Vaccines, Freedom, & Ethics
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MY OWN BIAS
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WHAT'S AT STAKE
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QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1/26/2009 01:49:57 am
I think this is a very interesting topic and one that I have been thinking a lot about recently as our baby's birth is just weeks away. Personally I started out as potentially anti-vaccination, until I realized that it's only because most everyone opts "in" to vaccination that I would feel safe opting "out." If everyone chose not to vaccinate then the risks of acquiring a potentially deadly illness would be much higher. As it is the risk is only low because everyone vaccinates. That's not to say I don't believe parents still have the right to choose, because I believe they do, but it's good to remember that one's choice to opt out is predicated on everyone else participating and keeping the risk low. Just my two cents. I think in the end I'll probably choose the alternative schedule as you guys did.
1/26/2009 03:13:12 am
This is a big topic. I believe 100% parents should have the right to choose. When we had Lillie, we really struggled with to vaccinate or not to. Ultimately, we chose to vaccine her but we would not (and still don't) allow her to get more than 2 vaccines at a time. I just dont feel it is healthy, and if you are giving them so many, how can you know what they are reacting to? Now with Seth, we have done it a little different. He still gets all of his and only 2 at a time, we however did refuse the MMR. This is the one that is linked to autism, primarily in boys. I personally have seen this outcome in a friend of mine. There are just too many people out there claiming this for me to risk it. I dont feel comfortable. There were so many people refusing it, that the FFC (I think thats right) actually released a statement finally saying they would research the connection of the two. However, we never heard anything else. Once Seth is older, I may decide he is safe to then get the MMR shot, but not until he is AT LEAST 5.
Thanks for your comment Tamara, you seem to feel pretty strongly about this.
I cannot even begin to tell you the emotional trauma I've experienced over this issue. I just wish more doctors were actually open to options, we've actually had to change pediatricians. Finally found a wonderful one, with a decent head on her shoulders about the whole issue. It's the first one I've talked to that I don't feel is just turning a blind eye to the whole thing and pushing for the recommendations no matter what.
1/30/2009 02:55:14 am
OK, so first of all, I meant FDA, not FCC. Such a dork! Haha.
12/16/2009 06:40:23 am
well my son had partial of his vaccines.. and to tell you the truth.. i have refused any more. just the research and links that all these kids have are horrible. we trust our drs with our kids and some just do what we are told. i was told that i would lose my child care assistants if i refuse to give my son the rest of his shots. i have filed a philosophy exemption.. i havent heard anything back yet.. but VACCINES contain animal blood and get this... aborted fetus.. ugh.. no wonder capital hill wants to keep abortion legal
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Nathan Key likes to think about faith and philosophy and talk about it with others. He lives with his family in New Hampshire. He doesn't always refer to himself in the third person.