I agree Angel - I wish it was more black & white.
I actually believe in the idea of vaccines - for more serious diseases. What I have issues with is the safety.
Maybe it's b/c of my son's experience and others I know (seizures etc) or maybe it's b/c I know that the drug companies are not completely honest and just out to make $$ (there's a thread in the vax forum about Merk being sued by employees for falsifying Mumps efficacy) I look at all the safety tested vaccines that they have put out in the past (old DTP etc) then recalled b/c it turns out they did more harm then good. What about the ones out there now - are they brushing all the side effects under the carpet to keep the vaccine out there?
I really would love to know that I could give my son the vaccine for this and know that he would be okay and be reasonably well covered (yes, I've read it takes 4 shots as well), but I have doubts about both and it's so frustrating! I don't like the scare tactics and threats - I have personal scary stories to tell for weeks about vax's & VPD's - I want the facts. But who has the facts - the drug companies out to sell their products, or the anti-vax community out to dispute everything they say?
In the end we all have to make informed choices for our families, based on all the info we can get. Then we have to trust that our decisions were the right ones and do the best to keep our families healthy.
I will say, I don't think there is anything wrong with asking extended family to stay away while they have ANY cold symptoms (but can visit otherwise). As for family in the house, you just have to deal with it as it comes. No reason to panic, but no reason to increase exposure just to make someone else happy.
Does anyone have any good info about the TDaP while breastfeeding? I know it's recommended by the medical side, but I'm wondering about the toxins getting passed through breastmilk. Breasmilk happens to be a good exit for many other toxins, and so I'm wondering about the extra vax ingredients (aluminum etc)
Will others be getting it while breastfeeding?