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bleuelephante's Avatar bleuelephante 07:48 PM 02-11-2013

I delayed vaxing my daughter until 4 months, then I allowed 3 vaccines, then I did some more research and regretted that and now I am not allowing any other vaccines to be given to her and any future children of mine. But, I'm not sure what else to do. So, this is probably a dumb question, but if you do not vaccinate your children, does that mean they will never receive vaccines? or does it mean they won't receive them until they go to college or decide to travel internationally, or do you leave that up to them to decide when they are adults? 



CookAMH's Avatar CookAMH 09:33 PM 02-11-2013

My children won't receive vaccines while they're under my care. If they decide as adults, that's their choice.  I don't know yet what we'd do if we traveled internationally. I'd come here and get advice on how to avoid them. orngbiggrin.gif


kathymuggle's Avatar kathymuggle 07:16 AM 02-12-2013

I don't know that they will never receive any vaccines.  They may decide to get them for travel or because their job requires it.  I was looking at a College program the other day - and most in the sciences (such as paramedic) did require vaccination or titre testing.  Ugh.  That will be their call, though, not mine.

 

I don't think I would travel anywhere with them that required vaccination - or where vaccination might be a good idea.  We would just go to a different locale. 

 

It would not surprise me if the girls decided to get MMR as adults (I hope they get titres drawn first).  While rubella is very rare, it can cause issues with the fetus.  I believe it is their decision, though - this is largely a reproductive issue, so they can figure it out later.  

 

Lastly, my youngest does have one vax.  She got it last year (she was 9) as she is a chesty child and I felt it might benefit her.  It was a long thought out and researched decision.  We are non-vax in general, but I do think for specific vaccines and in somewhat rare situations it might be a good idea.  


bleuelephante's Avatar bleuelephante 08:42 AM 02-12-2013
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I don't know that they will never receive any vaccines.  They may decide to get them for travel or because their job requires it.  I was looking at a College program the other day - and most in the sciences (such as paramedic) did require vaccination or titre testing.  Ugh.  That will be their call, though, not mine.

 

I don't think I would travel anywhere with them that required vaccination - or where vaccination might be a good idea.  We would just go to a different locale. 

 

It would not surprise me if the girls decided to get MMR as adults (I hope they get titres drawn first).  While rubella is very rare, it can cause issues with the fetus.  I believe it is their decision, though - this is largely a reproductive issue, so they can figure it out later.  

 

Lastly, my youngest does have one vax.  She got it last year (she was 9) as she is a chesty child and I felt it might benefit her.  It was a long thought out and researched decision.  We are non-vax in general, but I do think for specific vaccines and in somewhat rare situations it might be a good idea.  

What is titre testing? And what do you mean she is a chesty child? What vaccine is that for? 


kathymuggle's Avatar kathymuggle 10:23 AM 02-12-2013
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What is titre testing? And what do you mean she is a chesty child? What vaccine is that for? 

Titre testing is when you have blood work drawn so they can test for signs of immunity.

 

Chicken pox and rubella are both diseases that can be so mild that people do not even realise they had them.  Something like 75% of adults who think they did not have CP, upon titre testing do show immunity to it.

 

Rubella is less prevalent so most people have not had it, none-the-less it is an incredibly mild disease - people who do get it often do not realise they had it. 

 

What I mean by she is a chesty child is that she often develops secondary infections (i.e pneumonia) from viruses. We are working hard to stop this cycle (with some success, I hope!) There is a pneumonia vaccine (Prevnar)  that offers some protection against some strains of bacterial pneumonia.  


emmy526's Avatar emmy526 10:27 AM 02-12-2013
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Titre testing is when you have blood work drawn so they can test for signs of immunity.

 

Chicken pox and rubella are both diseases that can be so mild that people do not even realise they had them.  Something like 75% of adults who think they did not have CP, upon titre testing do show immunity to it.

 

Rubella is less prevalent so most people have not had it, none-the-less it is an incredibly mild disease - people who do get it often do not realise they had it. 

 

What I mean by she is a chesty child is that she often develops secondary infections (i.e pneumonia) from viruses. We are working hard to stop this cycle (with some success, I hope!) There is a pneumonia vaccine (Prevnar)  that offers some protection against some strains of bacterial pneumonia.  

has she gotten pneumonia again since she got the vax?


kathymuggle's Avatar kathymuggle 11:12 AM 02-12-2013
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has she gotten pneumonia again since she got the vax?

No - but it has not been long enough to tell.  I also do not expect it to eradicate all pneumonia, but I will be ticked if it does not lower it.   Ask me again in 5 years if we are still on here fighting against vaccine propaganda, lol.

 

Of course, we are also doing other things to decrease her chances of getting pneumonia.  
Some supplements, plus some breathing exercises that help move the mucous around so it does not settle in her chest when she gets a virus.  So…even if she does decrease her incidents of pneumonia, we won't really know what caused it - vaccine, supplement, breathing exercises….  I will wear a big smile if her pneumonia goes down smile.gif  Up until now, she has averaged 1-2 chest infections per year. 

 

A little OT, but she only needed one vaccine (no boosters) but had she gotten the vaccine as a baby or young child would have needed a bunch of boosters. Even if people are considering a vax for one reason or another, they need to study the schedule.  Sometimes delaying a vax can mean the difference between needing boosters and/or the number of boosters.  


bleuelephante's Avatar bleuelephante 12:24 PM 02-12-2013

Good to know! I'm learning a lot here, thank you :)


pek64's Avatar pek64 12:34 PM 02-12-2013
Twenty years ago I read that there is an increased chance of autism if the mom is given a rubella vax in childbearing years, increasing the closer to pregnancy. I don't know if that was disproved or not. I never checked, since I had a boy, so no girls to worry about.
Marnica's Avatar Marnica 09:44 AM 02-15-2013

I never say never - but it is doubtful that as long as my children are minors they will get a vax for anything. However, things can change is if there was a good reason to consider a particular vaccine - I would.

 

When they are adults, they will obviously be responsible for their own choices. I hope by then, I have been able to teach them what I know about the issue so that they can go on and do their own research and come to a well thought out choice. 


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