I think it's important that people understand that many parents who opt to stop vaccinating do so only AFTER their children have severe reactions. Even more opt not to even start with vaccinations because they personally know these families. So I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread here where parents can share those experiences, and others can read about them.
My oldest had a seizure reaction to his 2-month vaccines; it start 1 hour after the vaccines were given, and lasted nearly 4 hours. Diagnosed and documented by pediatrician. Unfortunately, his nurse (who was fired very soon after this) insisted over the phone that I was an over-reacting, hysterical new mother, that vaccines "don't do that," that I should put the baby in the crib and walk away until I could calm down. When I asked why I couldn't just bring the baby in for the doctor to see, that I was sure something was very, very wrong, she told me that they would refuse to see me if I did so. Since I had never seen a seizure, I didn't know that that's what it was; I had tried to describe the jerking and screeching (HORRIBLE screeches--did not sound human) to her, but she only remarked that he "sounded a little fussy."
He also reacted to his 12-month shots, with severe diarrhea. After the next vaccine visit, he developed vestibular issues, coordination issues, vision issues, and lost speech and eye contact.
My second had a severe skin rash reaction to his 4-month vaccines; he was covered with a red, oozing, blistering rash that lasted for 8 months, in spite of the fact that he was exclusively breastfed during that time, and that I removed the common allergens from my own diet. Documented as vaccine reaction by both pediatrician and pediatric dermatologist.
We decided to delay vaccines for our third, and to only give one or two at a time. But she became unconscious for two days following the vaccines she received at 6 months. First pediatrician said that it was not a problem. Second pediatrician (partner of the first) disagreed and said that it was a neurological reaction, and worried him enough to stop vaccinating her. At the same time, he reviewed the records of our other children, and decided to stop vaccinating all of them.
Edited by Taximom5 - 9/16/13 at 6:06am