To clarify, I consider myself a non-vaxer. Actually, maybe a selective vaxer might be more appropriate, since I might consider giving certain vaccines IF (and only IF) I truly believed that the risk of any given disease outweighed the risk of its vaccine. I have a 16 month old and he has had no shots. I hope he doesn't ever need any. But I'm curious as to what other parents feel on this issue--are there any vaccines that you feel you might consider giving, or any VPD that worry you more than others?
- topicVaccinationstagged by VeryLovingMama, 1/22/13
Related Forum Threads
- Worried about measles in NYC Last post on Today at 7:58 pm in I'm Not Vaccinating
- Action Alert: RI proposes worst vaccine regulations ever Last post on Today at 10:09 pm in I'm Not Vaccinating
- Sodium Ascorbate Last post on Today at 12:40 pm in I'm Not Vaccinating
- Measles outbreak on cruise ship Last post on Today at 5:53 pm in I'm Not Vaccinating
- "Vaccines are Safer than the Illnesses they Prevent" Last post on 3/8/14 at 8:02pm in I'm Not Vaccinating
My Vaccine Info
Last edited: 3/4/13
- Vaccinations: Why All the Fuss?Last edited: 12/26/13
- Resources for Non-vaccinating FamiliesLast edited: 1/18/13
- Frontline's War on Selectively Vaccinating ParentsLast edited: 3/14/13
- In Britain 12-Year-Olds Vaccinated Without Parental ConsentLast edited: 3/8/13
As a non-vaxer, is there any VPD that concerns you enough that you have considered (or might...post #1 of 101/22/13 at 11:56amThread Starterpost #2 of 101/22/13 at 1:39pm
Maybe Tetanus...but I'm not convinced the vaccine is even effective anyways. I think I sat on the fence until DD1 was about 2 years old. I was mostly convinced to not vax at all, but would waiver occasionally and wonder if I should do a few. Needless to say, I eventually settled on my decision not to vax, and I'm really happy with that decision. Good luck!post #3 of 101/22/13 at 1:51pmpost #4 of 101/22/13 at 1:58pmpost #5 of 101/22/13 at 2:28pmpost #6 of 101/23/13 at 6:16am
The short answer is no. The risk I assign to a VAD for my family comes down to its prevalence and typical course of the disease. For my youngest, who is prone to chest issues, the risk I assign comes down to prevalence, and if the disease typically goes to the lungs. I weigh all this against efficacy of the vaccine and safety risks of the vaccine. Despite looking at this issue for years, I have no real handle on how safe vaccines are. I don't think it is knowable, actually (I am like an agnostic of vaccine reactions). I am hardly inclined to give my kids a preventative pharmaceutical when I believe the risks are unknowable.
I do think my youngest will have to face a decision about chicken pox as she ages. She is my only child not to have had CP. CP is not dangerous in children (ergo the non vax) although does have a higher complication rate in adults. It can also lead to birth defects. who knows what the prevalence rate will be when she reaches adulthood. That will be her decision to make as adult, though, not mine.post #7 of 101/23/13 at 9:04ampost #8 of 101/23/13 at 9:07amQuote:
Vaccine availible disease.
I do not like VPD, as it is not always true. Plenty of people still get the flu, pertussis, chicken pox, etc...despite being vaccinated. The lack of diseases such as diptheria have more to do with good sanitation and living conditions than vaccines.
Edited by kathymuggle - 1/23/13 at 2:43pmpost #9 of 101/23/13 at 10:25ampost #10 of 101/23/13 at 6:37pmQuote:
You know I never thought about rabies! I was offered the opportunity to get the vax long ago when I worked in a shelter. I turned it down for various reasons, one of which was the protocol that if a dog bit, they were immediately taken in back to euth and remove the head and send to the state lab to check the brain (only way to test for rabies), and it was done pretty quick bc the status had to be known so anyone in contact would recieve treatment if it was positive. This was before I had given too much thought to vaxing, but for some reason voluntering myself for the vax was not on my priority list and I heard nasty things about side effects from those who had gotten it (the preemtive vax, not the treatment).
So I agree that since stopping vaxes for DD at 4mos due to bad reactions, for her especially, the risk of vaccine reaction is far greater than her risk of contracting these diseases so we will take things as they come and go from there.
- Vaccinations: Why All the Fuss?
- › BUMPS and Belly Shots!! 25 seconds ago
- › Action Alert: RI proposes worst vaccine regulations ever 5 minutes ago
- › Anyone else still 'in the closet'? 9 minutes ago
- › The Fertility Challenged One Thread - Spring 2014 14 minutes ago
- › Did your p/g symptoms reduce with subsequent pregnancies? 15 minutes ago
- › Newbie here! 17 minutes ago
- › Postpartum Thread! 19 minutes ago
- › I'm thinking I'm on my way out 20 minutes ago
- › Pregnancy Photo Contest Sponsored by Sacred Pregnancy, Nordic... 40 minutes ago
- › ~*~ The TTC ONE Thread~*~ March 2014 43 minutes ago
- › Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver by ss834
- › Pyur Diaper Balm by MimiPilla
- › Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Balm, Fragrance Free, by KatelynRose
- › Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor with 2.5"... by thebessmartinfo
- › Happy Heiny's One Size Cloth Diapers by SquirmyWorm
- › Homesteader's Kitchen, The: Recipes from Farm to Table by Monica S
- › Rainbow Light Just Once Prenatal One Multivitamin, 90 Tablets by glwilson22
- › Bear Stays Up for Christmas by rosemarievpaulson
- › The Night Before Christmas by rjdoghouse
- › The Polar Express by sassyfirechick
- › Okay to Leave Kids in the Car While Popping... by Melanie Mayo
- › Laundry Zen by Laura Grace Weldon
- › High Needs Mother by BrainChild
- › Homebirth Forum Guidelines by Cynthia Mosher
- › Disclaimer by Cynthia Mosher
- › Does Siri Thwart Social Intelligence? by Melanie Mayo
- › Homeschooling with YouTube by SavvyHomeschool
- › Closing the Door On Childbearing by Melanie Mayo
- › A Journey Through Childhood with Seuss by Melanie Mayo
- › Belly Binding for Prenatal Comfort and... by Kristen Tea