While Iâ€™m on vacation until Aug. 9, Iâ€™m featuring several guest bloggers. This guest post is from Stephanie of Adventures In Babywearing.
Shot From The Heart
By Stephanie Precourt, Adventures In Babywearing
My decision to not vaccinate my children is something I get asked about a lot. This seems to be one of the hardest subjects to â€œagree to disagreeâ€ upon. Whether it is with your doctor, your mother, or your friend. I get the impression that when someone hears we do not vaccinate, they feel like they must put up their defenses and explain why they do. And all too often they think not vaccinating is neglectful and alarmist. But most of these people have never met someone with a vaccine-injured child. And many times they have not really researched- both sides or any side at all.
I do not vaccinate for a few different reasons that include adverse reactions immediately after vaccination for one of my children, neurological issues in my oldest son, as well as several years of research on the subject.
But I would never criticize those that do vaccinate. I understand that neither choice is easy. I am so glad that we at least have a choice and I hope everyone is making an absolutely informed choice- one made on their own and not only with the help and instruction of their doctor.
Some of the most common false assumptions parents have about vaccines are based on fear, and not on truth. They think their child wonâ€™t be able to attend school. You can see your stateâ€™s laws regarding that right here. Many parents think that since the mercury has been removed from vaccines, thereâ€™s nothing to worry about anymore. But not all mercury has been removed. You can see the CDC (Center For Disease Control) vaccine ingredient listing here. And one of the scariest thoughts of all is that your child will die if they get the chicken pox, measles, or tetanus. If you do your research on all the diseases children are â€œimmunizedâ€ for and see the true statistics and treatment options, itâ€™s not so scary anymore. To people like me, the ingredients alone in just one shot is what is frightening.
When we all are informed, aware, and concerned, then good changes can start happening. Until then, why shouldnâ€™t they just continue giving your baby shots with formaldehyde, aluminum, and thimerosal if no oneâ€™s complaining?
Doctors and the men and women running our government are human. They can be helpful, but they are not God. They do not know everything- how something will turn out tomorrow or in five years. In the end, only you as the parent are the one who will be held accountable. Go with your heart, your gut, and your instinct, and above all, make your choice an informed one.