I guess I missed this thread while I was away -- glad it has popped back up! anyone still thinking/deciding about this?
I was one of those children who had a bad reaction to a vaccine. my parents delayed and did selective vax. at age 3 we lived in Austria and I became temporarily paralyzed from the waist down after getting the polio and tetanus shots. I recovered and am totally fine, but it was enough to scare my parents into not vaxing any more of their kids (4 after me). though as we started going to college and traveling internationally, we all got tetanus shots with my parents' encouragement.
my sister was not able to get out of the meningitis vax requirement in her last year of college. there was a local outbreak a couple years ago and she couldn't go back to school without the vax. so she got it, and at age 18 developed an extraordinarily high and lasting fever and full-body rash that landed her in the hospital very sick for over a week. (she also recovered fully.)
incidentally, I contracted pertussis as a young child, got better, and now have full immunity (according to recent titer). I apparently have moderate immunity to measles and mumps (not sure how!), but almost zero to rubella.
to top it all off, my dh is very pro-vax, for both personal and social good reasons. he's reasonable about delaying/splitting and not giving hep b and chicken pox, but other than that solidly in favor of vaxing.
so I have a lot of baggage to bring to this decision! though I'm inclined to vax only very selectively, we also live in NYC and take crowded, germ-ridden subways every day. I still feel like I have a lot of research to do before deciding anything. I wouldn't vax a newborn anyway, so I guess there is time, but this is a tough issue for us...