First, it was the adding in of the Chicken Pox vaccination. I was not going to do that one. My older children were born before the vaccination was in the states and already had the pox and it just seemed to me that natural is better and we know more about natural and my children would be immune once they had it naturally and so on. I could not figure out why they would even bother with a vaccination for something like chicken pox. Yet, I did not question the other shots.
Then, I had more children, 5.5 yrs after the youngest of the older children. There were lots more shots on the list of shots to get. I asked the doctor..why are there so many more shots, she just said the children need them. So I thought of course my older children "needed" these new shots too. So I said then I guess I better bring in my older children for these shots too. See, when my baby then was born, my older children were 5 and 6 yrs old. And they were in public school where they would be exposed to so much more than my breastfed at home baby. Yet, she said my older children did not need the additional shots. Huh? Really? I did not get why a newborn baby needed a bunch of shots that a 5 and a 6 yr old would never need. But, still, it did not register with me. We continued to just do every shot they asked for.
Then the Hep A shot came out. I asked..isn't that an acute illness that people generally get over? They said it used to be, but now, it is too hard to treat so there is a shot for that too. Again, I should have questioned it. Especially since the way my son got the shot was I left the room to go to the bathroom (I was pregnant at the time) and came back to my son screaming because the nurse came in, without my knowledge, and was trying to give him the shot. I stupidly let her go ahead and give him the shot.
Then, the HPV shot was suddenly passed by emergency order by the Governor here in Texas. For 11 yr olds! And the shot wears off in 4 yrs! That is when I decided enough! I was in shock. I started thinking back to my life growing up. I loved my uncle. He was a lawyer for RJ Reynolds, the biggest Tobacco Company out there. He did an excellent job in congress, as he would put it "buying and selling politicians" to keep tobacco companies being allowed to do all they were doing back then. I mean...cigarettes don't cause cancer....right? There were even signs up at his office building that said "Thank you for smoking." Seriously...I feel like that was blood money. They should have had signs up that said "thank you for giving us money to kill you and the ones around you." It would have meant the same thing.
Then I saw that pharmaceutical companies had the highest spending in congress of any other catagory of lobbying. And the declared spending is just a very small part of lobbying. The big companies pay for many many things that can go down as philothrampic giving rather than lobbying money. The money contributed to campaigns is kept at a limit. Of course, if a lobbyist says "hey congressman, how about we meet for a couple hours for lunch to discuss this, how about Hawaii, for a week or two, bring the family, we will pay" well..they can. It is not considered a contribution. Scholarship funds to the expensive private schools like the Friends School in the DC area. Money being funneled in to the projects that congresspeople are trying to keep up and going, that they are sponsoring....none of that is counted in the lobbying money amounts.
The point is, how is law made? Is it a bunch of innocent people, unmoved by money or otherwise, making laws for our own good? No. It is a bunch of politicians who answer to those who fund their lives. So how did the vaccination laws come to be? Politicians, lobbyists. It is not really as simple as the cutesy little school house rock jingle they would play on TV about how a bill is passed, it is was more complicated than that.
So why is the list in place that is there for the vaccinations...and why are we giving these shots to newborns? And what shots have we, as adults had?
I am against giving my baby, or any of my children, any shot I have not had. I never get adults anymore who take their children in for shots that they don't get for themselves. And on the HPV shot, HPV can only be transmitted through intercourse. Every single time someone tells me they got their poor little 11 yr old the HPV shot, I wonder if they also got the child the depo shot or some other form of birth control. Because if their 11 yr old is having sex, they have lots more to worry about than just HPV. They should seriously considering family counseling, help for the child, or whatever else, regarding their 11 yr old having intercourse. I do not know anyone personally who would give their 11 yr old that shot, but if I did, I would not really want my children to have relationships with a sexually active 11 yr old. Reality is though, I think most parents who force that shot on those children simply are clueless as to what that shot is (and that it is banned in several countries due to the high amounts of devastating effects on many of these girls). I also think that sexual health should be 100% the choice of the child. So if your child is going to be given the HPV shot, they need to understand what the shot is, what it prevents, how they could prevent HPV without the shot (don't have intercourse). If someone feels their 11 yr old is too young to have that talk, then the 11 yr old is definitely too young for the shot. I am disgusted that that pharmaceutical company has gotten away with advertising that it is a shot for cervical cancer, when it is not. It is a shot for a sexually transmitted disease that could potentially be a contributing factor to cervical cancer (HPV is present in 70% of the women diagnosed with cervical cancer, but it is present in 50% of the general population, and the shot only vaccinates against 4 strains total out of several, AND it wears off within 4 yrs, AND it has been suspected that the shot itself could cause cancer, just like the chicken pox shot can cause shingles).
Why do they give the shots to children instead of adults? Because they were more likely to get the children in to the office. Because they can withhold a public school education from kids if they do not get the shots. Because the little babies are at the doctors office anyway for well check ups, perfect time to make sure you can sell the product to any uninformed parent, which seems to be most of the parents (I certainly was for many years).
SO...then..I started going through piece by piece, researching each and every shot. I researched the disease..is this a bad disease? Does it still exist? Is the disease worse than the shot? Will the shot wear off soon? Am I willing to inject this shot in to my own body? That last one is a biggie. If the answers are no, I won't do the shot.
I did get myself and my older children the DTP. I did not get it for the baby. IF I thought the DTP was that important, I would get it for the older people who come in contact with my baby before I would get it for the baby. I don't really think the DTP shot is that important. Also, regardless of the disease, I will not use any vaccinations made from human embryos. That I stand strong on. I did not used to be prolife, but I am now and I am adament about my feelings over this. I have had 2 babies die and several miscarriages. My children were people. The babies used to make those shots were people. But babies are often discounted as expendable. I refuse to be a part of that. Even if the companies continue to do what they do to make those shots, I won't be a part of it. I was shocked to learn about how some of those shots were made.
In the end....well..that is just my story. I do happen to have 2 sons with ASD, but my decision has nothing to do with autism. However, regardless, if people are going to do the shots, I would recommend vaccinating the older people around the child and postponing the shots for the child until the child is over 3 yrs old.