Hey guys! I am not meaning to pour salt into any wounds or really have a debate on this site. After all, I want us to remain friends and I would not be surprised at all if we have differing views on this topic. However, there is a great post that I think those who are interested should take a look at. It is a debate regarding vaccines in the medical community. It is also a blog I love for obvious reasons.
Once again, hope not to offend...
Thanks for the link. It's always interesting to hear both sides of the debate. I know people have their reasons for not vaccinating. It's kind of a personal choice. Although, I don't know if our school district here would accept children who haven't been vaccinated. They are sticklers about getting the documentation.
If you have friends who don't vaccinate, and you do - then you help protect their children too. Its called herd immunity. Plus, if your children are around those who aren't vaccinated then it is more important that they are. But, like I said, I am not going to crucify anyone who things differently. I am glad I am not a pediatrician though!
Completely provaccine here too! Thanks for the link, I get so frustrated sometimes when I hear people's reasons for not vaccinating. It's nice to actually hear someone ELSE go on about how frustrated they are too.
The benefits FAR outweigh the risks. So happy when I see other mommies vaccinating and speaking out about how important it is.
I can certainly understand the viewpoint of people who vaccinate. And I can understand the viewpoint of people who don't.
As a Registered Nurse, and someone who has done more hours of research than I can ever tell you on the subject, what is unsettling to me is the way the author of the blog spoke about mother's who choose not to vaccinate their kids.
And yes, I distrust doctors but that's because I have worked with a lot of them and I have seen family members seriously hurt by doctor's not doing their jobs properly (that's a story for another time). I do my research and I feel that I am as informed as anyone can be.
My son is almost 5, and he has gotten nearly all of his vaccines. They've been one at a time, spaced out, and started after age 2.
My daughter is not yet 2 years old, though she has had one vaccine, but I chose to hold off on the rest of them until she gets a little older.
No, I don't think vaccines cause autism, but they do contain preservatives and other additives that I simply DO NOT agree with. Plus, I personally don't believe that injecting tiny babies with so many viruses, preservatives and other chemicals is the safest way to go.
I AM informed and very well read on the subject. I know the risks. I am saying this as respectfully as I can, and my anger is NOT directed at you ladies, but at the author of that blog post that was mentioned. "Man up?" Seriously?! Why doesn't she "man up" and accept the fact that mothers can be educated and well informed WITHOUT a MD behind their name? I've had to tell doctors what to do too many times, both as a RN and as an advocate for family members, so I don't appreciate her acting like mothers who don't vaccinate are stupid, ignorant or anything else.
God gave me these children and trusted me to make the best decisions possible for them. Pardon me for not trusting in modern medicine or in the opinions of other HUMANS who think they know it all. It's the government that mandates that everyone be vaccinated and look how well they're doing at running our country. Am I going to put the lives of my children in their hands? Heck no. *IF* I vaccinate my children, it will be on my own schedule and as I feel comfortable.
If a respectful discussion is to be had on this topic, then well researched and written articles should be suggested instead of extremely biased and hate-filled arguments like the one posted.
And again...my anger is at the author of the blog, not at any of you ladies.
I understand you being upset and not trusting doctors. I wanted to keep this a respectful discussion and show that even doctors worry about giving a lot of shots at once for a variety of reasons. I do think my child is exposed to a variety of substances - mostly via crap bought at walmart and target and we do not know the long term effects of that or trace pesticides or all food preservatives. Yet i still crave and eat kraft. Some of those doctors have taken care of children who died from vaccine prevantable illness. I know a mother whose child died of pertussis because some careless adults did not get their tdap. As a nurse everytime you give tdap, pneumovax and the influenza vaccine you do a small act which may prevent the illness or death that grandma can inadvertantly expose their precious grandchild to. I know physicians who have chosen to to gradually vaccinate their kids. I also know how much more common h flu meningitis was in babies before the vaccine was available. Your child faces less risk because some of us vaccinate thus creating herd immunity.
You sound like you work hard to protect patients and i have also dedicated my life to this, often at the detriment of my family.