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I'm curious if there is anyone else living in a third world country that chose to skip all vaccinations? If so did you meet any resistance along the way. What has your experience been?<br><br>
We are in Costa Rica currently, and ds (who is almost 2) was born here. In the hospital they were not thrilled we didn't follow the program. My husband had to write up and sign a letter indicating this was our choice in the hospital. Our ped doesn't agree with our choice, but he respects it, and does not lecture. However, recently there has been an outbreak of whooping cough in the country. It appears that our friends are "concerned for our son, and possibly that he might expose their babes to it".<br><br>
What do you think about it all? I'm a first time mom, but I'm standing my ground.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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if your reason for not vaxing is because you thought that the diseases just arent around anymore, then i would understand you reconsidering your decision.<br><br>
but if you making your decision on the fact that these diseases were in decline due to better sanitation and cleaner drinking watrer far before the vaxs were available, what would you worry about?<br><br>
do you not have access to clean water or nutritious food? remember, people who get vaxed get the diseases too, so its all based on your OWN immunity, and how you are helping your body and your dc's from getting sick.<br><br>
my DH is from East Africa, and his grandmother is still in the village, living in a grass thatched hut, 71 years old, (Life expectancy in Uganda for women is 47), and she has never been vaxed. she still drinks swamp water, but <i>somehow</i> has still be able to avoid all these <i>deadly</i> diseases. spoke with her yesterday, and she is as strong as an ox, harvasting all her own crops, raring her chicken and re thatching her own hut. if thats not surviving, i dont know what is.<br><br>
we are travelling this summer to Uganda for 1 month, we dont vax now and will not be in the future.
 

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Not sure about 'third world', but my two kids were born in Russia, the oldest one actually in the [last days of] USSR <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">, i.e. before the right of exemption was declared. Best thing was to keep people on a need to know basis and not mention it to those who don't need to know. Medical resistance was crazy.
 

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We are in the Asia now and are not following the schedule exactly. Viz. forgoing BCG, which is standard here. I told them DD's American doctor said she shouldn't get it. Just get a health care professional to write a letter from your point of view to write a letter stating it is contraindicated for your child. I am telling our family that it's not allowed in the U.S.A. otherwise they would be very worried.<br><br>
But, since vaccinations are not 100% effective and people depend on lowered exposure as well, you can expect that some people will not come over to visit. Don't forget that people in poor countries do not have the same access to treatment so you can't blame them for not wanting to just go ahead and get the disease for natural immunity. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that the way they treat you at the hospital is not the way they will treat the locals.<br><br>
If you really think that your child is not going to be more likely to get (and thus pass) pertussis, then I agree with Spy- need to know basis! However if you are doing this because you are willing to have your child get natural immunity, you should respect your friends' decisions.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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Thank you all for your response. Sometimes a new mom just needs a few voices of reassurence to continue feeling good about their decisions. We don't have any plans to vax in the future. I have asked dh to stop spreading he word about our decision. Of course, if somebody asks we will answer truthfully, and point them in the direction of a few web sites and possibly a book. We have a couple different ones on the subject, but I think that "What your Doctor may not Tell you About Childrens Vaccinations" by Stephanie Cave is pretty balanced reading. It costs about six dollars, and I have asked dh to pick up a few extra copies to give away when people start questioning our decision.
 
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