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How many non-vaxxers are there?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 

I was raised without vaccination, as were my parents- so naturally I have adopted the same mindset and do not vaccinate my children (and not without substantial personal research).

 

But where I live, if I tell someone that I don't vax my kids- they nearly shun me.  My pediatrician makes me sign all these waivers basically saying I'm a horrible parent, schools think I'm insane, mothers think I abuse my kids, etc etc etc and I'm sure you all have similar experiences. 

 

So my question is- How many do not vaccinate?  Is there a national percentage?  I can't be the only one in the area- are there areas in the US or global where the tables are turned and most do not vaccinate?  Perhaps if I knew there was a small army behind me in my family decision- I would have more confidence telling others....

 

;)

post #2 of 32
I have no clue about statistics, but I'm in NYC and my dd is fully unvaxxed. You're not alone! :-)
post #3 of 32

I found the coverage rates broken down by individual vaccines and states.  These are the coverage rates for 2011/1012. It also includes the national coverage rate for each vaccine. Hope this helps.  Our current population in the US is over 316,000,000.  If you do the math, you can figure out just how many people do not vaccinate in your state.  Look up your state's population and find out what percentage of vaccine coverage rate is for each vaccine and then subtract that number by the population,and you will find out that there are actually millions of people who choose to refuse certain vaccines.  There are still far more who vaccinate however, obviously. 

 

 ( example:  92% (coverage rate) of  (CA pop) 38,000,000  =34,960,000 people,  then 38,000,000-34,960,000=3,040,000  people who refused Dtap in CA) These are only rough estimates, but you get the idea.

 

  I am still looking for coverage rates for completely unvaxed children, but haven't found this yet.  I hope this helps a little.  It helped me.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/stats-surv/nis/tables/1112/tab02_antigen_iap_1112.pdf

post #4 of 32

Personally i think there are more parents that don't vax then you think. I think many people do not talk about it in public because of exactly the type of treatment you describe. I know I don' advertise it that's for sure!

post #5 of 32
Thread Starter 

Thank-you.  :)

post #6 of 32
I've met several doctors, nurses, PAs, etc, who vaccinate on a greatly reduced and delayed schedule. And more and more highly educated parents are realizing that the vaccine companies, and even the CDC and FDA do not tell the truth about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

I suspect that fewer and fewer parents are complying with the recommended vaccine schedule.
post #7 of 32
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Originally Posted by Marnica View Post

Personally i think there are more parents that don't vax then you think. I think many people do not talk about it in public because of exactly the type of treatment you describe. I know I don' advertise it that's for sure!

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NOBODY in real life knows we don't vaccinate, except my kids' doctor and the school office.

post #8 of 32

No one i know really knows either...just a select few i chose to tell, because i know they would not have objections, and adhere to the same beliefs as me.   It's really no one's business what you do medically with your child.  

post #9 of 32
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Originally Posted by bethann View Post

 

So my question is- How many do not vaccinate? 

 

Enough for the media to bombard us with fear monguering bullshit hoping people will cave into peer pressure. 

post #10 of 32

I don't know how many, but we are non-vax.

 

Our daughter caught H1N1 and was over it in days without medication.

 

She caught whooping cough and was over it in a week and totally 100 % recovered in less than two weeks.

 

Years ago, my husband's nephew was fully vaccinated, caught whooping cough from the vaccine and almost died in the pediatric ICU.  Took almost a month and a half to recover.

 

She's never needed antibiotics.

 

Other people's children get sick and are down for days and days, she is usually not sick for more than 24 hours except those two more intense situations.

 

If people think you are crazy for not vaccinating, I'd would encourage you to remember why you are not vaccinating and look for more intelligent friends.  Another option is telling people your child's vaccination records are totally up to date.  Anybody who ever asks me about ours that is what I tell them, and it is completely true.  The blank record is totally up to date.

 

There's also a great book... http://www.amazon.com/Raise-Healthy-Child-Spite-Doctor/dp/0345342763/ by Robert S. Mendelsohn M.D.

post #11 of 32
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Originally Posted by KistheMum View Post

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If people think you are crazy for not vaccinating, I'd would encourage you to remember why you are not vaccinating and look for more intelligent friends.  Another option is telling people your child's vaccination records are totally up to date.  Anybody who ever asks me about ours that is what I tell them, and it is completely true.  The blank record is totally up to date.

 

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post #12 of 32

Many years ago, I was trying to help a friend who was having a really tough time with a school system in upstate NY about them refusing to allow the child in school without vax.

 

I read the regulations, and the regulations said it was "Mandatory for each student to have a current vaccination record" for enrollment.  It's been a lot of years so maybe not exactly like that, but the "current vaccination record" being what was mandatory was the thing I picked up on.

 

I told them to write the child's name, date of birth, other pertinent information and put "Current Vaccination Record" on it and put a little thing on the bottom they swore this is a true and accurate record.

 

All the problems with the school went away after they submitted it.  All they needed was an accurate current record according to their own regulations.

 

I think if people looked around, they would find many regulations read like this.  You have a human right not to be forced to have toxins injected into your body, and the rules do actually respect this.  You just have to know how to read the rules.

post #13 of 32

Stopped vaxxing at 5mos after bad reactions, and will not vax DD again or future kids at all.  Unfortunately the company we keep is mostly nurses/emt's/firefighters/cops.....those who tend to follow and do as they are told.  One in particular (nurse, going back to school for nursing doctorate)rubs me the wrong way in just about every aspect of life but DH and her DH work together and have been friends for years and we're godparents to their youngest so I really have to practice my calm voice and reign myself in with her although one of these days....lol!

post #14 of 32

You are not alone out there!

 

We don't advertise my kids vax status in public either. It would give rise to great discussions. Now I basically just stay out of it or change the subject.
 

post #15 of 32
Yeah, I don't talk about it much, either. I do my part to normalize it a bit when the subject comes up, but I usually just say we're delaying them for now. It's true- I'm not sure we won't do some selectively at some point.
post #16 of 32
You definitely are not alone. The population of parents who are becoming educated about vaccinations and making their own choices in regards to their child's health is growing.
post #17 of 32
You are not alone. I'm in the Northwest and there are many, many people I know who either selective/delay or don't vax at all. The school my son will attend is mostly of un-vaxed children. Up here it's no big deal. I guess I'm really lucky.
post #18 of 32
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Originally Posted by dalia View Post

You are not alone. I'm in the Northwest and there are many, many people I know who either selective/delay or don't vax at all. The school my son will attend is mostly of un-vaxed children. Up here it's no big deal. I guess I'm really lucky.

What?  a school of mostly unvaxed kids and we're not hearing of the scores of children being decimated by childhood diseases running rampant?  What's going on there??   (sarcasm)

post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by Taximom5 View Post

I've met several doctors, nurses, PAs, etc, who vaccinate on a greatly reduced and delayed schedule. And more and more highly educated parents are realizing that the vaccine companies, and even the CDC and FDA do not tell the truth about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

I suspect that fewer and fewer parents are complying with the recommended vaccine schedule.

I think you're right, and it's not even that there are more and more "anti-vax" parents, I think a big part of it is that the vax schedule keeps getting bigger and bigger, so there are more and more parents who think the number of vax's is ridiculous, or that some of the newer ones are a bit frivolous, even if they believe some of the classics (like tetanus) are useful. The leap of faith necessary to be fully compliant keeps getting bigger.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by emmy526 View Post

What?  a school of mostly unvaxed kids and we're not hearing of the scores of children being decimated by childhood diseases running rampant?  What's going on there??   (sarcasm)

Haha, well I failed to mention that it's a school for zombie children. It's full of "The Infected".
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