I've been lurking since yesterday and really feel I've found my home. I have twin toddlers who I have not vaccinated at all yet. I have a grown child who did get most of the vaccines (except pertussis as he had a bad reaction to the first one). He now has asthma. I will always wonder if there is a connection since we have no history of asthma in our families. My pediatrician is being cool so far but I know she is unhappy with my decision and her boss leans on her really hard (talk about a pro vax Nazi, omg) in these matters.
Okay, anyway, I'm an RN who worked only with adults, not kids, retired for many years so a little bit rusty, and I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to vaccines and childhood diseases, I'm still learning. My medical background comes in handy in some unexpected ways, such as, that I know doctors and scientists make mistakes and engage in cover ups all the time, I know what big pharma is all about, and I can probably read medical literature a little easier than those who don't have a medical background. But beyond that, as I said, I'm still learning along with the rest of you. Where it becomes a real liability is when people find out we aren't vaccinating, then it's "And you call yourself a NURSE?" Then the shaming and belittling and general intimidation comes in. I'm pretty scrappy and can defend myself but have to admit, this is getting tiresome. I've had doctors online and in real life accuse me of misleading lay people when I ought to know better, etc.
Lately I've stopped telling people IRL. I do get drawn into some cyberspace brawls on the subject though. I'm kind of surprised at how divisive this issue is. There is simply NO discussing it reasonably. We on the cautious side are accused of fearmongering but in reality, it's the pro vax side that is engaging in fearmongering and wow they have done a bang up job on the public because many people think that if you refuse to vaccinate your kids, you are on the same level as a murderer. I have a friend, who is a pediatric nurse, who doesn't vaccinate and she was point blank called a murderer by someone she thought was a friend.
I have made a decision to stay off the topic except in a supportive environment, like here. Maybe I will take up the battle flag again when I feel a bit more knowledgeable and secure. I've been reading NVIC's website and I read Dr. Stephanie Cave's book as well as Dr. Sears' book on autism. I have a couple of questions for the ladies here - do we have any immunologists and neurologists on our side? Because the pro vax fascists make mincemeat of Dr. Tenpenney for being a DO and Dr. Cave for being a lowly pediatrician. Any other advice or support is appreciated. Glad I found you! Oh, and p.s., I do feel insecure about not vaccinating but I feel even more insecure about vaccinating, which is why we rejected out of hand the current schedule and recommendations. I may selectively vaccinate at school age. I haven't decided yet. For now, I think I belong here in this forum.