I decided not to vaccinate my kids (except for my first who received 3 doses of DTaP starting at 12 mos. old but stopped because it caused me to much anxiety everytime she got one, eventhough she never reacted to it in any way) but every time I read something like this it makes me start to doubt myself and my decision to do what I think it right for my kids....
The article said that after reviewing more than 1000 scientific articles, experts at the Institute of Medicine found the controversy over certain vaccines and autism was completely unfounded. And it also went on to say that the report did find evidence of rare vaccine-related adverse effects that can range from mild seizures to fainting. But for most of the more than 150 possible reactions studied, experts found there wasn't data to know if there is a link to vaccines. It also said a lot of parents are worried that all the vaccines that babies are supposed to have will overload their immune systems but the "experts" say that eventhough they give more vaccines than they did in previous generations that they are actually stressing the immune system LESS!! ?? That they can comfortable say that they are not overstressing the immune system. WTH??!! I just don't see how that COULDN'T stress the immune system.
Yes we know that the direct link to between MMR and autism has been "debunked" as they put it but it seems I can't find anything other than psuedo-science (as my brother put it) to show that they are NOT safe. I know that deep down in my heart and just plain common sense is making me stand firm in my decision to not vax my kids but does anyone else ever have doubt? I do still believe that vaccines can *trigger* autism in kids that might otherwise be fine, but I now think that the child has to already be predisposed to it.
I hope this doesn't offend anyone...I am still not vaxing my kids but just having some self doubt..... I wish that I could find a good study done by at LEAST some kind of professor or PHD in the medical field that would give me some more reassurance. I have read thru some of the PINK Book but haven't finished it yet.