I don't know exactly what it is that I need to know.
I'm firmly against vaccines and my kid's dad is firmly in favor of them (barring two specific ones where he agrees with me). We both feel the way we do because we are concerned about her health, but we've come to different conclusions as to the best way to protect her. I feel that she's more likely to be harmed by the vaccines than the diseases, and he feels that she's more likely to be harmed by the diseases than the vaccines, and is also concerned about the possibility of her spreading it if she does catch one.
After looking through the literature, Hepatitis A and B are the only diseases for which a vaccine is available that I feel are both common enough and bad enough to actually be concerned that my child may eventually pick it up at some point in her life.
Chicken pox is another one. I've had chicken pox before, so I'm not particularly concerned about her getting it, except I've heard if someone hasn't caught it by a certain age that it can cause complications when they do get it. The only thing I need to know about that one right now is at what age it starts to become a problem, so that when she gets closer to that age we can review the literature on it and make a decision.
My kid is seven, hasn't had any vaccines so far, and is healthy, but I need to make a decision before she goes to the doctor's on Tuesday about Hepatitis A. I feel that Hepatitis B is a worse/more common disease, but because of the way it's transmitted that she's unlikely to get it at this age, so we can wait on that one a while longer. While I'm mostly concerned about the vaccines, and though I have looked up info on the diseases hepatitis A and B a bit, to the point information on the diseases would also be helpful.
My kid is smart enough and old enough to understand what I'm talking about when I discuss vaccines with her and what my concerns are. I've told her dad that he needs to discuss how he feels about vaccines with her as well.
I've heard the horror stories about vaccines, but we both know that not everyone who gets a vaccine has a horrible reaction from them. I've had a bad reaction from a vaccine, as have other members of my family, but not from every vaccine I've ever taken. I've decided that I will never get another vaccine for myself ever again.
My kid's dad and I argued about vaccination at length today. I need something to the point, to either explain to me why I should let the doctor inject my daughter with the vaccine, or to explain to her dad (and her) why she shouldn't get the vaccine. I also need a short list of questions that the doctor can briefly answer before she is injected, and what answer would indicate that she shouldn't get injected, and what answer would be sufficient to let her get it.
I also need to know what to look out for if/after she has a vaccine. Also, are there any vitamins/etc. that she should take that would be beneficial after being vaccinated? I know that with the MMR vaccine (or if you catch measles) you're supposed to take vitamin A, but what about with the hepatitis vaccine?
I have the list of ingredients ( http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf ), but don't know how much of each one is in there or how concerning each ingredient is. I've heard about mercury in vaccines a while back, and there doesn't seem to be any in the hepatitis vaccines, but have only recently heard about aluminum in vaccines. One question is about the specific form of aluminum. I've heard that aluminum is bad, but what about aluminum hydroxide and amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate? Another question is, even if all the other ingredients in the vaccine were safe, how does the vaccine itself, the little bits of virus your body is supposed to develop antibodies against, affect people?