I absolutely understand where you are coming from. I have decided on no vaccines for my daughter (now 5 mos. old) and I have put a lot of time and research into this issue. It is very upsetting to have someone who has done no research at all tell you that you are endangering your child or that you are crazy. At first I was going to do an alternative vaccine schedule that a naturopath had made for my daughter because even I, at one point, felt that no vaccines seemed scary and wrong. I never immediately dismissed all vaccines but researched each one individually and realized that none of them, in my opinion, seem to have more benefit than risk. So why is it that at times I find myself consumed with the fear of my child getting sick with one of the "vaccine preventable" diseases? Maybe it is because I have the fear that I will be blamed for it. Or maybe it is because society has engrained it into our brains that vaccines are a necessity to life. I even at times re visit my decision to not vax at all but always come back to the same conclusion: to vax is dangerous and the chance of my child catching and suffering a severe consequence from one of these diseases is far more minute than the chance of adverse vaccine reaction. Does anyone else share these fears and thoughts? I guess what it boils down to is I am stumped at how the majority of parents still vax, and most Dr.s till srecommend vaxing with all the information that is out there today!
I totally agree with you.
In the last couple of years I noticed that every year there was one vaccine that was pushed through the media scaring people into getting vaccinated for that very VPD. 2013 it is measles I noticed. So when I had my first child I was doing an extensive amount of research and the more I read and talked to other parents and so on the more I realised that I would delay all vaccinations until my DD1 was at least 1 year old. By that time I had read even more and then decided to not vaccinate at all. I have not regretted this decision. I am still doing a lot of research occasionally. I avoid bringing up the topic in conversation but when asked I honestly reply. Most parents I have met and who don't vax are very reluctant to give out information. The vaccine topic has become somewhat of a religious war. It is very scary to me and I wish it would just go away by itself. Seeing that individuals rights are being taken away by the state, undermined by health care professionals and being scared to death about VPDs through the media imperium just leaves me stunned with disbelief. What will be next? I try not to think about it too much but I have to admit that it just creeps into my mind on a daily basis. All those what ifs and how to prevent. So far homeopathy and herbal remedies have found a solid place in our lives. So glad to have found MDC and so many like-minded people/ mothers.