I recently gave birth here. DS is my first child and is now 4 months old. Here in Japan (and I believe throughout Asia as well) everyone gets the BCG vaccine. I have already received papers about getting it done for his 4 month checkup.
I was considering the non-vaccinating position. However, a Japanese acquaintance mentioned that if DS doesn't get the BCG, and gets sick, it can result in sterility. She knew of that happening to someone, from what I understand. That made my Japanese FIL encourage me to go get the vaccine.
Last month when DS was 3 months old, he got sick twice, even though he is EBF. The first was nasal congestion, slight runny nose; the second was more serious, a suddenly high fever that twice almost went to 40 degrees C (104 degrees F)! Although he is now fine, having gone through such a harrowing experience of tending a sick baby especially at such a young age made me even more unsure about not vaccinating. Now I am wavering about the BCG.
As for my own personal experience with TB, I had always tested negative for it. But then in 2001, I started working with just a handful of immigrants (the same immigrants every week) in a volunteer position and when I took the TB test again in 2003 it was positive (exposure to the germ only, but no illness). So I am wary of being in Asia with a non-vaxed baby.
Any of you have personal experiences or just any other information/opinions to share? Would any of you non-vaccinating parents change your mind wrt the BCG vaccine for your lo were you to move to Asia to live, where there is a higher chance of getting the illness?
I would love to hear from you. TIA!
Sorry I can't offer more helpful info. Somewhere there are links on all of this, but I am sort of in a rush right now and can't dig them up. So all I can give is my opinion, which is a big no on this one.
|It seems much more likely that some of the world's BCG strains are virtually useless, some confer moderate protection, and some-perhaps only a few-are highly potent. Which is which cannot at present be told. Because BCG vaccination is the major method of tuberculosis control in all but a few highly developed nations, it is particularly tragic that the use of scarce resources to administer BCG must still be based on blind faith.|
There are other ways to prevent and treat TB
If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson.
So,... highly reactive, dangerous, and not effective..... sounds scary.
And yeah, it would really bug me that a person who gets the vax will always test
positive to TB skin tests.
Good to see there are studies out there, thanks for that link.... I couldn't access the other webpage though, on other ways to prevent and treat TB (cookies; but I am computer illiterate, and especially here, since a lot of the computer stuff is all in Japanese anyway!) but it's good you mention it so I am made aware there are other ways to deal with these diseases.
"If you find from your own experience that something is a fact and it contradicts what some authority has written down, then you must abandon the authority and base your reasoning on your own findings"~ Leonardo da Vinci
Okay, being new here on MDC, I just realized there is a vaccination section and this is just a subforum (duh!!!) So I wonder if there is a way to move this post to the main vaccination forum since I was hoping to get opinions from those who vaccinate, those who do selective and/or delayed vaccinations, as well as those who choose not to vaccinate. I guess the reason why is that I keep wavering. Like now with this swine flu thing, I start to worry for my lo, should I or should I not vaccinate? How would other people decide? I know I'd worry if I was still in the U.S., but being here in a foreign country, the worries multiply for me. I know I originally asked specifically about the BCG, but I really wonder about other vacs too.
There is no vax for the swine flu.