Okay, I'm a first-time mom-to-be and I've been hearing SO much from both sides on the vax/anti-vax debate... and I need help. Anyone?
Is there any vax specific info? For example, is there any "this one's okay, this one is not and here's why" type info out there?
On the anti-vax argument, I'm not buying the whole "vaccinations cause autism" theory ... I've done a lot of external research on autism and its link to mercury and other vaccine ingredients, AND I've looked at the originally published theory and was not impressed with its scientific significance it in the least. Are there other reasons not to vaccinate? What are they?
On the flip side of the coin, I am not convinced that all vaccines are entirely necessary either, and I'm not sure I buy the vax argument that kids in developed countries who are not vaccinated are the root cause of the supposed upswing in vaccine preventable diseases like mumps and measles. Especially because the same people that have talked to me about the necessity of all vaccines, also talk the necessity of circumcision to prevent disease and infection, and I DEFINITELY don't buy that argument!
I'm on the fence and I need to know more to be able to decide... because even NOT deciding is a decision that I may or may not want to make.