Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Vaccine Concerns

This is something that has been weighing on my mind for years (I can say that now because Little Olive is two). Ever since Little Huck was born, I'm going crazy wondering if I'm making the right call to not vaccinate against a couple diseases.

I can defend my position when it comes to Polio, Chicken Pox, Hep B, Measles, etc. But you never hear non-vaxers talking about why you shouldn't get Hib and Pc. In my old post about vaccines (read here), I said the breastfeeding/no daycare angle really lowers your chances of catching the illnesses. And yes, the ingredients of those vaccines are disgusting. But what if?? Do the cons outweigh the pros? I'm looking for facts. I'm looking for good, sound information that will help me make the best decision regarding these two vaccines. My doctor, who I respect a TON because she respects my position, recommends those two (Hib and Pc).  Meningitis is very serious, and by the time you know it's meningitis, isn't it almost too late?

This is what I'm reading, and it really scares me.

I'm asking if anyone has resources, sound and valid information regarding the Pc and Hib vaccines, please send them along. I'm not interested in fear-mongering articles from either side.

8 comments:

Megan said...

I too have debated back and forth about vaccines. I was trained as a nurse so you are bascially indoctrinated into the belief that every child should be vaccinated. We have decided that at one (which is now so I better get on it) we are going to do the Hib, Pc, and DTAP vaccines. After reading the Dr. Sears book (the best book I have read about vaccines) the Hib vaccine is fairly safe because it doesn't contain alot of heavy metals. Hib is not very common but is a very serious disease and very dangerous if not diagnosed in time. The Pc and DTAP vaccines are not as safe but they offer protection from serious diseases that are fairly common. I wish that they would split up the DTAP vaccine because I would just like to vaccinate against pertussis but of course they do not :( Good luck with making that decision it is an extremely HARD one to make!!!

Maggie said...

Thanks for your input, Megan! I wish the DTaP was separated too! I have a feeling a LOT of parents only want the pertussis vaccine out of those three.

BritB said...

I have been having the same thoughts lately as well with our new baby girl. I really respect our doctor and she recommends the same ones + DTaP. I have had a really hard time finding middle ground FACTS on this issue. I have read articles from both sides and end up terrified to make either decision! If you find anything or are directed towards anything that is near middle ground please let me know. I believe at this point we will do Hib, Pc and DTaP (we also only want pertussis). The reason why I am leaning towards vaccinating against those 3 is because I am going back to work on the Pediatric floor of our county hospital and deal with the very ill children in our community. One thing that Josh always reminds me when I am fearful about vaccinating or not vaccinating is that first we need to trust the Lord. He loves our babies even more than we do (Hard to imagine!).

Maggie said...

What a beautiful perspective, Brit! Thanks. And I will definitely be passing along anything I find out. Stay tuned!

Sheila said...

I don't have a good source for you either, but we decided not to do those vaccines because they're comparatively new. I didn't get them, and neither did anyone in our generation. We were fine, and the infant mortality rate wasn't significantly higher back then. I might think differently if we put our kids in daycare, but we don't, so the risks seem quite low to me.

Lyz said...

The best resource I have found is The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears as you stated it is the best non-bias informative information I can find. My pediatrician recommends a delayed schedule but respects our choices no matter what. My son is only 12 weeks and he had the Dtap and rotavirus @ 9 weeks. He is breastfed and does not attend daycare. The reasons I chose these 2 vaccines is because last year our community had the largest outbreak of Pertussis since the 70's (according to my Dr and the CDC). Also, 1 day a week my MIL watches him for about 3 hours and she has a 9 yo son who goes to school and I am sure is exposed to all sorts of illness and brings them home. In 2 weeks we are suppose to go back for HIB and PC I still haven't decided 100%. I feel like if I get them I am exposing him to toxins and horrible stuf...if I don't I am risking his precious life. UGH! the choices we must make as parents. I know many people who say well you were vaccinated & you were fine, true but there weren't as many vaccines back then either! Plus, we didn't have the wonderful internet and such to research things effectively. If you find anything useful please share!!

Lyz said...

I also forgot to add that i work @ an assisted living facility workin with the elderly. As you can imagine there are visitor's daily and we have alot of illness run through there...that's another reason I slightly lean toward vaccinating (only the major ones).

Maggie said...

Those are all great pieces of information...thanks, ladies!