Originally Posted by Marinlea
I don't know much about RSV except that it can be deadly. My guess is that is kills many, many, many more infants than the vaccine.
I'm not trying to tell anyone how to raise their children, just to research both sides of the vaccine equation-what is the incidence of side effects due to vaccines and also, what are the risks of actually catching RSV or whatever disease the vaccine targets? How many babies die of RSV, measles, whooping cough, dyphtheria versus die of the vaccines? While it does sometimes seem like there are way too many vaccines, there was a time when there were no vaccines and people had to keep their children away from playgrounds and school every time a polio case was diagnosed. Back then parents rushed to have their children vaccinated because these diseases were rampant and parents saw first hand how deadly they were. Now we become complacent, but those viruses and bacteria are still out there. Right now, an unvaccinated child has what is called "herd immunity"-everyone around him has had the vaccine, so there is nobody to give him the illness. As more and more people choose not to vaccinate, there will be more and more susceptible children and more holes in the herd immunity for the disease to slip through.
Just my take and yes, I am a scientist. I hope I don't come off condescending. Believe me, I don't mean to. I just hope people don't generalize among vaccines (varicella vaccine-aw heck, we all had chicken pox as kids and it was itchy but not life-threatening. Measles is a completely different beast-it kills and can cause lasting neurological damage). The link with autism has been completely debunked by some of the best research institutions in the world. It does stink to have a miserably feverish child up all night because of his shots, but think how much worse it would be to have a child struggling for breath because he has whooping cough?
While I don't know a lot about RSV except that most children do get it in infancy at some point, I've heard the "deadly" argument about a lot of other illnesses too. This is why it's a bit of a struggle.
I've heard that Chicken pox, mumps, measles...everything under the sun that there's a vaccine for, labelled as "deadly".
Yes, sometimes they are. But much more often than not, they're treatable. Also, polio was on the decline before the vaccine.
I'm not making light of RSV (or any other illness) in preemie infants-I do agree that they would have a much bigger fight ahead of them than the average infant.
That being said, they also have such fragile, new little immune systems that aren't developed, that vaccines could actually injure.
And while there's some truth to the "herd" community as well, this obviously isn't always the case, as vaccinated children still get these illnesses, sometimes even worse than those who aren't vaccinated, because their immune systems are so compromised.
Having suffered from a vaccine injury, the argument of "the benefits outweigh the risks" has always been really hard to handle, as I know first hand that this definitely isn't always the case.
The only reason they are entertaining the thought for this vaccine is because they already have so much against them- Which is the same reason that they're worried about doing it.
It's not my decision, bottom line. But they're having a hard time making the decision, as would I. I'm honestly not sure what I would do, which is why i'm asking questions.