... because I confused the heck out of her!
She asked me why I wasn't vaccinating and was delaying some vax and I told her "I'm opposed to injecting my infant with vaccines derived from aborted fetal stem cell lines and that contain animal products such as vero cells and calf blood serum. Many of the vaccines that don't meet those criteria are regarded as highly reactive and I'd rather wait to introduce them to my son's body."
She stared at me, blinked, then went on to tell me how important it was to get vaccines for pertussis, pc, and hib because of how fatal they could be. I smiled, thanked her, signed the refusal consent form, and we went our way.
Hib is very uncommon, pc is more common but I've made an informed choice to not vaccinate for it since it is more reactive than I'm comfortable with, and pertussis is dangerous mainly in infants under 6 months.
Just to babble on a little about the vaccines I'll be delaying: I'll be getting my son the DT vaccine when he's old enough to play in the dirt (it's the only tetanus vaccine approved for children under 7 and I'm hoping my son gets over his fear of grass long before that
If he hasn't been exposed to chickenpox by the time he's a teen, I'll consider getting him the varicella vaccine at that time. Perhaps also the meningococcal and hep B vaccines, though less likely. Lots of time to make that decision.
If we end up travelling to foreign countries, I'll consider vaccines for diseases endemic to that area.
I welcome feedback on my list. Mainly I just wanted to share the chuckle I got from my pedi's reaction.
Edited to add disclaimer: My son isn't in daycare and rarely has close contact with anyone but me and my husband. My husband is self-employed and rarely around other people who may be sick. If the situation were different, I would probably consider vaccinating for more illnesses. I add that because I see a lot of people on here are asking due to daycare concerns, which I think is a completely different situation than the one I'm in.