Visit Oh! BabyOpinionated Parenting

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Inoculations definitely serve a purpose, because tetanus and polio and meningitis are serious diseases that will mess a body up. But keeping to the “recommended” injection schedule by forcing all that serum in such a young little body is ludicrous. If your goal is to bolster your child’s immune system, you might want to wait until s/he actually has one.

When we were looking for a pediatrician, our primary criterion was an open mind toward delaying inoculations as long as possible. We did a lot of research, as all parents should, about the pros and cons of early immunization, and we decided there really wasn’t much of a need to guard against Hep B, for example, since we were reasonably certain our infant son wasn’t sharing drug needles or having unprotected sex.

We were also put off by all the heated controversy over thimerosal and its alleged association with the appalling surge in autism cases over the past ten years. We learned that thimerosal kept costs down by allowing drug companies to sell the vaccines in larger, multiple-dose vials. And now, despite years of preaching its harmlessness, Big Pharma has suddenly decided to start removing thimerosal from most vaccinations. Imagine what other policy shifts might await us.

Our older son has started preschool, so we’re listening to our pediatrician and catching up to where the AAP wants us to be. And were taking our time, because we’d rather keep our sons’ intake of ammonium sulfate, pig blood, rabbit brain, monkey kidney, fetal bovine serum, formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate, antifreeze, and washed sheep red blood cells to a minimum.

Permalink | Vaccinations | Comments (9)

Comments

Sorry, Mr. LOD, you are way off on this one.

Those recommendations by the CDC are based on the best scientific evidence about when and how vaccines work. If children didn't have an immune system when the vaccines were given, the vaccine wouldn't do anything to protect them.

However, children of the appropriate ages DO have functional immune systems and the vaccines DO protect them.

Further, on your thoughts that Hep B vaccines aren't necessary for children since they don't share needles or have unprotected sex, what about the parents of your child's playmates? HepB can be transmitted by human bites or other bodily fluid exchanges.( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15911449&query_hl=1 )

According to the CDC, there are an "Estimated 1.25 million chronically infected Americans, of whom 20-30% acquired their infection in childhood". The earlier someone encounters HepB, the more likely it is that they will develop the chronic form of the disease, which increases the chance of death due to liver failure. ( http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/b/fact.htm )

That isn't a risk I am willing to take.

I probably am coming across too passionately, probably because I am.

As parents, we can only try our best to make the best decisions we can from the available information. Every parent will probably disagree with every other parent on at least one issue, but the data on the safety and efficacy of vaccines is extremely solid.

I hope people who are considering not vaccinating their children according to the CDC schedule will do as much research on the options as you did, and carefully weigh the known and high risks of non-vaccination against the low or unknown risk of vaccine side effects.

Posted by: Brian Haugen | Sep 30, 2005 2:45:14 PM

Way to go Laid off Dad. I'm glad to hear you took some personal accountability and did the research you needed to do. More parents need to make educated decisions on this subject. The more you learn about vaccinations the scarier they become. I know so many parents that just go get the shots because that's what they were told to do. They think that just because a doctor told them to do it that it's safe. Vaccinations are relatively new to humanity and we have no idea what the long term ramifications are. It seems we learn more every day, and I'm not willing to turn my kid into a lab rat any time soon.

Posted by: just some dad | Oct 3, 2005 1:47:45 PM

My four month old has her next check-up (with immunizations expected) scheduled for this wednesday. She received her first round of five innoculations at two months, but this time things will be different.

After doing my own reading, I've decided to wait until she's at least two years old. Even then she will receive one vaccine at a time, with ample time between them for recovery. I do believe that many of these ailments we try to ward off with vaccinations can be whooped with sound nutrition.

There have been no PROVEN long-term negative repercussions for vaccines because the effects haven't been studied adequately.

It is appalling that I alone know three families who have been injured by vaccines. In ten years, or whenever someone comes forward on Big Pharma as Jeffrey Wigand did for Big Tobacco, we'll be thankful that we avoided this catastrophe.

Posted by: HollyRhea | Oct 4, 2005 11:38:46 AM

With my first son I delayed vaccinations and didn't let them give him more than one at a time. This resulted in several trips back to the doctor, and the shot-doctor's-office connection becoming firmly engraned in his developing psyche. In general it was a huge pain. Plus, it made me worry about general germage all the more.

Now that I have two in school and one infant I would never even flirt with exposing her to any of the innoculation-worthy strains out there. Sure, I postponed the Hep B until her first office visit, why put her through more than she needs to in her first few days. But she's already had an ear infection and she's only three months. I just don't have enough soap, hand sterilizer or arms to keep the germs (i.e., her brothers hands and sloppy kisses) away this time.

When it comes to linking vaccines with problems it seems everything's anecdotal, nothing's proven. But it is proven that vaccines do what they're supposed to do: prevent devastating diseases.

Posted by: Kris | Oct 4, 2005 1:47:53 PM

My youngest son got the measles after his MMR vaccine. I contacted the Dr. who said "Nothing to worry about", but then spoke to a friend who's son is autistic. She said that I needed to make sure that the next time he was due to have a vaccine with MMR that I have the Dr. draw a blood titre first to see if his levels were sufficient enough to not have to vaccinate.

Do you know I had to go through 4 doctors before I finally got one who would listen to me and do as I requested. A titre was drawn and it was determined that he didn't need another MMR - ever. He wrote a letter to the school and I still had to fight the school principal and then the board of education before they'd accept it and let him in school. Ridiculous!

Way to go doing your homework on the vaccines. I have no problem with each parent's individual decisions - I just hope they take the time to research the way you did.

Posted by: carol | Oct 4, 2005 2:52:07 PM

Sorry Brian, I have to differ with you on the CDC for one simple reason. Why on earth would I take anything the government says at face value? Like everything else we're told in this world, a responsible parent takes in multiple sources of information and weighs each decision with all available "facts" and "viewpoints" possible. I'm by no means talking down vaccinations, but a healthy dose of skepticism is needed when our government is guided by special interests, politics, religion, and most of all, money.

Posted by: AJ | Oct 4, 2005 5:17:29 PM

[quote]Vaccinations are relatively new to humanity...[/quote]
yeah, and so is an infant mortality rate under 50%.

The Thimerasol connection deserves more attention, but vaccinations have been around for longer than a generation. It's hardly 'breakthrough science' that we have no idea what it will do to a person.

Didn't you get them?

I really, sincerely hope your kids don't get sick and I believe that it's up to you to make these decisions for your own kids using the best judgement you can. But...I feel a lot better knowing that if polio does make a comeback here because so many people are now opting out of vaccines, my son will be covered.

Posted by: LizRM | Oct 5, 2005 12:43:14 AM

I am from the generation that got polio. One of my best friends spent a year in an iron lung, and walked with a limp ever since. Many of my schoolmates and even college friends had withered limbs as a result of the disease. The Salk and Sabin vacines irradicated an ugly disease with good science. I want my grandson protected!

Posted by: GIC | Oct 5, 2005 2:14:16 AM

Hey,

It seems to me that "STEVE" from Thesneeze.com eats all that ammonium sulfate, pig blood, rabbit brain, monkey kidney, fetal bovine serum, formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate, antifreeze, and washed sheep red blood cells on a regular basis. And he's just fine!!! Heh!

Posted by: Turtlellini | Oct 5, 2005 1:24:00 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.