Thanks, ladies, for your feedback!
I totally sympathize with the fears about vaccinations, and I may forgo vaccinating in the end, but how are you moms so confident about your decisions? Don't you have any fears about the diseases that are out there? I'm not asking this question to be antagonistic. I really want to know. Even if you believe that money drives a lot of the vaccination recommendations, children do get sick and become seriously ill from diseases in this country. It may be somewhat rare if you're taking smart precautions, but it does happen. So I'm just wondering where you get your confidence.
Healthy kids do not die. Their bodies fight off the diseases- even if it's a vaccine preventable disease. It's my belief that vaccines mess your immune system and other things up, and your body is less prepared to fight these illnesses. Plus, even if I allowed my kids to be injected, there's no promise they would never get the disease the vax is supposed to protect them from.
When I was pregnant with my son, I was so, so scared not to vaccinate. Terrified! But the more research I did the clearer it became to me that I just couldn't forgive myself if, knowing what I know, I allowed him to be vaccinated and something happened. I look at it like I can always change my mind and have him vaccinated (not that I will!) but I can never UNvaccinate him once that shot is injected.
ETA: I live in a very large city, and have done a large amount of traveling with my son, and am not at all worried.