||[Dec. 6th, 2007|02:15 pm]
Vaccine Awareness & Education
My daughter has her first baby checkup tomorrow morning. I'm nervous about the whole thing. I dont know anything about the vaccines or which ones are bad. Or if any are good. Can any of you give me a list of vaccines to avoid completely? How important is it to get the pertussis vaccine because I have a friend who has this and hasnt been vaccinated to my knowledge.And watching/hearing her cough her whole life kills me. Is this a vaccine to avoid?|
Sorry if I seem like a deer in the headlights, but thats exactly how I feel. What should I expect at this appointment? I know I need to express that I dont want my child vaccinated so young, but I dont feel confident enough to stick up for my decision. Any help or guidance will be greatly appreciated.
Personally, I am delaying all until 2 and only doing selected ones for my son. DTaP will be one we'll be doing, most likely, but I'm going to attempt to get it split up into individual doses. I'd suggest not doing any this time and giving yourself more time to research.
Don't let the doctor intimidate you into giving them! Come up with a line, like "We are delaying all vaccines at present, and don't want any at this visit" and don't let them sway you from it. If they're pushy, changing doctors might be a good idea.
check out Dr Sears website. he has a lot of god info on vax.http://www.askdrsears.com/thevaccinebook/
Also check out Dr Mercola.
There are a ton of sites to check out and get info.
If you are not sure about vaxxing , just let your dr know you arent going to vax at this time. Ask him for a list of the vaccines he is going to give her and also ask for the manufacturs name. You can also ask for a list of ingrediants in each of the vaccines he carries. Let him know you are wanting to make a informed decision on the matter BEFORE you vax.
OR do what I did and say not yet, we are delaying vax till she is older. It will also give you time to decide what you want to do. OR , say fro religious reasons you arent going to vax and say no more. OR, say you are checking the ingrediants because in case a family member has had a allergic reaction to one of them. OR just say no and give no reasons.
We're not doing vax's until..well..until a lot of things happen. First and foremost, they actually develop a *SAFE* and effective vaccine. But thats neither here nor there. ;) Also, I have the delaying schedule by Stephanie Cave up in my journal, if you would like to see it/consider it/whatever. :)
I wasn't vax'd for pertussis after the first shot I was given as a child. I had a rather severe reaction to it. But since then, I've gotten pertussis. While it did suck somewhat while I had it, its been quite a few years since, and I *never* cough like I did while I had it. I don't believe that symptoms or residual issues from pertussis should last more than a few years, if that. I know that cold exacerbates my coughing, even still, but even that has lessened quite a bit to really being quite negligible. (And not just because I'm in FL now! haha Even when I've been back up north during the dead of winter.) So...would I say the pertussis vaccine is worth it? No.
Just tell the Dr. that you plan on delaying vaccinations until you have had more time to research things and leave it at that. Don't let them bully you - remember: a shot given can't be undone, but a decision to wait can always be reversed.
You should really take the time to research this for yourself. Delaying for a few months isn't going to change much, especially if you breastfeed.
no one can tell you what to do. vaccines need a cost/benefit analysis for what your family would benefit most from. for some, that means never. you just need to stand up for your daughter, she can't do it for herself! your a mom now, it's your job :)