If this has already been hashed our before, please, link me with those older threads, and my apologies.
For those who haven't already read my decisions to not give my girls their boosters, the short story is that I was dealing with *extreme* needle shyness, and it was preventing us from establishing a trusting relationship with their nurse. They used to cry and cry, even when they were done with their initial shots. So as boosters approached, I had to question whether or not I should continue, because the time was coming when I could no longer say, "There are no shots expected today."
So, I have declined for years now. I am not anti-vax, though my brain is truly reeling with all this information. I do know that they are old enough that I feel wrong enforcing vaccinations upon them.
I know there will be disagreements here, and I know the initial arguments that will come up. Some of you are going to feel like I'm putting potentially life-threatening decision in the hands of children.
If you want your children to decide themselves, what do you use to help them understand the issue? At 8yo? At 10? 14?
I posted here because I don't need all-support for my decision. My conclusion is not likely to change, but I want to hear from all sides.