Oh boy....where to begin. There are so many reasons for my decision. The first and foremost being that we were given an immune system by God to protect us (yes, I am religious and spiritual about this). The most important thing is to keep the immune system free from toxins (especially in children) so their systems have a chance to develop properly without being assaulted and bombarded. I believe they are much healthier this way. I don't agree with subjecting small children to the multitude of harmful ingredients in vaccines when no one knows what effect it is having on the child either immediately or in the future. I see the vaccine schedule today as a form of medical abuse. Seven shots in a baby? That is way WAY too much. Our bodies weren't created to handle so many viruses and subjection to so much at one time, especially newborns. It's not natural.
Vaccines are a risky procedure and are cetainly a gamble. But honestly, you are gambling either way. We all are. There are never guarantees in life. Let me just say this: If your child comes down with a "VPD" (I use that loosely as vaccines are not 100% effective) you may feel guilty for not vaccinating but if you get your child vaccinated for a "VPD" he/she may never end of getting and he/she has a terrible reaction/complication from the vaccine, you will feel terrible about that as well. The way I look at it is if a healthy child who is not exposed to so much crap in so little time, who actually has time to develop the immune system properly, and who takes preventative measures such as healthy diet, vitamins, proper caring for illness (actually treat the illness rather than cover up symptoms), that child will have a great chance to fight off illnesses and will fare well when it comes to fighting an illness/disease.
Another issue I have is with the recalls, such as the polio vaccine infected with the SV-40 virus in the 50s, and other recalls more recently with rotavirus vaccine. All they say is, "Ooopps, we did it again," after thousands of people have received that vaccine. They say they now know how to monitor things such as SV-40, etc., but what other viruses are out there that they don't even know about that can potentially be in the next batch?
Among the above, there are many others reasons for my decision such as lack of effectiveness, politics, safety, etc. The way they vaccinate children today without even knowing the effects vaccines are having on them is way too much of a gamble for me. To push vaccines on small children the way they do today with not enough evidence of their safety is too difficult to comprehend.
Anyway, hope you and hubby come to peace with whatever you decide Being a parent is certainly tough!
Edited by SilverMoon010 - 6/9/11 at 9:47am