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My Facebook has been alive with tons of articles on both sides of this issue. I know it is a hot button issue right now. What do you all think? Should be mandatory and on the approved schedule? You personally do it, but do not think it should be mandatory? You think vaccines are poison?

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This has always been a tricky one for me. I am pro vac's and DH is not. When Alyssa was a baby it made for quite a bit of stress. Now they are all current with their vaccinations except for the flu. My personal opinion on the subject is that maybe there is a chance that 1 in 1,000,000 will die or be hurt from a vaccination, however, before vaccinations many, many children were killed or crippled from so many illnesses that we now take for granted that our children will probably grow up to be healthy. I recently watched the first three season's of The Call of the Midwife on Netflix as was reminded of what life must have been like with the fear of polio and other illnesses.

With all of that said, I am not sure anyone else should be able to force you to vaccinate your child, however I do not understand why anyone would not want to (unless there was a specific reason like an allergy).

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Hate this issue right now. I am a believer in vaccines. got them for my 2 oldest right on schedule. Until DD2 had a major reaction, landing her in the hospital after her shots 3 times in a row. Then my nephew had a reaction that caused brain swelling, and mental damage. So now my 2 little ones are not vaccinated, as per my pediatricians advice. He feels that given our family history we should not give them vaccines. He is a very pro vaccine, but feels that there are some kids that need to abstain.
Every time this issue comes up I feel like both sides are so passionate, but say terrible things. Yesterday I saw a post that someone hoped all unvaccinated kids die. The next post was basically saying parents are putting poison in their kids and that it is similar to child abuse. Both are so extreme. And I can see both sides, I do think vaccines are important. But after we found out what our doctor thought for our kids I started really looking at all the ingredients in vaccines are and I can understand why parents are concerned

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"mom3girls" wrote:

Hate this issue right now. I am a believer in vaccines. got them for my 2 oldest right on schedule. Until DD2 had a major reaction, landing her in the hospital after her shots 3 times in a row. Then my nephew had a reaction that caused brain swelling, and mental damage. So now my 2 little ones are not vaccinated, as per my pediatricians advice. He feels that given our family history we should not give them vaccines. He is a very pro vaccine, but feels that there are some kids that need to abstain.
Every time this issue comes up I feel like both sides are so passionate, but say terrible things. Yesterday I saw a post that someone hoped all unvaccinated kids die. The next post was basically saying parents are putting poison in their kids and that it is similar to child abuse. Both are so extreme. And I can see both sides, I do think vaccines are important. But after we found out what our doctor thought for our kids I started really looking at all the ingredients in vaccines are and I can understand why parents are concerned

Regardless of your POV on this subject, it takes a pretty low person to say that they wish a child (Who does not actually get to decide if they should be vaccinated), would die.

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I'm very pro-vaccine because I think it's important to maintain herd immunity to protect people like Lisa's kids who can NOT be vaccinated due to medical reasons or family history. My kids have a friend who has a serious egg allergy & can't get certain vaccines, so I feel good that my vaccinated kids are helping protect him, but it kind of ticks me off that other parents want the benefit of my kids being vaccinated, but won't vaccinate theirs out of irrational fears and bad information.

That said, I completely disagree with the current vaccine schedule (EIGHT diseases at once at four months of age and THIRTEEN at fifteen months!) and I do believe that giving multiple vaccines to tiny immune-suppressed humans is akin to poisoning them. The human body can generally clear 5-10 micrograms of injected aluminum per day, but most vaccines contain between 150-300 micrograms of aluminum, and some contain as much as 650 micrograms! The CDC schedule has as many as nine shots given at once. I'll do the math for you: a healthy body able to process the maximum amount of aluminum every day, given nine shots containing the minimum amount of aluminum, will take 4.5 MONTHS to process all of that aluminum. It only gets worse if some of the vaccines have more aluminum or if the baby's renal system isn't functioning as well as it should.

Despite all that, I still believe that vaccines are a good thing overall, so I did everything I could to mitigate the impact on my kids. I opted to delay vaccination for both of my kids -- to six months for DD and four months for DS -- so they could get past the fragile newborn period without the addition stress of vaccination, and I delayed or declined some vaccines where I felt my kids' personal risk was low; I also moved up vaccines that were further back on my schedule, or added them, if my kids' risks changed. I only gave them vaccines for two or three diseases at a time, so if they got the DTaP or MMR shot, they didn't get anything else. And I spread the vaccines out, roughly every six weeks, partly because of the aluminum toxicity concerns I elaborated above but also for better immunity. It also takes 2-3 weeks for a healthy body to fully develop immunity to one disease; giving multiple diseases at once not only increases this time frame, it also diminishes the effectiveness of the vaccines which obviously isn't what you want when you vaccinate your kids.