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.
DS2, unvaxed, has had rotavirus, chicken pox, and possibly rubella. He also had a severe invasiv non-typeable haemophilus influenzae infection, I list this one because NTHi infections have increased since HiB vaccine was introduced (which protects again haemophilus influenzae type B only) So he was a victim of serotype replacement.
DS3, unvaxed, no illnesses yet.
Now, ask me about the illnesses they've got that there are NO vaccines for...strep, pneumonia, lots of pink eye, about a dozen run of the mill viral illnesses...no one wants to know about how many kids get illnesses until a vaccine is available for it. I find that interesting.
3yo - unvaxed, had severe ear infections until tubes were put in, pneumonia once
Neither in daycare or public school.
Homeschooling Ama to boys (ages 10 and 6) and my SoldierGirl who is serving in the US Army, StepMom to three crazy teens. I'm married to the love of my life.
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Who you are is just enough.
4 yo- no vaccinations. had chicken pox + seasonal flu
ETA: And I run a home daycare with 3 to 5 extra kids here every week day.
Wife to DH (06/10) and Mummy to DD (07/08).
I can tell you that she had a suspected case of the mumps (turned out to be facial swelling with teething). Doctors were certain that she had mumps and nothing was done for her. I was told to bring her home and keep her away from other people until 10 days had passed. Other than that, no one warned me about symptoms, complications, or things to watch out for.
I only found out it was facial swelling the next time dd had a set of teeth coming in and she swelled up again. I saw a much more natural-minded doctor, who helped to identify what was happening. She ended up looking like that every time she teethed, other than with her very first teeth. I never even told the first set of doctors that dd didn't have the mumps.
For all the hoopla and horror stories you will hear to get you to vax, when actually presented with the disease, no one thought anything about it (and she saw 3 peds, 2 nurse practitioners, and many nurses).
Edited to add: My husband thinks he got H1N1 last year, neither the boys nor I caught so much as a sniffle from him.
Middle child has been seen twice for cough symptoms, just to have her lungs listened to. No other sick doctor visits with any of the others.
Aside from an occasional homeopathic remedy, my children have never had a medication - either over the counter or prescription.
Homeschooled but we are very active in the community and in the presence of other children in group settings at least 3 times a week (library storytimes, gymnastics and ballet at our local park and recreation center.)
All breastfed until they self wean. (Younger two are still nursing.)
Mama to my little busy bee.
OB RN, partner to and mama to (2008, 31 weeker) and (2011)
DD is partially vax'd- all vax's through age 1. She has gotten chicken pox, seasonal flu and H1N1 (both confirmed). She's now 5 and has been in preschool for 2 years.
DS#2 had all of his 2 month shots and ended up with a reaction and has not gotten anymore vax's. He's only had chicken pox. He is 3.
DS#3 is not vax'd at all and has had no diseases. He's almost 10 months.
ds#1 completely vaxed, no issues
ds#2-#4 all vax free no VPD and no chronic health issues.
mama to 6 amazing children married to my main man for 21 years and finally home FULL time
very partially vaxed
has only had a few colds here and there.
he is not in daycare or school
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" ~~ MLK
Ds-8yo,born with heart defect tetralogy of fallot,open heart surgery at 10 weeks,microdeletion of 2nd chromosome,vaxed only with one dose of hep b,I suspect he had pertussis too but nothing else except the usual colds.
Both were always out in the community from birth,dd was homeschooled for k-2nd grade but both are now in public school.
: 01/10/2009 and 09/29/2011
We have had a few viruses over the years, but I am not even convinced we've ever had the flu. Mostly mild things that knock us out for a day and then we're good. My youngest will get "asthmatic" when he has a cold, but nothing severe.
And those mild viral episodes are all we've had. We've not had anything else, since my kids have been born. In terms of illness this winter seemed to be a bad one for a lot of families we know (mostly vaxed), mine were only sick for one day each (and they took turns! ) through the whole season.