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BrokenPsyche's picture
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Immunizations

So our 2 month pediatric appointment is coming up and I know we are going to have to decide on several immunization. I wouldn't have even thought twice about it, but my sister in law is a big advocate against immunizations. So, I was hoping to get a thread started to hear what some of your thoughts are on the matter.

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We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics vaccination schedule for both of our boys. To me the benefits far outweigh the perceived risks. DS1 had no problems with the schedule, not even a fever that they say can happen. And Drake did fine as well, just slept a little more that day.

There's several parent around our area that I've talked to who don't have their vaccinated but won't let their kids play with children who haven't been vaccinated for fear of getting sick...seems a little backwards to me. I have mine vaccinated so I don't have to worry about it.

DH also wants to take a trip to Vietnam to meet is parents' families back there, and there's no way I would take the kids if they weren't.

To me the AAP did their research before picking the best recommended schedule for children's vaccines. Now, I'm not saying to follow blindly; do your research and decide what's best for your family. But to me this is something to follow. I don't know any children who've had a negative reaction to following the schedule.

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I delay vaccination. DS1 only has his DTAP and he got it when he was 1. DS2 is not at all vaccinated and won't be until we decide if it's necessary or not.

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We haven't vaccinated any of our kids. DSS had his first vaccinations, but all have been done as homeoathic immunisation since then. We were intending to delay until about 3yo, unless the kids are in school, but it just hasn't happened yet. There are certain ones that I would like them to get (MMR), but around here they come with chicken pox, and I do NOT want them immunized against that!

Anyway, it's time to take a look again - and even see if I need any.

Incidentally, proper hand washing is about the best thing you can do to stop spread of disease. Historically, immunization and the connection between cleanliness and disease (hand washing), both increased drastically at the same time (at the time of the Spanish Flu).

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We followed the guidelines for DS (now 2) plus opted for Rotavirus vaccine (now included in the guidelines). We did question / research the chicken pox one (as well as researching and deciding re Rotavirus one). DD (9 weeks) just got her shots and we got them all. She was fine the first day/night and then had a fever and grouchiness the second day and evening. You have to do what feels right for you. If you get them and then the child has an adverse reaction how will you feel. If you don't get them and the child gets the illness how will you feel. Personal decision. We opted to get them.

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

We haven't vaccinated any of our kids. DSS had his first vaccinations, but all have been done as homeoathic immunisation since then.

Sarah Sunshine - Can you tell me more about "homeopathic immunisations"? I am not familiar with this option. Thx! Smile

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There are a bunch of homeopathic immunizations. They come in the form of drops or pellets that dissolve under your tongue. You can buy the ones for the flu (Influenzicum I believe it's called) at most any health food store. Others you can get through a naturopathic doctor or clinic. You put them under your tongue once a day for a certain number of days to boost your immune system. Naturopathic immunizations are usually done annually, but can be done at any time including after you contract the illness.

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Thanks for the info Sarah Sunshine. I have been thinking about seeing a naturopath (it is covered by my work medical) so this could be something to talk to them about. Smile

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You should read this about vaccines too!

The vaccine empire has collapsed | True Activist

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In today's news (in Ontario, Canada) immunizations and flu shots are being highly encouraged for 5 yr olds and under this fall. Talk about the risks for those with asthma and strong possibilities of pneumonia as well.

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"PianomanTran02" wrote:

We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics vaccination schedule for both of our boys. To me the benefits far outweigh the perceived risks.

I agree with you. The benefits outweigh the risks... My kids have never had any side effects from any of the shots or the oral rotovirus.
There are many cases of pertussis around here...and it isn't worth it.
All 4 of mine are UTD on everything...(per age) All have flu shots, except Abram...and I am praying that he won't pick up anything. People go out sick everywhere... We have our DTaP and Flu shots also.
I worked as a vet tech... vaccinated animals live longer and are healthier.
All of our horses, dogs, and cats are vaccinated.

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