The main reason we started vaccinating is because my husband's sister died of Meningitis at 2. I trusted my NP's advice, and I didn't do my research. I doubt I would have settled in the "no vaccine camp" but I have definitely reconsidered my opinion of them since my kids were born.
So here's our situation:
Both our girls (6 and 4 1/2) are due for booster shots. Basically, they were on schedule mostly by 3, but the sheer number of shots they received at each visit was staggering! Needless to say, DD1 became extremely needle-averse. Then she wasn't due for shots, but now she is behind, and so is DD2. Now I've done more research and know a little more about the vaccines. I have resisted giving them booster shots, due at kindergarten age (actually we homeschool, so enrollment isn't an issue).
My thought is that they might age out of needle-phobia, and be able to talk rationally about vaccines. What am I facing in these next years? Since they have their initial shots but not boosters, am I making it possibly worse for them? I mean, for example, concerning the severity of chickpox as an older child? (Assuming they would have contracted it earlier--actually none of their close friends, even unvaccinated, seem to have come down with it yet.) What of other diseases?
Their current NP, whom I do like, is still a bit wishy-washy, I think because she means to be supportive. I asked if the booster guidelines for 6yo were because of school, or if their was really an immunity issue at this age, school or not? Her answer was contradictory, though she meant well. (Our family is a refreshing anomaly for her, she is openminded and does her research.)
What are your experiences, or your friends'? What is your advice?
Give me a few minutes while I caffeinate.