Hi mamas! I selectively vaxed my daughter who is turning three in a couple of weeks. I want to check
in with my selectively vaxing peers and see if there is anything else I should vax her for at our
upcoming appointment. I did A TON of research when she was born. I read Sears' book, and the
Mothering boards of course, but I also read the CDC pink pages for all the vaxed diseases,
and made charts with percentages of serious vaccination complications versus
percentages of contracting the disease weighed against seriousness of the
I also went to hear a talk by a local MD (that felt a bit useless, as by that point
I felt that I had done more research than her talk), and did a few more bits of research.
At the time I felt like I was making an ultra informed decision.
Unfortunately, I didn't record my process, and didn't really anticipate I might
want to revisit (or share the details with others much later!), and now I'm
wondering about whether or not I might want to vax her for anything else at this
point. So, I guess I'm asking to be in dialogue with other mamas who have also
researched heavily, and selectively vaxed.
Here's what I did:
-HiB (actually all but last shot, but by that time she was out of the most
dangerous period so I decided to skip it and have never chosen to give it since,
so she is 70-80% vaxed for HiB).
I did the above slowly, one shot per visit, with homeoathic and other support
pre and post vaccination.
I *really* don't remember details or specifics, but I remember the broad strokes
of some of the arguments against pneumoncoccal vax had to do with there being so
many strains and that the vax may contribute to strains not included in the vax
being more likely to develop into meningitis (or is it pneumonia?) in a
vaccinated child, etc. ... *something* along those lines
And then MMR being that those childhood diseases (measles/mumps) are both rare
and relatively mild and a rubella vax can be had for a girl at puberty, not such
a young age ...
Chicken pox still on the fence ... hear arguments for wild caught (not that
that's even possible these days) and also good arguments for vax
Is there another one?
Thanks in advance so much! This time I promise to take notes :).