This is all the more reason to not do the vaccinations. First, on the Hep B, a pregnant lady walking past your child in a store is not going to get Hep B from your child. In fact, hep B is not even an acute illness, meaning, your child won't just get it and have it for a week and be contagious to anyone who breathes his air. No one he comes in to normal contact with, would get Hep B from him, so do not worry yourself about your child potentially getting Hep B and passing it to some innocent bystander, who has cancer or something so they are unvaccinated, but happen to be hanging out in public standing next to your child.
About the chicken pox shot, I was already not doing it before I became prolife. You see, it did not come to the states until the late 90's. My first two children are older than that. They actually got the chicken pox right around the time the shot came out. The disease was so mild, ordinary, other than interesting spots. I was actually a bit shocked that there was even a shot for it. My first child never even had a fever. The second child had a fever and was miserable for a few days. They both had spots, tons of them. That is it. So, they never had the shot. By the time I had another child, the shot had been out a few years. The shot had been out 5 yrs pretty much, in fact, when that child turned a year and would have had the shot. I was quite involved in the public schools at the time and had friends and family who worked in the schools. AND, kids were getting chicken pox despite the shot! Later, it was concluded that the shot wore off and everyone who gets the first one, needs to get another one every so often. I think it is every 10 yrs, but these shots have often been wearing off sooner. This shot is not very effective. And it might prevent your child from having the disease for the first 10-20 years, and then your child gets the disease in the 20's...childbearing years. Chicken Pox is pretty innoculous, unless you are much older when you get it, like an adult. What happens, if I get my child the shot at 1, and then again at 11 and then she is 21 and I call her and say...go someplace and get that shot. Will she? But what if she is pregnant with my grandbaby? Then she cannot get the shot...will she get the disease while pregnant?
I don't want to complicate my children's lives. And I like to keep things natural when possible. SO, I let my children get the disease naturally and be immune for life. I am well aware that the rare person will get chicken pox a 2nd time, but that is rare for someone who had the disease. That is common and usual for someone who had the shot.
Should we touch on the fact that there are many little child now, who had the chicken pox shot, who have gotten shingles as preschoolers! It used to be an elderly person's disease, now it is happening to little children. The solution? Another vaccination of course! It is just a vicious cycle that I opted out of for my children.
Originally Posted by Cotton01
In response to NYMOM07...
you had writen that "I have more a philosophical exemption to certain vaccines, but since ny state doesnt allow for that type of exemption, I need more of a religous based reason-"
My question to you is - Isn't that lying? Do you often use your religious beliefs as an excuse to get out of - or allow you to - do something that otherwise is not true?
In our household, we teach our children to look at the reasons they are using - and see if it supports our religious beliefs of being true and fair.
And, on a separate note - do you even think about how your choice to NOT vaccinate your healthy child could negatively affect another child that is unable to receive the vaccination because of medical reasons, or the devastating effects it would have on an un-vaccinated pregnant woman and her unborn child? I know you believe that you would take your child out of school if there were cases in the classroom, but it takes between 2 and 3 weeks before symptoms of chicken pox even appear.
For all of these reasons, I would ask you to rethink your decision to refuse vaccinations for your children. Remember: to thine own self be true - and - do not harm another!