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Thread: vacancinating your baby/child
October 5th, 2013 11:01 AM #46Senior Member
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I have some sympathy for those who question whether or not to vax. I'm fairly crunchy, and at one time thought I may want to avoid some vaccinations for future kids. I've personally never gotten a flu shot.
But, in my (very limited) research since being pregnant, I haven't found any truly compelling arguments, especially re: the autism issue. And, while I've heard of other types of side effects from bad reactions or allergies to the vax, the percent risk of those seems very small in comparison to the risks of catching deadly diseases.
But, mainly, we will vax for this reason: we currently live in a country where health care is limited and people still DO die of tetanus, TB, and other diseases that are rare in the US. We ourselves get shots that are not usually given in other countries, like Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, and rabies, because we're at greater risk of those here. Also, there's no guarantee of quick treatment, depending on where you are in the country when you contract the disease...so, yeah. There is no way I'm taking the very real risk of my kid getting tetanus because of the very small risks of a negative side effect of the vax.
Also, I don't want to sound judgmental of non-vaxers, because I do think there are some people who might have legit concerns or reasons to avoid them (especially people with compromised immune systems, etc). That said, my perspective after having lived here for a while DOES make me think that choosing to NOT vax is a privilege people in developed countries have because in those countries so many major diseases have been almost totally eradicated. And, they have largely been eradicated through nearly-universal vax programs. I find the arguments from the history of polio, pertussis, etc and the affects of the vax on those numbers pretty compelling.
So...not vaxing is not a luxury we have because of where we live. And it seems clear to me that that is directly connected to the fact that there's still far from universal vax here.
October 5th, 2013 02:00 PM #48
Another reason to vax is because many programs and schools require it. I know someone who was recently rejected from a training program because he wasn't vaccinated as a child.
October 6th, 2013 10:21 PM #50Senior Member
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I am curious why some people opt not follow the vaccination schedule but rather choose 'space out' the vaccinations. Can anyone explain the reasoning behind this choice for me?Mama to twin boys Oliver Graham and Luke Axel
October 9th, 2013 04:11 PM #54Senior Member
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