We had no hesitations deciding not to vaccinate our first born for a myriad of reasons, including my own negative reactions to vaccines as a child.
I am currently due with Baby #2 in January and don't want to vaccinate, but also am concerned about more dire consequences and would love some input/perspective.
DD recently started preschool. This is the first time she's had childcare outside our home, though we've spent plenty of time with other kids. I fully anticipate new germs/illnesses this fall/winter, despite loads of vitamins, elderberry syrup, etc.
Flu season. None of us has ever received the flu vaccine.
I worry that with #2 due in the middle of winter/flu season, and with my 2 year bringing home germs from preschool, that the newborn will be exposed to germs s/he can't handle. Our pediatrician encourages the respiratory vax for infants whose parents don't vax (like HIB and pneumoccal)...any thoughts? I realize that there is a risk either way and am leaning towards taking our chances with no vax, but wonder how to best protect my newborn's lungs (and entertain a toddler) - we can't realistically be holed up for 6 months, and our DD will likely be bringing stuff home from school anyway....
Thanks for your insight!
Cara (DD-2 and D? - due 1/13/11)