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post #21 of 46
One of my favoriite non-MDC sires is vaclib.org
there is a great article (with citations) under the Science --> Basic Facts section. Also, there is information for ever state concerning exemptions, etc. Good resource - even if its just for research.
post #22 of 46
Thanks for the tip about Dr. Sears' vaccination schedule! I know a lot of people disagree with me here, and I totally respect that - but I am not anti-vaccine. : So I think we'll do some/most of them, spread out, and as delayed as we think reasonable. For example, here I think it's standard (but no longer obligatory) to get the tuberculosis vaccine - but I believe there is no risk of my baby catching it (there are living condition risk factors for TB) so that will be a no. Chicken pox, flu and things babies have no risk of catching (hep b?) will be no.
post #23 of 46
No vaccines here either. When my kids are 18+ they can choose to if they want to.
post #24 of 46
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Originally Posted by healthnutmama View Post
This baby won't be getting anything for at least the first year, maybe 2. My oldest 2 were vaccinated. My 2.5 year old had one round of shots after the Dr. guilt tripped me into getting them. I was so ticked off at myself b/c I had decided against it, I never went back to the Dr.

I went to a session that Dr. Sears gave at the La Leche League International Conference this year. His vaccination schedule seemed fairly logical. You could pick up a copy of his book, The Vaccine Book, if you are interested. There's also some info on the AskDrSears website.

GL!
I was at the same session!!
post #25 of 46
We do not vaccinate.
post #26 of 46
No vaccines for us!
post #27 of 46
DD1 had pretty much everything because I never thought to question it. DD2 didn't have any until she was about a year old, and she's 29 months and still "behind." She's had three rounds, I think.

This one won't have any for at least a year. I do like them to have the tetnus and polio (I know it's almost impossible to get, but my grandfather is paralyzed from it so I just can't emotionally get over denying it even though I logically can). I really need to pick up Dr. Sear's book, I've heard it's great. No vitamin K or anything after birth, either.
post #28 of 46
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Originally Posted by azzuranotte View Post
Unfortunately, here, chickenpox is not optional and as of next sepetmeber preschool and daycare kids will be required to get the flu shot. Gotta love Jersey... home of Merck.
Nope, you should still be able to get out of them--New Jersey has a religious exemption that still applies to both of those.
post #29 of 46
We are planning a homebirth.

We won't be doing the Vitamin K unless there is birth trauma and there is substantiated fear of bleeding being a problem.

No eye goop.

No Hep B shot.

We will be delaying and reducing the number of shots. Pumping that amount of vaccine into a tiny newborn is really counter-intuitive to me.

We will be staying around our apartment and the chances of he or she contracting any of these diseases in the first few months of life are slim to none.

However, as our child gets older, he or she will be out and about more often, and will be in contact with random people, and we could be travelling so I think it's important that he or she be protected against the diseases that can be contagious and are deadly: Polio, Diptheria, Tetanus, etc.

We will most likely pass on the flu, chicken pox, mumps (if it's a girl) and others that aren't as likely or serious.

We will also be giving these shots one at a time, and trying to reduce the doses as much as we can.

I'm ordering some books now!!!

Trin
post #30 of 46
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Originally Posted by queenjulie View Post
Nope, you should still be able to get out of them--New Jersey has a religious exemption that still applies to both of those.
I intend to take a religous exemption. Unless of course they pass a philosophical one, which many people are working on. My point was, in the eyes of the state and therefore schools they are not optional, but required.
post #31 of 46
With my daughter, I started out pretty much on schedule, but started delaying slightly the older she got and the more I was exposed to vaccine information. And skipped chicken pox and flu altogether (I have always hated the idea of both those vaccines).

With my son, I initially submitted a very delayed plan with my pediatrician. But we butted heads a lot in his very early months and I totally lost any trust in her, and then also found more and more that I just didn't feel comfortable doing vax's at all at that stage in DS's life. So then I decided to delay to 2 years. And then 2 years rolled around and he still felt too young to be injecting things into him. So right now I'm trying to decide possibly starting certain selective vaccines at 3 years, or just going completely non-vaccinated and leaving the choice up to him when he is an adult.

The new baby will definitely be on at least the same "schedule" as DS, with no vaccines at all, if I ever do any, until at least 2-3 years.
post #32 of 46
DD is almost 4 and has had no vaccines. We do not plan to vax this babe either. DD has had measles and been exposed to chicken pox but never had any symptoms.
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by azzuranotte View Post
I intend to take a religous exemption. Unless of course they pass a philosophical one, which many people are working on. My point was, in the eyes of the state and therefore schools they are not optional, but required.
Hey, I didn't realize anyone else here as from Jersey!

I was also irritated (to say the least) with the new regulations. Thankfully we're not doing daycare or preschool, but Gods know there's enough required to go to public school.

Have you thought of going to a pox party for Varicella instead of the shot? That's what I'll be doing. I might try to find some Rubella as well, though I know I can't count on being able to.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by GathererGirl View Post
have you thought of going to a pox party for Varicella instead of the shot? That's what I'll be doing. I might try to find some Rubella as well, though I know I can't count on being able to.
I know this isnt directed to me but i am crabby. I have missed rubella twice! And we tried went to a pox party and none of us got it. Those are the 2 iwant dd to get.
post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by a-sorta-fairytale View Post
I know this isnt directed to me but i am crabby. I have missed rubella twice! And we tried went to a pox party and none of us got it. Those are the 2 iwant dd to get.
How do you even find Rubella? I mean, who gets Rubella anymore?

Love your quote by the way. I'll have remember that so I can use it on critics!
post #36 of 46
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Originally Posted by GathererGirl View Post
How do you even find Rubella? I mean, who gets Rubella anymore?

Love your quote by the way. I'll have remember that so I can use it on critics!
Two diff kids in playgroup had it. One fully vaxd and one unvaxd at two diff times.

Thanks I still want to put it on a tshirt.
post #37 of 46
not vaccinating here-- we will ONLY get vit K if the birth is especially traumatic for the baby. I dont want it prophylactically, just if its abosolutely needed. After extensive research, I dont think any of teh vaccines are worth the risks for us.
post #38 of 46
Just wanted to say thanks to the mamas who recommended "The Vaccine Book" by Dr. Sears. I ordered it, got it a couple of days ago and I'm almost done with it. It is very informative and unbiased. It's also easy to read. I highly recommend it for all parents who are confused about whether to vax or not. Thanks!
post #39 of 46
I am confused about what to do regarding vaccinations.

I don't want to pump my child full of vaccines, but I would like to selectively vaccinate on a delayed schedule. However, in NJ it seems you have to be all or nothing - they just mandated flu shots for daycare, if I complete a religious exemption form then surely my Dr. will expect me not to vaccinate for anything??

And would anyone else be bothered by the idea of flying to the UK with a 2 month old who has no vaccinations?
post #40 of 46
Stelly, look up the NJ regulations. It's true that there are a lot of vax required here, but there are also a lot that aren't required. It is possible to do some vax and not have to load your child up on them.

The problem with a religious exemption here is that you can't just sign a form. You have to write a letter stating exactly what religion you and and what the specific belief is that prevents you from vaxxing. They're really strict. And if you manage to get a religious examption then decide that you want just a couple of vax, I'm not sure what would happen if the state found out. They might revoke your exemption entirely, forcing you to get all the required vax, because NJ is just that way.
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