The debates in this forum were extremely helpful in my decisions about whether or not to vax dd2.
I fully vaxxed dd1 20 years ago and on... didn't question it. It wasn't in the media or the mainstream then, so I had no dialogue with anyone. Just did it.
Infertility and finally dd2 came along, and thanks to Mothering, I learned how to take really good care of myself emotionally and phyically and solve some other issues during my pg and breastfeeding months.
However, when it came to the vax issue I was really amazed at the differing and vehement opinions on this forum. And reading through a lot of it, I realized that again, I would fully vax. We delayed a fair amount to spread them out, because I do think vaccine reactions are real, and devastating at times. I don't think this should be downplayed at all, I certainly feel for parents who have an injury to a beloved child.
Ultimately, I have faith in the science of all of vaccines and will give dd2 almost all of the vaxes. I won't do hpv because I have some issues with that and will discuss it with dd when she's older.
Many of the antivax arguments on Mothering, with the paranoia, finger-pointing, accusations, and obvious all-out disdain for the medical field seem like they have some axe to grind. The arguments don't sound rational to me.
edited to make it clear it is the Arguments that don't seem rational, not the posters.
Edited by Buzzer Beater - 11/27/12 at 6:48pm