I just wanted to point out that I have known several children, and was one myself, who chose to get regular shots. I started allergy shots before I was 10. I understood the pain of the shots and made the decision that I was willing to put up with that for the possible reward of less severe allergies. My 14 year old niece has made the same decision. Just today, though, my 12 year old DD decided she is *not* willing to go through the shots to lessen her allergies.
Not the same thing, but it is a shot/reward situation.
I agree. I don't vax so my post was written from a nonvaxer point of view. I just couldn't see handing my child all of this research material on vaccines when they are a teen and saying "Go knock yourself out. It's your decision. Your old enough now." Kids just don't understand all of the fear-mongering and politics out there that I couldn't see giving them this responsibility. Not vaccinating is the default though, so it's easier for me to say all of this because what kid is going to come to their parents and say they want to get vaccinated? If it was the other way around and I vaccinated completely and stood by vaccines totally and my child came to me one day and said they didn't want anymore, I don't know how I'd feel. It makes for a different situation. Tough call and perhaps a double standard.