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I am keeping ds home on wednesday becasue all the children at his school are receiving their meningitis b vax. He was excited when i told him he could have the day off (would stay home all the time if he could!), tonight he asked why he gets the day off and i told him because the other kids were getting vaxed and he was like "ooooh can i have some", he doesnt know anything about vaccinations as this has never come up before. So i ended up saying that it was a big needle and i didnt want him to get hurt.<br>
Has anyone had to explain to their child about vax'ing, I would love to hear how you explained it.
 

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I don't think my son knew/knows what the word vaccination is/means.<br><br>
He once asked me why some children get shots.<br>
I told him because their parents believe that it prevents their children from getting sick.<br>
He asked why he doesn't get shots, I told him because I don't believe that it prevents children from getting sick.
 

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There are plenty of children's books that talk about going to the doctor. You can get it and explain that you have chosen NOT to vaccinate him because it is unhealthy and he is lucky that you feel that way...<br><br>
I was not vaccinated as a child either. Do you have a baby book for him? Take it out and show him that the page with vaccinations is blank...in my case, I was also born at home so the hospital page was empty also...the page for baby formula was empty also.<br><br>
Being AP is often a challenge...are you a vegetarian or into whole grains? Make sure that you tell your little one that in life there are many choices and these are the choices you have made for him and try to tell him in language he understands why.<br><br>
Let him know how lucky he is that you have chosen this path.<br><br>
If you know anyone with a vaccine reaction let him visit... it will become real at that point.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are plenty of children's books that talk about going to the doctor. You can get it and explain that you have chosen NOT to vaccinate him because it is unhealthy and he is lucky that you feel that way...<br><br>
I was not vaccinated as a child either. Do you have a baby book for him? Take it out and show him that the page with vaccinations is blank...in my case, I was also born at home so the hospital page was empty also...the page for baby formula was empty also.</div>
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I didnt think to tell him that i wasnt vaxed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> its funny how the answer can be so simple but i've been so worried about saying the wrong thing.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Thanks for the suggestions. I didnt think to tell him that i wasnt vaxed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> its funny how the answer can be so simple but i've been so worried about saying the wrong thing.</td>
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For me it is the truth...I truly never was vaccinated...I am 51 yrs. old....I can relate to my children's confusion when going into a class in school in which vaccination is treated as manna from heaven.......or looking in my baby book and looking for my vaccine schedule and seeing a big line diagonal drawn down the page.<br><br>
I was never a pediatric patient, so I never had this confusion.
 

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There are more children around with vaccine reactions today than in the 1950s, so maybe visit one, and the truth will become a reality.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>applejuice</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">For me it is the truth...I truly never was vaccinated...I am 51 yrs. old....I can relate to my children's confusion when going into a class in school in which vaccination is treated as manna from heaven.......or looking in my baby book and looking for my vaccine schedule and seeing a big line diagonal drawn down the page.<br><br>
I was never a pediatric patient, so I never had this confusion.</div>
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I really wasnt vaxed either, hope you didnt think i was being sarcastic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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In my youngest son's baby book on that page I pasted a picture of him wearing a shirt that said "No shots for tots". :LOL<br><br>
I've told my oldest honestly that I believe that vaccines can hurt her, that they have bad stuff in them, and that I don't think she needs them.
 

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I'm actually having nightmares about sending my dd to school this fall. What if they vax her "by accident"? She also has a rebelious and independent attitude sometimes and I don't want her to decide she "wants" to get vaxed just to go against my wishes. The propaganda machine for the vax industry is everywhere we go too. All the children's museums, TV shows and publications tend to glorify vaxes, doctors, junk food in a very subtle and subliminar way. Even if we go to a little playground the junk ice cream carts are everywhere. I have the hardest time trying to explain to dd that something that comes in a colorful package and tastes good can be harmful to her health. I'm afraid the same may happen to vaxes. How can you convince a child that the rest of the world, her friends, teachers, school nurses, doctors are wrong and you (the humble mommy) are right? How can you tell your kids that something everyone is saying will save your life can actually devastate your health? How can you be part of the mainstream and go against it? I want my child to have friends and a social life and do what "normal" children do. I'm afraid though that most of the "normal" kids (and other parents/teachers/school nurses/doctors etc.) out there will constitute a formidable pressure that will be almost impossible to counter...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm actually having nightmares about sending my dd to school this fall. What if they vax her "by accident"? She also has a rebelious and independent attitude sometimes and I don't want her to decide she "wants" to get vaxed just to go against my wishes.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I get nightmares too about going to the doctor and them vaxing her because I forget to tell them.
 

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Hi I'm the OP, because of my paranoia I kept my son home last week when vaxes were being given out. There have been a couple of cases in the news lately where children were vaxed against parents wishes, they were genuine mistakes because of the large number of kids getting vaxed at once teachers loose track of whose not supposed to get it done and i know my 5 y/old ds would just go along with the majority. He was feeling a little left out because his friends got a lollipop after their shot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> , its real hard at this age because they just want what their friends have.<br>
I wasnt vaxed and I rebelled in every other way but never got vaxed so hopefullly your kids will find other ways to to rebel if you know what i mean! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm actually having nightmares about sending my dd to school this fall. What if they vax her "by accident"? She also has a rebelious and independent attitude sometimes and I don't want her to decide she "wants" to get vaxed just to go against my wishes. The propaganda machine for the vax industry is everywhere we go too. All the children's museums, TV shows and publications tend to glorify vaxes, doctors, junk food in a very subtle and subliminar way. Even if we go to a little playground the junk ice cream carts are everywhere. I have the hardest time trying to explain to dd that something that comes in a colorful package and tastes good can be harmful to her health. I'm afraid the same may happen to vaxes. How can you convince a child that the rest of the world, her friends, teachers, school nurses, doctors are wrong and you (the humble mommy) are right? How can you tell your kids that something everyone is saying will save your life can actually devastate your health? How can you be part of the mainstream and go against it? I want my child to have friends and a social life and do what "normal" children do. I'm afraid though that most of the "normal" kids (and other parents/teachers/school nurses/doctors etc.) out there will constitute a formidable pressure that will be almost impossible to counter...</div>
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I don't have any answers for you b/c I'm a mama who is still learning how to be one... but your post really reasonated with me.<br><br>
Sometimes I feel like I makes things 100x time more difficult for myself! But then again, it's the only way I can be.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't have any answers for you b/c I'm a mama who is still learning how to be one... but your post really reasonated with me.<br><br>
Sometimes I feel like I makes things 100x time more difficult for myself! But then again, it's the only way I can be.</div>
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Dear Jane,<br><br>
Thanks for your kind words. I believe we're all constantly learning and also learning from each other. I truly appreciate all I'm learning from the great moms (and dads) that share their invaluable knowledge here. However, we're still a very small minority and we tend to be isolated from each other. I wish some of us could start a coop school where we knew our kids would be safe (from vaxes, junk food, forced psychiatric drugs, etc etc). But perhaps it's asking too much...
 
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