Hello. My name is Markus. I am a father of two children, a soon to be 4 year old girl and 2 year old boy. For some reason I have always been very conscientious about vaccines. We have our children on a delayed and alternate vaccine schedule. My daughter received HepB, Polio, Tdap and HIB. She also received one MMR and one PC. Only one vaccine at a time and always 4-6 weeks in between. Often longer.
Here is what I generally think about vaccines:
"I'm not denying the effectiveness of vaccines against deadly, crippling diseases like polio...but why does a newborn or 2 month old need a Hepatitis B vaccine when Hepatitis B is contracted in the same manner as HIV--through blood, semen and vaginal fluid? Are these babies shooting up heroin, having unprotected sex or engaging in other high-risk behaviors on the day of birth?
Why does an infant or toddler require a Chicken Pox vaccine when Chicken Pox is rarely (if ever) fatal? Same goes for HPV, influenza and measles. Vaccinations against deadly, pandemic diseases are indisputably necessary, but untimely vaccination against rarely lethal diseases or diseases children are unlikely to distract bear an unnecessary risk.
I also want to address the notion that unvaccinated children bring back diseases: The vast majority of adults are not up to date on their boosters, not even near up to date. Because vaccinations "wear off" after about seven years, most adults in the US are not vaccinated. There has been no increase in diseases like mumps, measles or rubella."
I was always concerned that vaccines could harm my children, but also know that statistically there is a likelihood they could contract a disease when they are not vaccinated.
Three months ago my perfectly healthy daughter was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes mellitus. Since then I took a closer look at the correlation between type-1 diabetes and vaccines. I found that there are several correlations.
Personally I feel that there is no evidence that vaccines prevent diseases. There is no causation to refer to. Its all correlational evidence.
I feel that there is enough evidence that pediatricians should warn parents of those side effects. Yet, we were not warned.
I am seriously thinking about filing a lawsuit. Pediatricians and the pharma industry needs to be held accountable for not fairly warning of serious possible side effects.
What does everyone else think about this?
Edited by usamaxe - 12/22/11 at 9:57am