Hi, when I was pregnant with my first son, my friend's baby had a reaction to the DTP shot. She cried for hours, went stiff all over and it was later determined that she had "failure to thrive." She passed away at 13.
During that time I began to research vaccines and my husband and I decided we wouldn't do them. At least not for the first few years. Too many risks, considering my friend's experience and the fact that our family on both sides are plauged with auto-immune diseases including RA, Sclero, Lupus, Chrones & more...
I breast fed for 2.5 years, found a pediatrician and chiropractor who supported our decision. We had another son and never questioned our decision -- we were well supported. Then we moved from a big city to a small country town where people have never heard of not vaccinating. We get lots of questions, but so far no real pressure. I simply had to sign forms at school and at our GP's office. I haven't done any recent research (and I'm sorry if this seems lazy, but I've been really sick with an autoimmune disease), but lately I've been asked and considering several questions:
Can someone please help me out by giving me some info about the following:
- If my boys step on a rusty old nail at a farmhouse, what should be done? (They are always playing around old country farms)
- My boys have never had titers ran so I do not know the state of their natural immunity. How much does that test generally cost and who would do it for me?
- If I find they are not immune to certain illnesses, which vaccinations should I 'selectively' consider?
- If they are not immune to Chicken Pox will they put their pregnant wives in danger?
- If my son decides to go into the Military, will he get "mass vaccination" or will they allow him this choice?
- Will a private or state college hold the "unvaxxed" status against him?
- If we decide to vaccinate at this age (14) what vax's would the doctor suggest (a few/all)?
Thank you! I have been reading the forum for several weeks now and I greatly appreciate the discussions.