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Our son will be three in December and is totally unvaxed (and still sporadically breastfed). We're leaving in December for a year-long trip on our sailboat to the Bahamas/Caribbean (taking a break from life after my husband's bout with cancer two years ago - He's in remission now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ). I'm totally fine with not vaxing, and our pediatrician told me that there's nothing in the Caribbean that we don't have here, so there's no need to vax him just for the trip.<br><br>
But then there's this whole polio thing going on here at home. Now, this is the first time I've considered vaxing him. However, I honestly believe that the US polio outbreak in the past and other illnesses are largely due to hygiene and diet: sugar feeds most evils, from cancer to polio to the common cold. We don't eat sugar any more - hardly ever. Not even juice.<br><br>
One of the reasons that I refuse to vax him is that I starting suffering from some really strange health issues after being heavily vaxed in 2000 before moving to Egypt: I had meningococcal (sp?), polio booster, yellow fever, hep a/b, typhoid, and others within days of each other <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> This was way before we were into "natural" living. But I have severe problems with my feet and hands, which started shortly after those vaxes. My symptoms may or may not be related to the vaxes, but my doctors have ruled out everything else...<br><br>
So I feel confident in one way about not vaxing, but the scare tactics and the visions of my son being crippled for life because I refused to get him vaxed have me doubting myself.<br><br>
Any advice/insight about taking a non-vaxed 3-year-old to live in the Caribbean for a year?<br><br>
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I don't understand why you would consider them- you don't explain, sorry. I wouldn't vax in your shoes.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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People buy into the myth that the minute you leave the US your health is at risk. If only they knew where the US ranked for infant mortality.
 

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Thanks for the responses... I guess I was hoping to get a little bit more substantial info on statistics or reported cases of polio in the Caribbean, not really in the Bahamas. I read a couple of posts on this board stating that when the US stopped using the live virus vax, we sent the remainder of the doses to the Caribbean. Don't know if that's true or not...<br><br>
Zuri's papa, we are well aware of where the US ranks in infant mortality. I'm just a mother asking for some other info and don't know if you think you're helping or just trying to make some comment on a board where other people are trying to get genuine advice - although I do appreciate the info about the Bahamas. But we've been there and aren't as concerned with that as we are other areas of the Caribbean. When we were living in Egypt, we did see people - adults and children - who had been afflicted by polio. So we do know that it affects other areas of the world more than the continental US.<br><br>
We're not interested in any other vaxes except polio, and only due to the recent attention in the media. Like others on this board who haven't vaxed their kids, the scare tactics sometimes get to me, even though we're pretty sure we won't vax our son. Just wanted to know if someone had some add'l info.
 

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hi natural mom - i have a similar concern abouy my unvaxed one year old - we have to go to eastern europe next year and polio is a slight worry. If you go to the WHO website, they have lists of each country's vaccination profile, and lists of incidences of diseases for the last few years. That should tell you whether the Bahamas use OPV, and the incidences of wild polio, which i suspect are either neglible or minute. I also worry about OPV in the water, but i'm told this is a small risk. Hope that helps. By the way, do your family eat fruit at all? Just wondering, as you say you don't drink juice. Just interested really!
 

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Thanks for the reference to the WHO website - I'll definitely check that out. Yes, we eat fruit but not much. We try to eat what would grow naturally around us at that time of year, and in the mid-Atlantic, there's not much fruit growing in the winter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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