A significant part of the reason I am so against vaccination is because it is incredibly painful to the baby. This is also why we forego any testing in Mama or Baby. I am curious if the "assault", the violation of so many "well-baby visits", of so many needles angers anyone else. I just can't imagine doing that to my child... repeatedly being stabbed and allowing someone to hurt my child physically (this is adjunct to the medical implications- I am well into that camp). I also don't understand why parents who do vaccinate don't opt for titers instead of, say, 5 doses of something they may not "need" to bring the acceptable antibody level up to prove to the school/state that they are "immune". IIRC something like 80% of children get up tpo that magic titer number with just one dose (depending on the vaccine- I am a little out of date- my oldest is 7).
I really don't want to fight- it's just a question. I sometimes wonder if I would "vaccinate" my children if it was a magic strawberry (or something pleasant) that had the same inefficiency as shots/needles to get through bureaucracy and if there were no side-effects.
I only got 7 vaccines as a kid (MMR, polio (oral), DTP - oh, and a tetanus booster that REALLY hurt for 3 days - and now I have autoimmune disease...). Receiving 7 shots as children my age did in NY at the time, nobody I knew died... anyway, those annual fingerpricks and the tetanus booster are the ones I remember and I remember feeling so violated and out of control- that my body was not mine, even at such a young age.
Edited by aggie pop - 2/16/13 at 2:31pm