I had a severely allergic reaction to a vaccine when I was a baby. Stopped talking, stopped using one of my legs, had really high fevers and seizures. My mom told me that at the time (early 80s) that she was told that it was just a side effect and that she should keep vaccinating. I continued to have horrible reactions to vaccines. I'd get horrible, high fevers, swollen limbs, terrible sleeping patterns, seizures etc.
She didn't know that she had the option NOT to vaccinate. At the time, in the midwest usa, it was unheard of.
When it came time to vaccinate my kids, my mom told me about all of this. (I had no clue.) she had done a lot more research since then, and simply passed it on. She said that she wished she had known
about all of this at the time.
Her information got the ball rolling, and I did a lot of my own research, attended seminars and decided that it was in my childrens' best interest not to vaccinate.
So neither of them have been vaccinated for anything thus far. (ages 7 and 8) and they're both extremely healthy. They've not had one ear infection, no eczema, rarely have runny noses, and suffer from no allergies. Meanwhile, so many of their vaccinated peers are constantly ill-despite their annual flu shots.
By the way, has anyone heard about the newly found possible connection with the h1n1 vaccine and narcolepsy? Every time I read something like this, I find it so angering. Here (in Canada) there was all sorts of propaganda, commercials, billboards, magazine adds, pressuring the h1n1 vaccine. They made it sound as though you wern't doing your part as a citizen if you didn't get the shot. Or that you were an irresponsible parent if you opted out. Now this?! And for something as low risk as a flu?
I can understand why for some parents it's a difficult decision to opt out of some vaccines, like dpt and mmr...but imagine if you felt pressured to give your child the flu shot, and did, in spite of your doubt, and had a child plagued with narcolepsy?