I understand it's confusing to say I have confidence in the current recommendations, because of this history of things changing based on new information, but that's how the scientific process has to work. It gives me confidence that the current recommendations are based on the best current evidence, and that if anyone changes they will be updated. I don't see how we can do any more than that.
But that's not the accepted view. The accepted view based on decades of studies and experience - whether or not you agree with it - is that vaccinations are generally extremely safe and prevent diseases which can have serious consequences.
So we get stuck again on this basic disagreement which colours all other discussion on vaccination policies and morals.
I just wanted to say this thread made me think. Made me realize saying "pro" something immediately makes you think "anti". I assume this is why it's prochoice, prolife (no one wants to be anti either of those things).
My username is meant as an expression of my love for science. It's not specific to my parenting choices or meant as a challenge to suggest others are antiscience, but I see now it might be taken as that.
I just looked to see if I could remove the "pro" ...
I agree - talking with the kids about why they're getting what they're getting is important.
The nurse in the UK who gave pre-school boosters to my son called them "scratchy medicine" which he still remembers.
The placebo effect is fascinating, and I hope gets studied more. I keep touting Ben Goldacre's "Bad Science", but it clearly had a big impact on my - also has a great discussion of the placebo effect.
I don't remember what Goldacr says about homeopathy, but I'm fairly confident it wouldn't have been complimentary.
By the way when I say science I mean the process (critical thinking, testing against evidence, being curious about how things work etc), not a set of facts.
The facts change, the process is the process.
And I picked my username because I love science (it's my job after all) not to try to make anyone feel bad or condescended too.