Hey guys. I am so excited,and totally nervous to post this up. I know vaccines are a hot topic. So much so that it’s hard to even talk to my own closest friends about it because I’m afraid I’ll offend them, by either disagreeing or not taking their advice. Add that one side says only trust certain reputable sites, and another warns you that those major sites may be paid off by the companies that distribute the vaccines. So now you’re hit with all this conflicting information. And guess what? Now I’m about to do exactly that, by giving conflicting views.
BUT! Here’s the awesome catch. I’ve gathered 4 educated, well read mothers to each share their 4 different perspectives on this subject. Anonymously. At my request, not theirs. I know it can hurt credibility, but none of these women are claiming to be doctors. They are 4 mothers, I respect, that are BRAVELY sharing their honest opinion. And why their choice is right for their family. None of this is a reflection of my own beliefs. But It has all aided in helping me figure out what’s right for us. I hope this is helpful. Thank you ladies for the time you put into this post. Now anyone reading this, BE COOL! No one likes internet bullies. If you have information to share too, just go ahead post it in the comments. ❤ Jill
“I started to question the whole American vaccination process when I took my baby to his first checkup and they insisted he get the hep B vaccine. The sickening, nauseating pit in my stomach told me that something wasn’t right and this is something I needed to look further into before continuing with the doctors recommendations for additional vaccines. My very close friend is a no vax mama and I went to her for some direction as to where to start out and what sites I could go to for viable information about what these vaccines were and how the body reacted to them.
You can empathize with my shock and awe when I not only saw all the horrible ingredients in these toxic concoctions they were trying to pump into my new baby, but also the fact that they would be giving the same dosage to my 9lb newborn as they would my grown adult 180lb husband!!! I started to dig deeper into the ingredients, and while they didn’t seem like that high of doses when you consider how much naturally occur in food, I thought wow those amounts sure add up once you get into the 64 recommended vaccines on the schedule now. I read about how those heavy metals store in the brain and are essentially neurotoxins that when stored in the brain like that have the potential to cause seriously neurological damage.
We came to a decision as a family that in our opinion the risk factor of destroying our child’s natural immune system, putting him at potential risk of neurological damage and heavy metal poisoning, all the while he would still be at risk of contracting any disease he was “immunized” for any way (considering most cases of pertussis are in the vaccinated child) just was not worth it for us. We instead became big proponents of full term or extended breast feeding, eating a complete non gmo whole food diet with very little processed food, only raw dairy (which is a rarity that we eat or have dairy at all), and consistently giving a regimen of vit d3, sambucus and probiotics. We have had our bouts of sickies in the almost 2 years we have been vaccine free we’ve had rotavirus (not that bad) and some cold and coughs here and there. We have boosted and encouraged his natural immune system so much during his short life that when he does catch a bug it has always been here and gone within a few days at most, whereas my friends with vaxed kids usually are dealing with the same bug and are unable to get rid of it for weeks upon weeks. There are many factors that go into deciding your specific families vaccine decisions but I don’t think the choice should ever be made out of fear on either side, I think it should be an informed decision knowing all the risks on both sides honestly and deciding what is more of a risk for your family.”
“The information for and against vaccinations can be overwhelming. Where does one even start? Like most folks vaccinations weren’t on my radar until I was pregnant with my daughter. What I have learned leads me to believe that for the vast majority of us, vaccinations are not only necessary but lifesaving. My feelings towards vaccinations have been substantiated by science and backed by facts.
A lot of diseases have been driven to the point of eradication thanks to vaccinations such as measles and small pox. Before vaccinations small pox killed THOUSANDS of children and after the introduction of mandatory vaccinations the disease all but disappeared. What concerns me is that the parents that are deciding not to vaccinate their children may be setting us up for another wave of these diseases, which effects not just their family but those around them. And this isn’t even really hypothetical anymore either, places like California and Washington where vaccination exemptions are increasingly common are starting to see rises in pertussis outbreaks.
I think as mothers we are often subjected to a lot of fear mongering when it comes to our children’s health. Well-meaning parents that are afraid of their child reacting to the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination need to look at the big picture here: The percentages of children who have died because of the vaccination are very very small. This is a situation where the benefits outweigh the obscure risks. If an unvaccinated child were to contract these diseases there is a strong chance of being permanently disabled or worse.
Also, let’s talk about vaccinations and autism. There is no causal link! This has been established by numerous research-backed peer-reviewed studies to the point that I don’t know how people are still trying to make this argument.** It is weak and scientifically unsubstantiated to the point of frustration. There is A LOT of possibilities as to why we are seeing more diagnoses of ASD. I would like to delve deeper into other explanations for increased ASD diagnoses but this probably isn’t best space. Another conversation, perhaps. =) I just want to also point out that the person who started the whole craze of vaccinations = autism, Andrew Wakefield, was later found to have fudged his results big time. He was found guilty of 4 counts of dishonesty and 12 counts of abusive towards developmentally challenged children and consequently lost his license.
Do I have all the answers? No and I would never claim to either. However, I feel I am making the most educated choice for my family. My only parting advice for other parents sitting on the fence is to not only do your own research but also more importantly, do it well. Check your sources and make sure it is backed by sound scientific research and not a blog. In the end I think it is important to put it in perspective: The cases of reactions to vaccinations are small compared to the number of people who have been saved by them. I vaccinate my daughter because I have based my decision on scientific facts, not a current media fad spearheaded by Jenny McCarthy. I believe in evidence and science, not NaturalNews.
If you are interested in some peer-reviewed, medically sound literature to help make your decision here is a good place to start:
“So when my husband and i found out we were pregnant we were way too worried about cute things like onesies and tiny socks to think about the serious stuff like vaccinating. We were of the mindset “let the doctor take care of it! That’s what he’s there for right?!” so when some of my hippie friends would ask me what we planned on doing about dun dun dun VACCINATING we were like uhhh do it. That’s what you do..right?
I had no idea people didn’t do it and their kids not die of some crazy 3rd world country disease. I assumed that’s what you did. Give your baby those shots and deal with a slight fever.
As i got further along into my pregnancy I began doing more research into natural birth, which of course led me into this world of amazing crunchy facebook groups and awesome moms and dads that gave so much information about topics i would have never have given a second thought: circumcision, delayed vaccinating, not vaccinating at all (and their kids were fine who would’ve thought??)
I was already getting so many telling me i would never make it through a natural birth, i wouldn’t like breastfeeding…on and on when i brought up what i had read a few people were saying about not vaccinating I always got a quick response of “you just do it! Or you’ll kill your kid!”
Fast forward to our son being born, an unexpected c-section, and a bit of baby blues you get a mama that is not too interested in thinking about more research or going against what the dr says you so..we got the first round of shots and i felt horrible about it.
There was my precious baby having to be held down by a nurse and screaming.
After that it was kind of like a wake up call. Ok we are responsible for this person and who cares what other people think! we decided we needed to get into gear and be serious about whether or not this was right for our family. I spent hours reading article after article, post after post. The facts were right there on cdc.gov. the ingredients were horrifying. All the toxic additives, all the lead, mercury, formaldehyde!! That’s what they put in dead people for goodness sake!*
The one that got my husband and i the most was the human diploid cell or mrc-5 which is a protein used from the tissue of aborted babies..lets call them what they are people…
We both felt like if we are trying to live healthy lives by eating well, using the most natural products possible ect. why would we put all of that junk in our bodies let alone our baby?! If people thought we were making a bad decision it didn’t matter.
As time has gone on I have become more secure in my parenting decisions and worried less about if people think I’m that crazy hippy lady. That term doesn’t offend me!
Alternative Vaccine Schedule
“In the beginning of my parenting journey I was completely pro vaccine. Coming from a family where almost everyone works in the medical field I had heard more than a few frightening stories about what can happen when you do not vaccinate a child ranging from an older sibling getting the measles and a much younger sibling then catching the measles from them and coming close to death or an unvaccinated teenage boy stepping on something while barefoot outside and getting tetanus and spending months in a coma. We also knew of the recent hype surrounding autism and vaccines but with no definitive answers we proceeded with our choice. So, needless to say when it came time to vaccinate my child I felt confident in my decision until my daughter was 6 months and was given a series of 4 shots at my pediatrician’s office. She had a horrible reaction that resulted in an extremely high fever and swelling and discoloration at the area the shot was given. This frightened my husband and I enough to question our choices and wonder how much is too much when it comes to vaccines in infant children.
After doing our research from everything to becoming non-vaccinating parents and even actually spending our time reading about autism and speaking to friends with autistic children and researching vaccine ingredients we came to the conclusion to put our daughter on an alternative vaccine schedule. This would mean our daughter would receive no more than two shots at a time and we had the choice to opt of vaccines we felt were risky or unnecessary for her age. Our main concern with the CDC vaccine schedule was that it was too much at one time. We felt as though we were overloading our daughters immune system prematurely for no real reason other than this is what we were told to do. And it was comforting to know that in the future if our daughter ever had another reaction to a vaccine we would be certain about which one caused it since she was only receiving one or two at a time. Yes, by putting our daughter on an alternative vaccine schedule we have added an extra doctor visit every once in awhile but my husband and I feel fully confident that we are doing what is best for our child by allowing her to gradually be protected from disease and at the same time being able to choose whether or not we feel a certain vaccine is safe for our daughter.
When deciding to choose an alternative vaccination schedule for your child the most helpful and knowledgable refferance for us has been The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears where he includes an example of what an alternative vaccine schedule looks like. But remember every family is different and you are always free to choose what vaccines you want your child to have. When it comes to vacinating our own child it came down to this, the connection between autism and vaccines has never been proven and most importantly we feel we need to protect our child from diseases in any way we can without exposing her to too much vaccine at one time so that there is less likliehood of a reaction. This quote from the Dr. Sears vaccine book says it just about right, “Obviously, the more kids who are vaccinated, the better our country is protected and the less likely it is that any child will die from a disease. Some parents, however, aren’t willing to risk the very rare side effects of vaccines, so they choose to skip the shots. Their children benefit from herd immunity (the protection of all the vaccinated kids around them) without risking the vaccines themselves. Is this selfish? Perhaps. But as parents you have to decide.” * “