Rather new here and feeling like a pariah when it comes to not vaxing . I totally "get" the feeling of being the only one in the world. Glad to read other posts.
I researched the topic of vaccination -both pro and con- extensively and obsessively starting 10 years ago with my first, drew my conclusions and made my decision not to vaccinate my children. I didn't give it a second thought when my third child was born 2 years ago. I just got on with parenting and the topic died off in conversations with the mommy groups I am in. However....it has come back again now that we are entering a new phase with childhood activities and vaccinations are necessary to participate. There are many in my area or so it seems, if not most who follow CDC schedule, a few who selectively vaccinate and none who will admit to not vaccinating except me. And yes, I am now paying the price with alienation from some parents and childhood activities. I think I need to zip the lip and only admit the no vax to a select few if only I knew who they were. I always thought it was like breast feeding. The more people who bf in public, the more accepted it will be but with vaxing it is almost becoming a witch hunt and it doesn't even matter if we have had family issues in the past.
Just this past week I was told by a pro vax pediatrician (a conversation I would normally not have but it was unusual circumstances) that (in a round about way) I am responsible for breaking the link in herd immunity, children die every day from these diseases, my information is incorrect, the ped's friends at the CDC don't lie, over 98% of the population is vaccinated and I am the only one this doctor has ever met in 21 years of practice that does not vaccinate as well as a few choice stories of the unvaxed children she nursed back to health. I was also told that an exemption only qualifies if my child has had a reaction-in my mind that is too late once there is already harm done. Now I know the above is not necessarily true, but I am in dire need of finding authentic current statistics to quell the sickness in my stomach of feeling like I am doing something wrong. Sadly the stomach and the brain are at odds with each other. My kids are overly healthy (knock on wood) and I feel like we are doing the right thing but.....I still feel sick about it when confronted. I need a pep talk! PLEASE!!! Tell me why you aren't vaccinating and let me know of any current websites with up to date credible statistics. I think I just need to hear someone on my side.