Originally Posted by grace474
here is my method...
avoid the pro and anti vax sites
research the heck out of the individual diseases and viruses
only vax if you discover that you are realistically more afraid of the disease/virus than you are of the vax
My method is a little different...
seek out the pro and anti-vax sites and see what the extreme positions have to say
look into the major claims of the pro- and anti-vax activists and decide how they hold up logically and how well they are supported empirically
talk about the issue with others from all points of view but naturally view with suspicion those who try to convince with sarcasm, casting aspersions, and fear tactics - instead of logic and factual evidence
Think about it think about it think about it and slowly decide what makes sense!
Repeat repeat repeat
The other thing is...for me...I am not just concerned about DD getting the diseases and what the risks are. I am concerned about a) her passing a disease on to an immunocompromised person or persons and b) the fact that IMO if I choose not to vaccinate her I am helping to weaken the immunity of the "herd" that has allowed parents to make the choice not to vax and to be fairly sure that this is a pretty safe thing to do.
I know that the very existence of herd immunity is met with skepticism here and I also know that the idea of vaccination as a social responsibility is considered laughable. But, those things are important considerations for me.
FWIW my daughter (16 months) has had no vax but we are definitely leaning towards vaccinating her for many of the VPDs beginning around her 2nd birthday. The exact schedule is still up in the air and this decision has not been set in stone. Still following the method outlined above.
I want to feel as sure as possible that I am doing the right thing by my DD, of course. It's a very personal thing and the right answer will be different for different individual families IMO, and thus I believe that there is no reason for one "side" in this debate to demonize the other side. Right now I definitely think that the right thing to do (for my DD, forgetting the social responsibility aspect) is to vaccinate, but not blindly - not necessarily for everything on the CDC schedule - and slowly. That's the choice I am most comfortable with, given what I have learned about the risks and benefits of vaccination.