I recently took my 3.5 year old son to the doc's surgery when he had an asthma attack, and saw a nurse, who when she found out he wasn't vaccinated at all (they always seem to ask routinely, 'Is he up to date with his vaccinations?'), was absolutely horrified and wouldn't drop the subject, although I was firm and brief, saying I'd done the research and concluded that they were proven neither to be safe nor necessarily effective. Anyway, she wouldn't drop it even when I said I didn't want to get into a discussion, having been put under negative pressure from a previous doctor at another surgery. She went on to tell me about the Meningitis vac and how important it is to have that one even if I have no others, telling me how the disease comes on suddenly and how fatal it can be, etc. It all did sound alarming. I do know people who have lost children to Meningitis but this was years ago and I think they were vaxed anyway.
I would like to know if anyone has specific info on Meningitis and how to maybe prevent it etc, and the efficacy of the specific vaccines... because it has frightened me a bit...and it seems like unlike Measles etc, it's less of a case of the body just strengthening itself through exposure to these illnesses. The nurse also pointed out that as the main reason to avoid vaccines tends to be fear of developmental disorders, now that he is older that is less of an issue. Which I don't agree with because the immune system doesn't mature till around 6 as I understand it. Anyway, any info or opinions would be very useful! I'm starting to dread going to the doctor.