i think at this point, living in the US, we're pretty set on not giving any of the normal childhood vaccines. if we change our minds, we'll just take them to get current on their shots right before the school year... there's much less chance of side effects at that age, mostly because they say that they've "outgrown" several of the vaccines that have the worst effects. (the pertussis one is notorious, and i think they only give that one until 4 or something.) many of my family and friends balked when i told them. but after hearing much of the information that i learned, they were at least bearable on the subject. now, since wren is so small... i think they're actually in agreement with me whole-heartedly. (to at least let her get bigger.)
i'm not getting my info from jenny mccarthy. and i'm not only worried about autism either. there are TONS of side effects. i'm sure most of you have experienced a baby after their shots.... not a happy camper. sickly, fussy, feverish, with a rash or swelling at the injection site. and that is not even considered an adverse reaction. that is the best of cases. here's some information that i came across in my research last year. (and most of it is not from crazy militia home schooling nutballs either...most of it. :)
- the only active cases of polio in the last 10 years in the US have been in vaccinated people. polio was on the decline in the US approximately 5 years before the mass vaccinations started. despite the astronomical numbers of vaccinations in places declared "polio free" by WHO in the 90s, outbreaks have occurred in several.
- in the measles outbreaks of the late 90s, 85% of the kids had been fully vaccinated (all 3 sets of mmrs), the next 10% had 2, and the next 4% had 1... only 1% of all the kids in the outbreak hadn't been vaccinated!
- the measles and chickenpox are some of the only diseases vaccinated for that is are still active in developed countries.
- one of my favorite things i hear, on msg boards and from some friends and family, is "you're endangering the rest of the kids by not vaccinating!" either the vaccines work and your kids can't catch chickenpox or measles or polio from mine, or they don't work, and i'm just keeping my kid a little healthier.
- the FDA says that most vaccines are only good for 5-10 yrs. so i'm not going to let my kids get these childhood illnesses, measles ad chickenpox when they're kids like they were intended to. i'm going to make them wait and catch it as teenagers or adults when its so serious as to be life threatening in some cases. hellllloooo shingles!
- japan had a comparable rate to the US in SIDS cases. in the 70s japan upped the starting age for their vaccines to age 2. (from the normal 2 months.) japan now has basically no instances of SIDS.(.4% per 1000 births.)
- the vaccine adverse effects reporting system (VAERS) for the FDA reports that 1% of the reported adverse reactions are death. (most of these from the pertussis, or whooping cough vaccine. the -p in DPT) the FDA also reports that they estimate only 10% of adverse reactions are reported.
- the CDC reports that among school age children measles outbreaks have occurred in schools with higher than 98% vaccination. some even at 100%.
- i think it was november 2007 when the government conceded a court case that linked the 18month shots, where a little girl recieved 9 shots, 2 containing thimerosal (mercury), to her progression into autism. they said her shots aggravated a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder, which "presents as autism". as of 2008 there were about 5k cases in "vaccine court".
just an aside: did you know that the FDA does no research of their own on anything? anything! they rely on research provided to them by the pharmaceutical companies selling the vaccine. the advisory boards that decide what is approved not only consists of doctors but of shareholders to pharmaceutical companies and representatives of the companies themselves. most disturbingly, frankly, there is no way to guarantee the safety of a vaccine in the human population without injecting it into large quantities of people and seeing what happens. the vaccine manufacturers are not even liable for any negative consequences of their products-damages are paid out through a fund which is maintained through a portion of proceeds paid for by consumers of vaccines.
i guess i just always question the assumption that nature needs our help. that seems to be the common thread today in most of our thinking, especially medically. at the risk of sounding a little crunchy, i'll admit i take d-mannose for my UTI, not antibiotics. i take grapefruit seed extract for infections. i also eat handfuls of granola, and plan on wearing my baby. :) people place all their trust in doctors, hospital beds, tons of medications, formula, cribs, and fast food to get them through the day. but i'd like to think that herbs, homeopathics, breastmilk, arms and healthy foods are better choices.
all i would say is do your research. at least know that you're making an educated decision when it comes not only to things like vaccines, but healthcare in general. do your research on foods, on toys, on cars, on cleaning supplies, on anything you can. know your options... if you are blessed enough to have them.