby girl. I don't think that I'm a bad parent because I went against the norm and didn't listen to what governmental agencies say I should do with my child. Here are break downs of the chemicals they put in them http://www.vaccinationnews.com/dailynews/may2001/whatsinvax.htm. How about the next time you take your baby to get their shots ask your doctor to show you (show you NOT tell you) the package insert from the vax that indicates whats in it and you can read for yourself. If they don't show you maybe think about getting another doctor. I never give my child anything I wouldn't give to myself. Thankful my child will be able to play right beside your fully vaxed child and you will never know.

sleekside |

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Quooz - if you are vaccinating your babies and feel that that is the number one way to safeguard them from disease, what would it ,matter if they played with other unvaccinated babies? It seems that you aren't believing that they will fully protect your baby. Dawn

dawnandthom |

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I completely agree with amanda0172! I'm a high school English teacher and teach my students the criteria to determine whether an online source is credible before they write a big research paper. I've done a ton of research on this topic and I have found a lot of sources detailing the dangers of vaccines.. but none of them match the "reputable course" criteria I expect my 10th graders to know. At the end the day, my husband and I have decided to vaccinate because we can't find proof of any vaccine related deaths but we can certainly find proof of children dying from the diseases the vaccines protect against. To those arguing that vaccines don't always protect against the diseases, you are correct. No vaccine can protect against disease 100% of the time but you are MAJORLY reducing your child's risk of getting the disease by vaccinating. To those arguing against vaccinating children so young, be aware that your little baby is most vulnerable at catching these diseases and developing complications from them when she is very young. I think the concept of not vaccinating is just a fad and I hope that as more research is done to prove the safety this very dangerous fad will die out!

mvmierzw |

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I can't believe how many of you go against medical advice. Why see a doctor at all? Idiotic.

virginiaclairefry |

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I am leaning towards not vaccinating however my question to parents who also chose not to vaccinate is who or how did your child see dr. wise if they are refusing to see unvaccinated children?

BELISA78 |

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Weather u are for or against. The cdc has a list up on their website of the ones children/infants should have by age 6. I'm pretty sure most of them are for MAJOR sicknesses. its not that many, a lot are repeats. You can space them how you want as well bc its ur kid. If the doc won't let u. Go to another one. I just gor my babys 1st round. All at once. he got sick so at next apt. I'm gonna only get 2 then in 2 weeks other 2

IvyRose LMT |

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We are delaying all vaccines, at least until the blood brain barrier is in place (around 2 years). I don't want to inject my baby with all that nasty stuff in such large doses. She's breastfed and doesn't go to daycare so her immune system will develop just fine. Although there's no proven link between autism and vaccines, more research needs to be done on ALL the vaccines in ALL the combinations they're given; our lifestyles now are so overburdened with unnecessary chemicals (vax related and environmental/dietary), why start that out at such a young age? I read The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears, as well as other things, and feel I am making a well-informed decision.

Danielle Cole |

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Some one above wrote: "Unless you are a doctor you shouldn't give others medical advice. Doctors go to college for many years to be qualified to do this and reading an Internet article about the dangers of vaccines does not make you more of an expert than a doctor. If you feel you are more intelligent about health care than your doctor why do you go to one at all?" The problem with your answer is that is does not address the fact that we have Malthusian Fabisn socialist central bankers intentionally working to reduce population numbers and also create a docile population. They do this through the manipulation of food, medicines, and water. As far out as it sounds, this is what is actually happening. Trust in the system means trust in central bankers who have total control of the system through their creation of infinite fiat money, and they do not have your best interests in mind.

lunacholla |

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After reading all these posts the non-'vaxers' seem more fanatical and the people choosing to get the vaccine seem more logical. I'd say to be sure youre getting the best information talk to your doctor, talk to your obgyn and pediatrician, ask them what they choose for their children. My sister in-law is a doctor and I trust her medical opinion with my life, we had a drawn out discussion about the pros and cons and she advised me to vaccinate, that's the choice she would make for her own children. My mother was vaccinated, I was vaccinated, my husband was vaccinated, my husbands aunt lived in south america and was not vaccinated for polio and her legs are petminately crippled. I am going to put my faith in doctors who are medical experts in the field and personally care about my families health, I'm going to vaccinate... But I am going to ask about mercury and what options I have and I am going to try to space them out/ delay them as much as my pediatrician deems healthy. As for vaccinations being a government ruse to get rich HAHA!! That makes a whole lotta sense... NOT! The government and pharmaceutical companies would make a lot more treating sick children than giving them one vaccination.

Kelley441 |

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Well then here is a logical answer from a fanatical non vaxer. I am not vaccinating my child and was not vaccinated myself and I am choosing to not vaccinate because I am the healthiest person I know and I attribute it partly to my parents making the right choice and not putting all the crap that comes in a vaccine into my body. It is unhealthy and just wrong to take a new child and put harmful things into their little helpless body. Not to mention they have been found to cause cancer and autism just to name a few major medical complications that come with vaccinating. To the people who think they are doing something good for their child let me be the first to say YOU ARE WRONG!

Zmael23 |

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Here we have another great example of a pro-vaccine propaganda article preying on pregnant women from a "trusted" source. I believe vaccines are a tool to dumb us down and reduce the population. You can do your own research and make your own conclusions. But I urge you new parents before you let someone start injecting your precious baby with foreign substances (AND THEY'LL DO THIS SHORTLY AFTER BIRTH WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION IN THE HOSPITAL UNLESS YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND MAKE SURE YOUR WISHES ARE KNOWN) you need to read the book "Educate Before You Vaccinate" by Dr. Mayer Eisenstein (you can visit his website which is www . homefirst . com) Vaccines ARE NOT THE LAW. Don't let anyone bully you, force you, guilt you or convince you otherwise.

rainbowjewels |

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We are vaccinating our 6 month old son. It was a tough decision and my husband and I did a ton of research before coming to our final conclusion. At first we were dead set against vaccinating. BUT, the recent whooping cough outbreaks (which have been prevalent where we live) are quite scary. The risks are very low with the current vaccines and for us it was the right choice. It scares me that so many are choosing not to vaccinate at all. The statistics are widely available about how certain, very serious diseases (ahem - whooping cough) are on the rise and I find that to be a much higher risk than the vaccines. My son has had no ill side effects from the vaccines thus far. The worst is seeing him cry each time. But, I know my mom had us vaccinated and I do not fault her for it and I won't fault myself for the decision we made. My son was born in February and we were so scared each time we took him to the pediatrician for his well baby visits because they were dealing with a local whooping cough outbreak. Even though they have seperate waiting rooms - there was a boy in the sick waiting room who cleary had whooping cough and was SO pale and SO sick. That reinforced we had made the right decision to vaccinate.

JGardella |

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I wanted to add that I agree with another person who posted earlier that it seems not vaccinating is a fad - albeit a dangerous one.

JGardella |

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I agree that not vaccinating feels like one of those "fads" that parents are a part of. I believe having some sort of "rash" or fever could be a "normal" symptom because that's how the body reacts to foreign substances. A low-grade fever is the immune system at work, recognizing the vaccine and incorporating it into the body. I am not going to put my son at risk to have polio, whooping cough, etc. because I am worried about a tiny fever or rash that will go away in a day or two. The diseases associated with the vaccines are WAY worse than the potential side effects. In addition, the "BILLION" in payouts from the government over the last DECADE is really not that much money. If it were yearly, then I would have some concern. Break it down: $100 million a year. That could be 6 people with the way courts award money for medical mistakes. What is important to remember is that we are not the medical professionals. If you carefully select the doctor you entrust your child to and they recommend a vaccine, you should check your pride at the door- ignorance is not bliss when protecting your baby.

Nettersaurus |

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I am quite amused by this debate. I almost feel like it should be presented as you have two options: 1) Give your baby something that is proven to not let them get certain diseases that killed children for centuries/are stilling killing children today with possible side effects (and no known link to serious side effects) 2) Don't give your baby something that is proven to not let them get certain diseases that killed children for centuries/are stilling killing children today with possible side effects (and no known link to serious side effects) Regarding children w/o vaccinations passing the disease onto other children w/ vaccinations, the problem is not necessary with children in the same age group, but with passing the disease on to younger siblings (or even older adults) that did not have the opportunity to have the vaccine or are not yet old enough. Also, for those opposed, do you know your vaccination history? Your husbands? If you don't, you might want to brush up...after all...the two of you couldn't have turned out that bad w/ vaccines. I do find it kind of ironic when you compare the vaccination debate to the flat helmet debate. So many parents are willing to say "put the helmet on the baby-why risk an imperfect head" with little to no research it works any better than no helmet but yet are not willing to vaccinate for their child's health. I am happy to say our ped does not accept patients who will not vaccinate, so I guess I picked the right doctor.

beardce722 |

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My daughter chose to vaccinate my grandson, but on an alternative shot schedule. The ped that she used as a child would not even talk to her RE: alternate schedule but we found another in our city that actually sat down and talked to use for 30 min about this on the day we went to his ofc and asked. I think vaccines are needed. As one person's comment that I read, the reason we Don't have these diseases today is because of the vaccines. But, we will break them apart so that he only gets 1-2 vaccines each time he goes. Right now he only gets the oral and one shot @ a time, but when the time comes for more than 2 shots a visit we will break it apart even more. I do not like assaulting their little bodies w/all that stuff at once. He gets WAY more shots than she did when she was a baby. Seems like they decide to vaccinate against a new disease every couple of years. Just my thoughts from a GM's perspective.

Alyx90 |

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I agree, we don't have a lot of the diseases we used to have BECAUSE of the vaccinations we have today. I guess I would have had more concern if i was trying to decide for or against vaccination while there was mercury in the vaccinations, but I have a question to those against vaccinations. What is the hardcore driving force behind being against them? The mercury is gone, the "side effects" are super mild, but what is that biggie as to why you're against them? Not trying to mock or start a fight, just trying to broaden my knowledge.

shayshayjackson |

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Vaccines do not contain aborted fetal tissue! http://voices.yahoo.com/fetal-tissue-production-vaccinations-do-335100.html If you can find it on the CDC's website that so many of you are saying confirms this, please share...

sthomas1222 |

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I just have one point to pose, after reading how heated these arguments are getting and it looking like the facts are getting tied up. What if the vaccination wasn't for polio or whooping cough? What if it was an HIV vaccine? What if it was a cancer vaccine? The only side effects one would notice is drowsiness and slight fuss. Would you still choose not to vaccinate? I guess my question is whether this is a question of your parental "rights," vaccine safety, or the diseases they're protecting?

shayshayjackson |

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If the government cares so much for the well being of children, why not give them free health care instead of handing out free vaccines like jolly ranchers...

JasmineM2012 |

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Can you believe the validity of your sources? Do you believe in survival of the fittest -- regardless of vaccines? Can you be truly objective about parenting? This post proves that the answer to these questions is an emphatic, "No!" How sad that we can't respect freedom of speech and freedom to choose what we think is best. Instead, we have posts filled with righteous indignation and condemnation. Perhaps this is the greatest risk to our children and their future.

mylc99 |

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My husband and I have not and will not vaccinate our visualize untill they are able to offer us a "raw" killed virus vaccince. There is no need to put "preservatives" such as mercury, lead and arsenic into the vaccine. And we feel very blessed being in a country to chose. But our choice is not to vaccinate.

jeeniehop |

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Can I just say to all the non-vaxers out there, googling "vaccine dangers" does not count as research. If you are against vaccinating because of side effects - you don't want to deal with a fussy baby for a few days - ask your grandparents about watching a helpless infant suffer through pertussis or measles. Mine each lost several siblings as infants to these diseases before there were vaccines to spare us this pain. Also to those parents who alter the schedule, your breastfeeding immunity does not last forever. The schedule is timed to immunize the baby when they become susceptible to the diseases. Someone else mentioned that their baby will not be in daycare so they'll be safe. Will they never go out in public or come into contact with relatives, strangers, or even you and your husband? A coworker of mine keeps her toddlers home with her husband and they are always sick. She gets sick too, then she comes to work and passes it to all of us, who then give it to our children. What if next winter it's an outbreak of pertussis and I pass it unknowingly to my baby. I could never life with myself for being the one to make my child go through that. And you have the option of protecting your children from illness and you don't take it? I'd love to see the reaction of a third world mother who has lost her baby to one of these diseases when you tell her.

oneyedsally |

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If you don't vaccinate you are a selfish moron. We need as many people vaccinated as possible in order to preserve "herd immunity." Every time some self-righteous person with access to the internet says "vaccines are unsafe! We're not doing them!" you put the rest of us at increased risk. You live in a society. Do what is best for the general population, and stop thinking about yourself so damn much. I swear this focus on "individual rights and freedoms" will be the death of us all.

sadsadie |

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Agree with the above. People who don't vaccinate are selfish. There are groups who cannot vaccinate- children with immunity disorders, cancer- who you risk exposing to diseases that will certainly kill them because you feel it is your "right" not to vaccinate your child. In essence, your child is more important than anyone else's. It makes me sick. Get over yourself, stop listening to twits like Jenny McCarthy and seek advice from reputable sources- like your doctor, not the internet.

Jessica Swanlake |

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I am sorry. But I agree with quooz and whoever disagrees with her response may have misread her statement. When they wrote "Wow, I'm not letting my baby play with your kids!" could of meant a little baby that has yet to receive their vaccinations. I can tell you right now that my husband and I have decided to have our child is getting vaccinated for everything. We don't want her to get them all together we want them to be split. My little sister and her husband as well as some of my cousins have refused "ALL VACCINES" for their babies. As much as it will hurt me to say this considering this is family. Our child WILL NOT be playing with her cousins until the she gets all her vaccines and is immune from any deceases that could be spread from them to our daughter. Vaccines obviously aren't bad if we are standing here having babies and obviously have received them. I'm sorry to say that people honestly don't think of the consequences of their actions affecting society and I pray to God that my instincts on these "long gone" and "non existing" Diseases as some of you call it don't come back and seriously affect or kill our children by mass numbers because parents are deciding to be naive. Maybe we feel this way because we live in NYC and have seen too many ppl coughing, sneezing, itching and whatever other gross stuff they do without caring to cover their mouth or nose. Many of you against the vaccines fail to think "Hey the AC in this train is circulating the air we all breathe" or " Wow that man walking towards me just sneezed and coughed half a lung without covering his mouth while the wind is blowing towards me and my child!" My point is you don't know who has what and when your child could get exposed so I agree with Dr. P and everyone else that chooses to vaccinate their children.

DulceMillie |

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The best thing you can do for your baby is research the topic yourself and form your own beliefs. Please do not blinding follow one way or the other. Here is one source that has helped me to come to my own conclusions: http://widget5.linkwithin.com/redirect?url=http%3A//www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/03/14/ingredients-in-vaccines/&vars=%5B%22http%3A//www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/%22%2C%201077087%2C%204%2C%20%22http%3A//www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/04/25/risk-benefit-analysis-hep-a-b-and-rotavirus/%22%2C%20215308885%2C%204%2C%20202509379%5D&ts=1335790557889 http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/04/04/risk-benefit-analysis-diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis/ And the rest in the series on that site. To health and making informed choices.

Analyn24 |

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well i don't know. my question is what aren't the doctors and the makers of the immunizations telling us? I've heard that there are mercury, lead and/or some metals in the immunizations. If so that is not good for babies, children or adults no matter how low the particle (as I will call it), be. i do research online and I don't believe everything but it's still not easy to believe scientists, there are a lot of untrustworthy people and putting our life in there hands doesn't feel right. they say if our child is to go to school they need to be vaccinated, but yet they don't actually give us the full list of ingredients in these so called helpful and non-harmful vaccinations. the world has done to many things to no trust the government and the scientists and anyone else for that matter and it's out there but it seems as if everyone is either blind or can't piece things together, this world is missing common sense. this is just one site i came across and again you can't trust everyone or believe everything. http://www.whale.to/vaccines/ingredients.html

ask krysta |

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http://this-present-crisis.blogspot.com/2009/08/poisoned-vaccines-retired-vaccine.html i forgot to add this one too. so these are just 2 sites i have come across in my research. and i don't think we will ever know the truth because it's all about money.

ask krysta |

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As a pediatrician and soon to be mom, I am fully in support of the current vaccination schedule. If anyone is interested in reading a wonderful, informative book from an unbiased author who spent years researching the vaccine debate, please consider reading "The Panic Virus" by Seth Mnookin. He started his project without a definite opinion one way or the other, and came away in support of vaccines. I believe even if you plan not to vaccinate and feel strongly about it, which is your right, you still owe it to your child to be well informed on both sides of the issue, and this book is a great source.

Carya84 |

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You cant blindly believe everthing you read online... I will be researching ie asking the professionals, about what ingredients are in all the vaccines. I will be cautious BUT I WILL be vaccinating.

rcdevilliers |

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Everyone should read "the vaccine book" by Robert w. Sears. Very informative. He explores both sIdes of the vaccine debate.

Picesqt143@aol.com |

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I've worked for a local public health care department for more than ten years because I had a mba online degree and now I want to have a brighter career, here or in another field. Many times I didn't agree with their policy, but being just a simple employee I had to conform to their demands. Personally I don't agree with their new services.

negruvoda |

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I asked my baby's physician the same question. He said that the vaccine is more than necessary for my baby, because it protects him from some dangerous illnesses. So I trust my doctor and I don't need another answer,

lionking44 |

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You people kill me who don't vaccinate it's the most selfish decision ever made. I'm so sick of you people who research "google" vaccination's. Why don't you google the death's of unvaccinated children because of something someone read on the internet. Keep in mind everything you hear isn't true. I just can't believe that people would put there child in harm's way my daughter isn't allowed around her cousin's because they aren't vaccinated she will never be around them. Also she will be home schooled since it's for some reason legal to put an unvaccinated child in school it's ridiculous. I believe if your not going to vaccinate your child then you shouldn't bring your child in public because of your "freedom of choice or speech". I'm sorry but it's plain stupidity i just don't get it that's the worst parenting ever. Let me just say if it was your child who caught a "Vaccine Preventable" disease and your child was in the hospital who do you turn to your doctor because they are experienced and went to school for that. So my question to you people who don't vaccinate is what if your child does catch something that could have been prevented && worst case passes away how could you live with yourself i'm sorry to be so rude about it but i just don't understand what would posses you people to make such a horrible decision this just eats me alive that my daughter can't just play with any child because of dumb decisions i don't let anyone around my child unless fully vaccinated also in public i don't allow anyone to touch her because i'm concerned for her health and safety. I could go on for days about the way i feel about this but i will stop.

Casey0412 |

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Also to the one's who do vaccinate like myself. I refuse to go to a pedatrician that will see unvaccinated children you should check into that as well.

Casey0412 |

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Are u kidding me with thinking shots are safe!! Lol there is no proof at all that says they even work!!Just because disease isn't that popular now isn't because of vaccinations..its because of cleaner water and living conditions..ect..and by the way children and adults that contract so called disease HAVE been shot up with this poison...u must be a doctor or someone getting paid from drugs to believe shots aare safe and effective..or just be totally uneducated

adamwik |

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I respect any decision that parents make for their children... That's what your job is, to make informed decisions! My husband and I have decided to only partially vax our daughter on a longer schedule, she's only 2.5 months old, her body does not need that stuff yet! Her immune system is developing just fine on its own! I believe our body's will fight off and heal itself to the best of its ability, and then further action is required as needed... this is where SOME vaxs come into play! Our daughter will be allowed to play with children who are non vaxed

JosieMegan |

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why should we be worried about who is and isn't vaxed, if she has hers then I see nothing to worry about... germs and diseases are in this world whether we are vaxed or not... and we can catch anything whether we are vaxed or not! Just make an informed decision as a parent and deal with the consequences, they exist either way! :)

JosieMegan |

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here is the actual link to vaers (vaccine adverse event reporting system) http://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/index.php you can search through every adverse event ever reported to the cdc. 1-10% of events actually get reported the cdc has stated. Although it is the LAW to report them. Apparently they are ok with those statistics.

ladybug0204 |

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Of course doctors and makers of immunizations are fully supportive of vaccinations. There's a ton of money to be made in it! I do believe that not even all dr's get all of the shots required. Personal choice. Also, if your child IS vaccinated why should you care if mine is not and they play together?? You should be WELL protected then.... We choose to only give our children a selected few vaccines. Honestly, what kid needs ALL of that stuff put into their body...especially when they are a teeny tiny infant just learning to thrive? I know a few children who are forever effected(injured) BY vaccines and there is no turning back for them now. Parents, just be educated on what you are putting into your child's body and don't be afraid to say "no" to a doctor. It's their job to "push" immunizations.

McKeonGirl |

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also here is vaccine ingredients from the cdc website, someone above me stated that fetal tissue was not in vaccines, and asked if anyone could provide a link to the cdc website that says otherwise its callef "fetal bovine serum." I also want to say that thimerosal is still in some vaccines its "trace amounts" and there is a lot in the flu vaccine, just as much as there used to be in the mmr. The flu vaccine is on the recommended childhood vaccination schedule as an annual vaccine.http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf the link i provided from the cdc is a pdf file for anyone who would like to see vaccine ingredients.

ladybug0204 |

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For anyone who vaccinating there are flu shots you can request that have only trace amounts of thimerosal. Not all flu vaccines have a lot of thimerosal, but some still do Ijust realized i left that out of my previous comment.... whatever decision a parent makes for THEIR child should not be for anyone else to judge. I choose not to. Mostly bc my daughter reacted to her shots and is now autistic and i believe my son has a higher risk of an adverse reaction bc his sister had one. Here is something obtained through the freedom of information act. Its a transcript of a meeting talking about thimerosal and how research DOES point to a link. the CDC was never going to release this, its a shame http://www.aapsonline.org/vaccines/cdcfdaexperts.htm honestly i feel just as concerned about aluminium as thimerosal.

ladybug0204 |

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Wow, its unfortunate that a lot of parents still choose not to vaccinate their children based on information they get from the internet from unreliable sources. Vaccines are safe! They don't cause autism, this was in fact started by Jenny mcarthy, an actress,without any basis or proof. There are tons of studies that have been done to show there is no correlation between vaccines and autism. And when I read comments about how debilitating diseases are no longer an issue due to clean water and good hygiene I cringe. Here's a little fact for you....the idea of vaccines were created long before pharmaceutical companies and the "big, mean health care system" were even invented. Diseases like small pox and polio aren't things your body can just fight off, but if you think you can best it by just washing your hands and eating healthy then be my guest just please lock yourself and your kids up and don't come near my family. Becuse vaccines only work of everyone

tarheellvr |

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^ you're dumb

lrh0424 |

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Every vaccine should be perform under strict medical advisory, even if talk about babies or adults. I am telling that because I have recently seen these colon cleanser methods online that made me have major faith in adherent cleansing methods, but I still feel I should ask for the doctor`s opinion before doing anything related to it.

conquerer |

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we are not vaccinating at all! not only for mercury (called thimeserol now in the ingredients) but also for the bovine serum albumin, formaldehyde, aluminum, phenol red, polysorbate 80, yeast protein, etc the list goes on & on & on! plus when we were children there was possibly 5 vaccines and now by the time my daughter is a year old she is expected to have 20+ vaccines according to the CDC guideline's. NO THANK YOU!

wakiyelamama |

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I'm a physician.. my son gets his vaccines on a regular schedule and will continue to get them. Is there a risk with getting vaccines? Of course - the risk isn't zero but it is very safe - there isn't 'antifreeze' in vaccines - polyethylene glycol (safe) is very different from ethylene glycol (antifreeze) in much the same way carbon dioxide (safe) is different from carbon monoxide (toxic, displaces oxygen from hemoglobin in your bloodstream). Taking preservatives (thimersol) out of multidose vaccine vials because you're afraid it's an organomercury compound will lead to an increase in bacterial and fungal infections (as it did in 1928 when it wasn't used in diphtheria vaccines). If you're afraid of this, ask for a single-use vaccine vials. With many more people not getting vaccines we're seeing more outbreaks of disease - over 100 cases of measles in 6 months in 2008, 91% of those didn't get the vaccine. Increase in whooping cough cases, Hemophilus (a cause of meningitis greatly reduced with vaccines). Outbreaks are seen within groups that don't get vaccines for religious reasons (measles, polio, rubella). It's really difficult to fathom people putting their kids at risk because of an overinflated belief that these vaccines are going to do more harm than good. But in the end they're your children and you make the decision for yourself.

shanehudnall |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

I think they are safe, that's why doctor gave them. Besides they give the vaccine at an specific age/months for the baby as it progress.. My boy had his last vaccine last week against hepa. cheap wow gold

jen2945 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

'DPT may be a generally unrecognized major cause of sudden infant and early childhood death, and that the risks of immunization may outweigh its potential benefits. A need for re-evaluation and possible modification of current vaccination procedures is indicated by this study." (National Insitute of Health http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3170075/) ""Torch, W.C., 1986 a. Characteristics of diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) postvaccinal deaths and DPT-caused Sudden Infant Deaths Syndrome (SIDS): a review. Neurology (suppl 1); 36: 148 (abstract)." "Administration of (DPT VACCINE) can cause temporary liver dysfunctions in infants similar to those resulting from viral hepatitis, and inoculation of killed Bordetella pertussis organisms makes some strains of mice 200 times more sensitive to histamine and 3 to 5 times as sensitive to endotoxins for approximately 14 days..." (JAMA) There's plenty of studies I couldn't list them all. And the mercury definitely HAS NOT been removed from all the shots. Ask your doctor if you can read the ingredients list on the shots before administration--or ask EXACTLY which shot's being given and by which company then Google the ingredients YOURSELF. Don't leave your child's health up to some guy with letter at the end of his name--do the leg work! Also "Live Attenuated Vaccines" are LIVE PARASITES. "Micro-organism," "organism" "virus" "fungus"--are all alternate names for parasites which are easily killed with Vitamin C, Niacin, amino acids--all ORGANIC. If you can't believe this Google "The Manual of the International List of Causes of Death"--this was a Doctors eyes only Government printed text from 1929. Turn to pg. 285 and READ. All "virus" "plagues" and "bacterial" diseases come from parasites. I wouldn't inject my child with them--I'll stick to Vitamin C.

EFHerne |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

TO EACH HIS OWN, WE ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO CHANGE SOMEONES OPINION, IF YOU DONT WANT TO VACCINATE THEN DONT, IF YOU DO THEN DO, AND EVERYONE KEEP TO YOURSELF, WHATEVER YOU DECIDE IS YOUR DECISION

emy86 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

I can't believe parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids. The risk of the disease FAR outweighs any risk of side effects from the vaccines. Yes to each his/her own but when the measles/mumps and other very preventative diseases start to come back and kill our kids I bet those who didn't vaccinate are going to regret it.

afrasier |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

People need to stop being so paranoid. I fully trust doctors and modern medicine. People wouldn't go to medical school for 8-10 years to know nothing. I make sure my baby receives all vaccines recommended on time. I agree with the article. The risk of getting a disease is far greater than any risk or mild side effects you may experience from a vaccine.

jennifercapps |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

You who choose not to vaccinate are especially putting at risk people who have auto-immune illnesses, including my younger sister and possibly, someday, regrettably, you or your own children. but what most concerns me about your posts are the capitals and exclamation points, the ranting, the lack of calm. The tricky part of this decision is that although it's personal, it affects public health. So, try to ease up on the conspiracy theories and make informed decisions. Try to take a little of the emotion out (I know, it's your child, but try) and make a decision that balances your fears with the public welfare. Try to read and comment respectfully.

liziannotti |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

Vaccines boost immunity - they do not make anyone illness-proof. I get a flu shot every year, but if someone I know has the flu, I'm not going to go over to their house and hang out with them. The outbreak of childhood illnesses that had otherwise been wiped out is directly linked to people refusing to vaccinate. Why would I knowingly send my child out into the world without every defense available to him? And if someone truly believes their child will get sick from vaccinating, then they have the right not to vaccinate. I also have the right to keep my child away from their kid. Amazing how that works.

laurapalooza72 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

For those of you who decide to label those of us who do not vaccinate "selfish" , perhaps understanding of why is prudent. I began my sons vaccinations when he was born, the hospital said he needed his HepB, I TRUSTED my doctors and agreed with whatever they thought he needed.. He stayed on schedule, that is until his 4 month vaccinations. .5 an hour after his vaccines were administered he began to cry inconsolably, I tried to get him to nurse and at that point he went pale and began to seize. It was a very long night. His injection site was swollen, red and it took almost 2 months for it to dissolve. So no, I do not trust that vaccines are safe, nor will my son be receiving anymore of them. My regret is that I took the word of doctors and had him vaccinated. What my son went through is real and yes it was vaccine related and that's enough for me.

mtaft74 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

This articles is totally biased....are vaccinations safe?NO is there a risk? ALWAYS. Vaccinations have NEVER been tested on human children...do you get that? They tested vaccinations in the early 1900's on adult patients already dieing of meningitis whom died anyway so they say there is no "link". Maybe it will not kill you but I firmly believe vaccinations can cause neurological disorders. DON'T BE SHEEP, I did my research and my son and my unborn son on the way will receive 0 vaccinations. People will tell you, there is 1 in 100,000 chance blah blah blah that your child will die or have an adverse reaction (like autism) from this vaccination. But are you willing to risk your child being that (1) in 100,000 that has a bad reaction? I am not willing to risk my child's safety when there is no hard evidence or studies to show that there is no link between vaccinations and autism. Ask your doctor when the last MMR vaccination was tested in human trials, ask your pediatrician when the last Hepatitis vaccination was tested on a newborn child, (which they administer at the hospital) NO ONE can ell you for sure it's safe because conclusive and real studies using real human children have never been done. So it's up to you what you stick in your child. But just do some research before you close your eyes and jump in with the rest of them.

tmjamey1 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wwDPcNdxJQ Autism is actually listed as one of the adverse effects of vaccines on the CDC website.

kgalyean |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

We vaccinated my daughter with a "catch up" schedule. We started at 2 months and had her get half of the 2 month vaccinations during that visit and then took her back at 3 months to get the other half. At 4 months, she had half of the 4 months vaccinations and the rest at 5 months. At 6 months, only two were scheduled so she got those. The hospital did not vaccinate her for Hep B at birth. It's not routine at the hospital I gave birth at unless there were other risk factors (ie my or my husband's Hep B status). We will vaccinate her for the flu witha preservative free shot this fall and then she'll have whatever she should get at 12 months, on schedule.

chm0815 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

My baby was vaccinated a couple of weeks ago at her 2 month check-up... she took it very very well but the screams that came out of her at the appt were new! Now, her cries/screams are different than before the shots... I do hope she wasn't negatively affected by them... the only side effect we found was that she was groggy... she got to cuddle with mommy alllll night that night. :)

punkersnickle |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

Yes. Hands down, vaccines are the single greatest achievement in modern medicine.

rchlbug02 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

Those considering delaying vaccinations or not vaccinating should also look into how to treat the serious diseases that your child may contract as well. I cannot wrap my head around having enough information to decide against vaccinating, but yet then going back to the same doctors who urged you to get your child vaccinated once your child has s serious disease that needs treatment. You should ask yourself why you don't trust your doctor's advice on vaccinating but you would when you child needs medical attention to save his or her life when seriously ill. It seems to me that when push comes to shove, you will go with your doctor. Why wait until it's too late? Perhaps you should consider their advice while you and your children are still healthy too.

nebbiolo |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

As for the person calling us public health menaces... You make no sense. If you are saying that you vaccinate your child and vaccinations are so awesome and have no negative effects... Why wouldnt you let your children play with ours? If your kids are vaccinated shouldnt they be immune to any diseases including the ones that you claim our children have (just because we havent vaccinated them)? Therefore even if our kids had any diseases wouldnt your kids not get infected because they have their shots? I mean, isnt that what the whole point of vaccinating is? On the other hand, you go ahead and deal with a lifetime of autism while my child plays happily and autism free while i just coat its little hands & objects with something marvelous they call antibacterial hand sanitizer. Its crazy, it kills 99.9% of germs.

Honeydew3 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

@mvmierzw- my thoughts exactly. Every time I look at these sites that everyone links I can't help but wonder if people even know how to look up credible sites anymore. We vaccinate, however we also have friends who don't vaccinate. If that is their choice then that is fine because a friend's children are not mine, and therefore I don't get to say what goes for other people's children. That being said, I have never seen a child be sick more times than I've seen my non-vaccinating friend's kids be sick. She has a one year old and a 5 month old and the one year old is almost non stop sick. They have both been sick more times than my son has been sick in his 2 years. I wouldn't not go around her kids for not being vaccinated, but I would avoid them because they are always sick and I don't need my son to be around that. I have watched some sad documentaries about not vaccinating and people losing their precious babies too soon and personally I don't want to go through that. Also can I mention that the most ignorant comment was put out there, as I knew it would; something along the lines of: "if you trust in vaccines why would it matter if your vaccinated child is around my non vaccinated child". That just comes off as ridiculous to me. Seriously? That's your defense as to why it shouldn't matter?

Mammasaurusrex |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

I'd like to offer this perspective: We all know that nut allergies are common, not to mention on the rise these days. Are you going to keep your child from ever eating nuts because he/she MIGHT have a reaction?? It is human nature to be afraid of the unknown and try to control everything. I am a control freak myself, but at some point you have to come to terms with the fact that you cannot prevent every tragedy that you or your child might encounter. You have to look at the statistics and have some faith that your child is not that 1 in 100,000. And if he/she is, you will take care of them and they will still have a fulfilling and happy life. What if you knew, while you were pregnant, that when your child was born, he/she would have some kind of developmental issue or disease? Would you abort the pregnancy and try again for a "healthy" baby? How many times will you try if you keep having "disabled" babies? I'm not judging or even asking for replies - simply posing a question for you all to consider. Statistics show that most children are not adversely affected by vaccines. It's a chance you have to take when you decide to vaccinate or to skip the vaccines - unfortunately it could mean the difference between living "normally" or living with a handicap/disease...but in a very general sense, aren't you also taking that risk when you decide to text and drive, etc.? Just think about it - that's all I'm saying! :) Nobody is perfect, but we can love the imperfections!

babywacker |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

I'd also like to offer this success story (if you will). Before my son was born, I strongly considered altering the vaccination schedule and was afraid of how all the vaccinations might affect him. When he was born, I decided to go along with the standard vaccination schedule. He was finished with the majority of his vaccinations before age 2 and had none at his 2 year check-up. At his 2 year check-up, the doctor said that his language skills were at the level of a 3 year old, if not higher! He is right on track with everything else and even advanced in some other areas (just a few of those are: he knows all his colors and some in spanish, he can spell his name, he knows the alphabet and recognizes most of the letters, and he loves singing songs off the radio..he picks up the lyrics fairly quickly!) I hope this gives some of you a little hope! :)

babywacker |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

My son contracted pertussis in his senior year of high school. No one in our area at the time had pertussis or Whooping cough. Thank goodness our pediatrician diagonsed this correctly and sent us to the hospital to be tested. This was the WORST 10 days of his life. He had so much choking phlem that we thought he couldn't breathe. A lesser child may not have been able to handle the effects of this. I woudl NOT wish this disease on my worst enemy. His vaccine from his childhood days had cleared his system. This is a valid vaccine that people SHOULD get updated shots for.

Ryan330 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

Let's face it, our Government SUCKS!!! They don't care about me, you or your baby. The only thing they care about is your money. So of course they are going to push vaccinations. How about pushing healthy eating? I firmly believe all our disease, ADD, autism, Crohns, etc are from bad gut flora, and that's from our Government allowing GMO's in our food. 80% of the food supply in GMO. That makes me more sick than a vaccine. Read Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), and that will open your eyes to everything.

Mamaofdeanie |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

There is NO debate here- READ THE INGREDIANTS LISTS PEOPLE. They are within the packaging and also posted publicly on the government's websites, and if that isn't enough to convince you to NOT vaccinate, at least wait until 'two and talking.' And as far as the Doctor below, she must be living under a rock. How can you ignore all of the studies and lawsuits (and awards) for the vaccine injured that are coming out of the wood work now? How do you explain the fact that the amount of 'recommended' vaccines have quadrupled in nature since we were children? How can you say they are 'perfectly safe' when there are metals and preservatives used in nearly all of them? Are vaccines safe for baby? Not mine, not ever.

MamaKitty12 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

I won't not that young, my brother was perfectly fine until he received his 'puppy' shots, shortly after he went from healthy and fine to showing signs of being autistic and was later diagnosed with autism. To this day my parents are still dead set on it was those shots that did it.. There is so much in them that shouldn't be that is dangerous to our bodies. I will get the important ones, but ONLY when my child is old enough and has an immune system of their own.

TsengAkera |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

To all the moms out there choosing not to vaccinate, I would just like to say that you are welcome. Your child won't be getting potentially lethal illness such as pertussis from mine. I am a nurse and have seen first hand how dangerous these diseases can be. Severe reactions are extremely rare. There is so much evidence based research supporting the safety and importance of these preventative measures. Make sure you REALLY do your research before making a huge decision like not vaccinating.

loriholm |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

Let's talk about Neuroimmunology (the study of how the brain's immune system works). The brain has its own specialized immune system, separate from that is the rest of the body. When a person is vaccinated, its specialized immune cells, the microglia, become activated. Multiple vaccinations spaced close together over stimulate the microglia, causing them to release a variety of toxic elements-cytokines,chemokines,excitotoxins,proteases,free radicals- that damage brain cells and their synaptic connections. Interestingly enough children with autism have abnormal amounts of microglia causing constant inflammation. References Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (JAPS 2004;9(2):46-52) Journal of American Nutraceutical Association ( JANA 2003;6(4):21-35) .....note when you research vaccinations look to see who wrote the article and if they have ties to pharmaceutical companies :) Happy researching!!

Candicecham |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

Here's what it boils down to folks......vaccines are a parents choice for their child (except West Virginia and Mississippi who only give medical exemptions with a dr's approval). So if you sleep better vaccinating your children or not vaccinating your children the choice is yours.

Candicecham |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

I have ready books that are pro vaccine and books that are against vaccines. I make my decision about each individual vaccine. Some I believe are necessary and some however are not. I would NEVER vaccinate my child if their immune system wasn't 100 %. Also my daughter is on a daily pro biotic to give her that little extra boost she may need.

Rushley |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

I would like to thank all the non vaccinated parents on this site for standing up to these people! We all know that if Doctors do not go with the program of injecting hazardous poisons into us and our children they will loose their Dr. license. I would also like to point out some doctors have been given a new vitamin line in their names to basically be bought out to be pro poisoning. If our govt. only picked Dr. Bob Beck's protocol we would not be where we are today were a system of people poison other people and babies for profit or to pay off their college debt. Everyone needs to look at Bob Beck's Protocol!!! He pointed out that there are 14 patents World wide that show there are electronic devices that cure Aids and all diseases, including any cancer! The facts are clear here, these people including the Dr. who posted here, do not want you to know there are cures! Pills, shots, vitamins and treatments make them rich! Cures make us healthy and we only would have to pay for the devices once! It amazes me that even the doctors and nurses can not debunk a patent that says cures cancer and all diseases! Here are a couple of the patents for everyone's viewing pleasure, US5188738 and US4665898 by Doctors Steven Kaali and Peter M. Schwolsky. Cures to everyone!

plancarteg |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

I feel that any Pediatric Doctor that would states that vaccines safe is absolutely untrained as all doctors are. Being in the medical field myself I absolutely stand behind good medicine and feel that there is a great theory behind vaccines. Vaccines were made to help eradicate disease and to keep people healthy. However just like all things there are statistics with medicine, one of which is positive and one that is negative...there is always 2 sides to a fence. There is definately a Vaccine Compensation Claim website that you are able to view the claims that have been filed and paid out by the government. almost all vaccines have been known to cause damage as well as death. Again doctors unfortunately do not recieve this training so it is up to the parent to become versed in vaccines, know the ingredients and make the educated decision based on facts as opposed to a doctor that is willing to state that vaccines are safe when it is proven that they are "safe" enough, because that is all that they really can do! I stand behind parents that want as well as those that do not want to vaccinate......those that so not vaccinate then depend on herd immunity, those that do should not feel thresten about those that so not because if the vaccines "work" then what are you worried for? Also just because you get a vaccine does not mean that you are miracally immune either. Vaccines are precautionary, I reccommend that all parents take the time to research on their own NEVE give more than one vaccine at a time so that if there is a reaction you will know, DO NOT give Tylenol...how would you know if baby runs a fever if you do? Also just take good documentaion so that if there is a reaction it can be reported properly. My son recieved damage from a vaccine yet I still vaccinate my other children but I keep a close eye on them and make notes ALL the time. Good Luck parents it is up to you not your Doctor.

bsridgeley |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

i am against vac, my 1st sons hair fell out and my 3rd ended up in primary childrens and almost died from shot so after that i decided not to do shot ever again on any of my kids.

katarina0918 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

No vaccines for this baby or my oldest daughter! The ingredients are simply not safe. Not to mention that they have never been tested to see if they cause cancer or impact fertility. No thank you!

kdjudd |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

In response to the person who referenced "that there are 14 patents World wide that show there are electronic devices that cure Aids and all diseases, including any cancer!" A patent does not mean that theory/device actually works and has been tested. It simply protects an idea that someone has/had so that it cannot be claimed by anyone else. If the theories in the patents were tested and proven to work, that would be one thing. But have they been tested??? If not, is it possible that the doctors are dead but these patents keep others from testing their techniques. I'm personally not interested in spending my time trying to find out if these theories were tested or not, I'm just wondering if you have because you are preaching about them. I work in a nationally ranked hospital, in the cancer dept and there is a lot of research going on daily looking for treatments and cures. The doctors are researching, the pharmaceutical companies are researching and running trials, etc. It all comes full circle - you can say that the pharmaceutical companies are just running trials to make money, but the insurance industry is huge also - do you think they are paying for these treatments without investigating whether or not they're actually making any progress..? There ARE always two sides to every fence. And this rings true in the fact that I doubt the insurance industry doesn't do their due diligence to make sure that they're not being taken advantage of by the pharmaceutical companies and medical industry, who you say are hiding a cure and not sharing it with the world....

babywacker |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

The rotavirus vaccine has left my baby with an intentional issue, we are going to a specialist halfway across the state because the pediatrician here can't figure it out. He was perfectly healthy until we got the darn vaccinations. Now he has constant blood in his stool and has bouts of screaming before he poops bloody diarrhea, never ever again will I vaccinate any of my children.

Jbarille23 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

As a physician I think it's irresponsible for The Bump to feature this title, "The Great Debate." Great debate amongst whom? Certainly physicians agree that vaccines are a good idea or the AAP wouldn't recommend them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I come to this site I hope to be given information that is scientifically accurate and in line with what my pediatrician would recommend. Your article legitimatizes this anti-science movement making anecdotal evidence more important than carefully collected information. If 99 percent of doctors agree that Vaccines are good, you should present them as such.

Karen1024 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

Everyone is free to choose an option that best suits themselves and their children. I also feel that if you are going to go against recommendations that are backed by countless studies and research, you need to make an informed and thoroughly researched decision. Please please PLEASE don't just listen to the bloggers and conspiracy theorists. Learn about the body, learn about immunity and herd immunity, learn about what makes up vaccinations. UNDERSTAND these things before making a decision. The worst thing you can do is make such an important choice based off ignorance and what other people are saying. As a mother who chose to vaccinate myself and my child (and vaccinate appropriately so my child gained adequate immunity), my biggest fear is that he will still get an illness because someone didn't make an informed and knowledgeable decision. Someone made a decision without getting all the facts. Understand that your friend's experience with vaccinations could have included numerous factors and perhaps there's an underlying condition that Mom blames on vaccines, but in fact was something else entirely. Educate yourself- and then decide.

xobethxo |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

the tricky thing about "doing your research" via google.com is that most of your findings will be inaccurate

msteph113 |

Q&A: Are vaccines safe for baby?

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anthonyfiddy2 |