Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories!
It's fascinating to see the changes out perceptions and beliefs undergo as we grow, have new experiences to deal with, constantly looking for information / evidence to base our choices on. I was particularly impressed with the lengths Jugs went to, contacting Paul Offit himself (who some anti-vaxxers seem to think of as the Anti-Christ himself).
Me, I'm kinda coming from the opposite direction: I studied medicine, so I had a pretty good insight into the things diseases can and will do to a human body if you let them. So I'm vaxxed against pretty much ANYTHING (I traveled a lot, so I even got exotic vaxxes like yellow fever and rabies) and the same goes for my family. Anecdotal evidence: None of us has ever had a reaction that went beyond a rash and a little fever and we're all healthy as horses.
On top of that, right now, I'm not working as a doctor, but as a teacher. Some of my students have crunchy tendencies, and so they WILL ask me if vaxxing is safe.
I only know of one kind of circumstance where vaxxing is seriously dangerous: If you have an immune deficiency like this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severe_combined_immunodeficiency and you are immunized with a live vaccine.
Still, I'm on the lookout to see if I'm missing something (I'd be mortally embarrased if there was and I've been telling my students nonsense because I didn't do my research) and so I browse through the non-vax forums. So far though, I have found NO kind of risk to vaccination that would convince me that it presents more of a danger than not vaccinating.....
I'm keeping my eyes open though, just in case ^_~
For Turquesa, here's the most recent schedule for immunization here in Germany: It's in german, but you should be able to figure it out regardless. Top row is age in months, first column the diseases. I've alos posted a link to a good english / german translation site:
For Skyblufig , here's a link to a paper and the discussion of it which you might find interesting. It's about the connection between auto-immune diseases and vaccinating. Mind you, the study was done on mice, not humans, but it hints at things that might turn out to be relevant for humans too. Oh, and apparently, the OP didn't acutally read the study beyond the summary, so she missed a few important points, but I did and if you scroll down the first page, you'll find me commenting, analyzing the thing and its' significance best I can.