In a recent study on vaccinations, results showed that vaccinated children have 2-5 times more diseases and disorders than unvaccinated children.
We chose to vaccinate Adam when he was a baby. We were young and didn’t know better. I honestly thought that vaccinating was the only option and that we didn’t have a choice. Obviously, I didn’t do any research and trusted Adam’s pediatrician because he had his best interest at heart, right? Well, 2.5 years and much research later, we decided that we wouldn’t vaccinate Lucas. While we haven’t ruled out all vaccinations all together, Lucas has yet to receive any and I don’t know when or if he will.
One part of the article kind of shocks me, but it probably shouldn’t…
No study of health outcomes of vaccinated people versus unvaccinated has ever been conducted in the U.S. by CDC or any other agency in the 50 years or more of an accelerating schedule of vaccinations (now over 50 doses of 14 vaccines given before kindergarten, 26 doses in the first year).
First, I’m shocked (and frankly, disgusted) by the amount of vaccines given within the first year. Delayed schedules! It’s extremely difficult to pin point a reaction to a vaccine if you’re given 2-4 at a time. Secondly, it’s disappointing that there aren’t more NON-biased, evidence based research and studies done on the vaccine versus anti-vaccine front. Sigh.
I believe that choosing to vaccinate (or not) is definitely an extremely difficult parenting decision (one of many!) and if you’ve done your research and THEN decide, then I support that – even if I don’t agree with it.
I recently had a great friendly debate with some other mamas over vaccinating and one thing that came up was the flu shot. Someone made a comment along the lines of “I’ll do anything to keep my child healthy, so he’ll get the flu shot”. I found that comment interesting because I would say that exact same thing in regards to NOT giving my children the flu shot.
If you are on the fence about vaccinating, I highly recommend The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears for a great pros/cons debate so you can make an informed decision.
What are your thoughts on this recent study? I’m also curious to know if you will be giving your kid(s) the flu shot?
You can see the full article here. Friendly debates are always welcome!