Originally Posted by stacey05
I found a blog today about a family who lost their 3 year old to hib last year. They are one of the PA families we heard about the beggining of the year in 2009. I cried for so long reading about her being in the hospital, being brain dead and then her family losing her. They seemed to be non vaxers because the Mom said she wished she had known about Hib and done differently. It was so sad! Seeing a face with the number or statistic was really hard. I have an unvaxed 3 yo and I cannot even imagine. I know there are countless stories of vaccine damaged children and even children who have died from vaccines. It is so hard to feel completely comfortable either way. I started rethinking the hib vaccine and, of course, I worry about making him more vulnerable to other bacteria that might move in and could cause invasive disease too. Does anyone know if vaccinating for hib will make your child more vulnerable to other meningitis causing bacteria? I haven't regretted my decision to not vax, but I don't think you can always change your mind and go get a vax...like in this mother's case...it was too late. Such a tough decision!
Stories like these ARE so sad!
For me, coming to the conclusion of being comfortable to go the non-vax route, I have had to accept in my mind that sometimes death is inevitable. Part of my faith in God includes believing that he has a plan, even though sometimes I may not like that plan. There are very sad cases where non-vaxed children get a "VPD" and die from it. But there are also many, many cases where fully-vaxed children die from something that is not preventable. To what extent are they going to keep making vaccines for things? Is there going to be a vaccine against cancer eventually? The list just keeps growing! We simply can NOT prevent every bad thing from happening, unfortunately...we are NOT God.
That being said, if my child were to die from a "VPD", I would find excuses and say "I wish I had ___" as well, that is just human nature.
These are just my personal thoughts, everyone has to figure out how to wrap their own mind around this topic:)