Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Vaccines

I have an ER blog I love to check. He is pretty funny. But today's post was more in the interesting category. It was about vaccinations, or the lack thereof.

http://erstories.net/?p=893

What are your thoughts?

Update - I haven't had this problem, but some commenters on his blog have mentioned naughty sites popping up. Like I said, I haven't had this happen, but don't say I didn't warn ya.

8 chocolate lovers:

kofoeds5 said...

I have to admit that I am on my way out the door so I didn't read the entire article so I may off but here are my thoughts....
WELL, I am a freak about immunizations. Because of Cody's immune system deficiency, he is extremely susceptible to infections and diseases. He also has a difficult time with his immune system building antibodies to his vaccines. He has had to have all of his vaccinations three times in order to be protected. In addition the normal childhood vaccines, my eight year old has also had the meningitis vaccine. It scares the heck out of me that there are so many people who opt to not vaccinate their children. Cody could die from a cold, I cannot begin to tell you how very frightening polio, whooping cough, measles, chicken pox and other diseases are to us. I know that a lot of people are worried about autism and vaccines but a study just came out last week about the safety of vaccines and I have to say that I would rather take the extremely small chance of having an autistic child over the fear of losing a child to one of those diseases. So, there's my two cents! Bet you weren't expecting a novel, sorry!

GooberDiva13 said...

We were all vaccinated when doctors suggested growing up, and we turned out fine. I figure, the doctors go through all that schooling, and the scientists do all that research for years and years, I think they know more than I do.

Jen L said...

I'm for vaccines, but at a slower rate than suggested. I also think that some are overkill... I think America is going vaccine crazy (chicken pox, cervical cancer, etc). I mean, it's great to have so many vaccines, but requiring ALL of them is a little over the top. I know some children can have serious problems with chicken pox, and such, so it's great that it's out there, but we opted out of it. We waited until MM was 2 to get her first MMR. So I guess we're for them, but just at a slower pace.

The Fraker's Acres said...

We get most of them on a delayed schedule. I don't think some of them are necessary, but most are. But, we are kinda modern day hippies so we don't beat to the "normal" drum.....you know me!:)

--Leann-- said...

I think there is not enough truly known about how vaccinations affect our bodies, or how long the coverage actually lasts. I think about giving newborn babies hepatitis vaccinations. Is that truly necessary? Where is my newborn going to contract hepatitis...

I am often concerned that we are giving TOO MANY vaccines at one time. Just a week ago, my 1 year old got vaccinated for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis and Varicella. Is it absolutely necessary to put 5 big bugs in him at one time?

I often wonder if we vaccinate for too many things. Rotavirus? do we need a vaccine for that? From what I understand, it is only a rare case that Rotavirus causes life-changing consequences, and that it usually just causes a fever, upper and lower GI upset.

But. As much as I want to buck the system, and say 'my child is not going to be on the normal vaccine schedule', my husband works in an ER.

And thus brings home more virus and bacteria than I care to think about (he brought home RSV which almost killed our youngest). He has seen some of these life-changing diseases in the ER. And, even with all the precautions he takes, I know that there are 'bugs' in my house that could change my life. Therefore... protect my children. Give their little immune systems a little jump-start. Protect them from those who dont vaccinate for the big things, and pass their germs on to my husband.

I totally understand the flip side of the coin, but it is not a viable option for us.

Laurie said...

I have heard that it is wise to make sure your kids are healthy when they get their vaccines. Not partially sick. So I try to make sure they are 100 percent, and then I get them! My grandma got polio a year before the vaccine came out. These diseases are real! But I do get the mercury free flu shots when I am pregnant and for my babies.

James and Lesley said...

The Deems say... vaccinations ROCK!

Missy said...

I know several families that are anti-vaccine, so I've looked into it, but I'm a fence-sitter at this point. I'm not really convinced either way. I tend to drag my feet about getting my kids to the dr. period just because it's so stinkin' hard to get there. So they are often delayed. But not on any schedule :)