Originally Posted by elvenom
I saw the episode too and it scared the hell out of me! My son is 4 and not vaccinated for anything. Of all of the vaccines the MMR one was always one of the scariest to me. But, while i think the episode was CRAZY, I am sure that there are some children out there who HAVE died from complications from measles. While it may be a low number, it can happen to anyones child right? Mine, yours?
I guess the question is more to do with what risks you find acceptable or unacceptable. Life is full of risk. Sure there's the vax vs. unvax question specifically for these diseases. Then there's driving with your child in the car. Which is riskier? I don't know for certain, but I bet driving with your child in the car is more risky that the risk of catching and dying from measles and more risky than the risks posed by the vaccine.
How do you accept one risk yet reject another? And when choosing between two very low risk scenarios, how is it that at the same time, you can be comfortable doing something much more risky, statistically, to your child's wellbeing?
I'm not trying to be argumentative, just trying to show that your risk either way (vax or no vax) is low and almost certainly lower than other risks you take with your ds' health/life on a regular basis. Try to put it in that context to help you drain away quite so much emotion, and approach it in a more logical, rational manner. It might help you feel more comfortable with your choice (vax or nonvax).