Hello. I just found this forum when I was searching about what others who choose not to vaccinate thought about the recent news surrounding the rise in cases of measles. Anyway, it's been encouraging to read through these posts.
I am a mom to five kids: b/18; b/16; g/14; g/12; b/10 ----we homeschool all five----
I will admit that just my three boys have received any type of vaccine and it was a tetanus shot after a specific type of injury that each received at various times in their lives. When we took our oldest in after an injury to get him the tetanus, we were stern that we ONLY wanted that one shot and not the D & P that they try to group together. After some resistance, we got our way.
I have found it to be very interesting (and am wondering if anyone here has any knowledge or theories) that NONE of my five children have ever had the chicken pox. My oldest (now 18 yr) had blood drawn when he was 17 to see if he had a natural immunity to it but the result was "no". Now what is very interesting is that my husband has had Shingles five times. Could there be any connection (or is it coincidence) that none of our "five" kids have had the chicken pox; however, my husband has had Shingles "five" times? Thoughts?
I have been torn regarding the chicken pox vaccine. I don't *want* to give-in but keep hearing about the increased dangers if contracting chicken pox as an adult. Any thoughts?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this & respond. My gut/heart tells me I'm doing the right thing. It just seems to be increasing hard to stand firm....especially when some people say that it's "people like YOU (who don't vaccinate) that are causing these diseases to come back". I don't know how to respond.
I look forward to reading your replies.