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January 27th, 2009, 02:37 AM
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What are your reason's for vaccinating your children? What will you tell your children about vaccinations when they are older & starting their own families?
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My 3yr old son Landan died 23hrs after being diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis. It is a potentially vaccine preventable disease. The vaccine isn't on the schedule until 11-12yrs but is approved for use at age 2yrs. Our second son received the vaccine in December 2010 when he was 2yrs old. My son & thousands of other children prove that a vaccine is needed at a younger age.
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January 27th, 2009, 07:47 AM
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Well, for one, I don't for one second believe that vaccines cause autism. However, even if it did, I'd rather my child LIVE with autism than die from something I could've prevented. (And, yes, I KNOW how hard autism it...My best friend's little one is autistic. I was there when he was dx'd, at his IEPs, and I've even been his sole caregiver when she went into the hospital.)
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January 27th, 2009, 08:03 AM
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I'm not sure I ever really thought about WHY I vaccinate. For me, it was obvious and I feel I would do anything to protect my child. We have never had an adverse reaction to a vaccine so I see no reason to not continue to protect them from whatever I can.

I trust modern medicine. I don't buy into big theories about pharmaceutical companies. Just as I would do anything to heal my child from an illness, I will do whatever I can to protect them. When my children ask why they have to get a flu shot, I tell them that it's to protect them.

We are given this opportunity to rid the world of diseases that used to be so common and fatal. Why wouldn't we continue to fight against the disease?
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January 27th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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Like the PP, Lisa said - For me it's an obvious choice, I've never thought about NOT vaccinating my children. To be honest, I really never knew how against it people were until this past year when I was on a DDC at BabyCenter. I was pretty shocked, blown away, sad & upset that people don't vaccinate their children! I don't understand the reasoning behind it & nothing will make me understand. Why, why someone wouldn't take all the precautions to protect their children from fatal diseases is BEYOND me.

I will advocate to my children how important it is to be vaccinated & to protect their own children.
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My 3yr old son Landan died 23hrs after being diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis. It is a potentially vaccine preventable disease. The vaccine isn't on the schedule until 11-12yrs but is approved for use at age 2yrs. Our second son received the vaccine in December 2010 when he was 2yrs old. My son & thousands of other children prove that a vaccine is needed at a younger age.
Meningitis Awareness FB - http://www.facebook.com/meningitisawareness
Landan's Story - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dLwEgZaS68
Landan's Memorial bracelets are available at his website below.

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January 27th, 2009, 02:22 PM
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I vaccinate for ALL the reasons already posted here. And I have a little more faith in medical science than bleached-botox-faced-barbie-wannabe's who think they know everything because they have google.
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I have a little more faith in medical science than bleached-botox-faced-barbie-wannabe's who think they know everything because they have google.[/b]

I vaccinate because I want to keep my children from getting sick, simple as that. Yes, even the non-fatal diseases. I don't understand the argument that some illnesses are harmless or common. Why should my child be sick for a week, even uncomfortable, if I can prevent that?

On another board a woman tried to tell me that Pertussis is not a big deal. Well, I had it, it was a big deal to me. Yeah, it was not a threat to my life, but it was not fun, and given the choice between a shot and days and nights of wracking coughing I'd take the shot! And, as a child, the coughing fits that didn't let me catch my breath were scary!
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<span style="color:#ff00ff">Why do you choose to vaccinate your children?

If my children being vaccinated can save just one other child from dying from some stupid preventable disease, then it's worth all the "risks" that come with vaccinating.</span>
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January 28th, 2009, 06:47 AM
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I vaccinate for ALL the reasons already posted here. And I have a little more faith in medical science than bleached-botox-faced-barbie-wannabe's who think they know everything because they have google.[/b]
Oh yes! I'll take Amanda Peete over Jenny McCarthy (and Jim Carey??!) ANY day!

I think what people are saying about sick kids is so true. I hate it when my kids are sick and as their mommy I just want to make it better. I feel that by vaccinating them, it's my best chance to "make it better."
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January 28th, 2009, 10:11 AM
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I vaccinate because I don't want my son getting these diseases. I think parents who would rather their kids have natural immunity and even purposely expose them to diseases have never had them before. If they did, I bet there would be a lot more kids being vaccinated.
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