Originally Posted by SpottedFoxx
There is NO autism/vaccine link. None, zero, zilch, nada, nothing. The so called doctor who claimed there was had admitted fudging his research and has been stripped of his licenses and has basically been blackballed.
I might edit that statement to say there are no *proven OR disproven* autism/vaccine links. Likely it is a very complex combination of factors that leads to developmental disorders, and what triggers it could be different for different people. There are many vaccine-free autism-spectrum people, even some who are multi-generational vaccine-free.
That said...I think that you need to have a better understanding of what your risks are, and what the risks/benefits of the vaccines are FOR YOU. For example, you say that you had pleurisy and severe bronchitis last year...do you know what triggered it? Did you have flu? Have you ever had *real* influenza? Because twice now our family has had "textbook flu symptoms" and we tested negative for the flu. I honestly believe that flu numbers are exaggerated enormously! There are dozens of viruses circulating during flu season that cause flu-like illnesses, and for which the vaccines will do no good whatsoever.
SO...you are right to be concerned that you fall into two high risk categories. But you need to factor in your chances of acquiring actual influenza, the efficacy of the vaccine, the chances that they get the strains right, and then weigh that against the real and potential risks of the vaccine itself (knowing, as it's been pointed out already, that you CAN get preservative-free vaccines).
Only you can determine what is right. If you take this question to the vaccine board, no doubt almost everyone will tell you not to get it. If you take this question to a mainstream vaccine, no doubt everyone will tell you TO get it. So you will have to wade through the information yourself.
I recommend you also post this in the health and healing forum to get information on ways to boost your immune system pre-emptively, and also how to treat viruses if you do get sick, so as to hopefully avoid serious side effects (high doses of Vit D, for example; garlic; etc)
I don't envy you this decision! I face the same decision every year for my middle son who has a primary immune deficiency with a compromised pulmonary system, is underweight, and has other risk factors. I fear the fall-spring every year because he always gets sick, often pretty seriously! But of all the illnesses he's had, only two have been "vaccine preventable"...chicken pox and rota virus. He's never had lab-confirmed flu, or any other lab-confirmed illness for which there is a vaccine.
Really, when you consider how many hundreds-thousands of illnesses circulate that there AREN'T vaccines available for, you start to fear the few that there are vaccines for less and less.