Michelle: I'm glad that rotovirus is now on the Canadian schedule and that your son is is such a rock star! My littles cried at the needle prick (although my 3 yo doesn't anymore).
You might have noticed the thread "Not vaccinating does not equal anti-vax" http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1356043/not-vaccinating-does-not-equal-anti-vax
which is interesting to learn about how non vaccinating mother self identify.
They asked in that thread if everyone who vaccinates on schedule should be considered "pro-vax" which I thought was an interesting question too. This was my response:
I was just wondering what all you think about. I deliberately didn't label this thread "pro-vax" but rather "thoughtfully vaccinating" as I suspect that better describes those of us posting here who believe in vaccinations. Is that how you would self identify?
PSmum: I read the thread and felt a little sad for the mothers that felt bullied/pressured into vaccinating if they were uncertain or did not want to vaccinate their children. A parent should not be made to feel that way by their healthcare provider, even though my mamabear side doesn't relate (I hope I'm not attacked for this). To speak to your question though, we do thoughtfully vaccinate having looked at the relative risk associated with suffering/complications of VPDs and adverse vaccine-related outcomes. That said, if someone were to ask me if I were "pro-vax" I would also say yes because high vaccination rates also protects my kids and of course this is something that I also want. Does that make sense?