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Is there anyone here who used to be on the non-vax side and now supports vaccination? If so, what led you to the change? I feel very strongly about this issue and I feel that when debating it, "the facts" are not convincing to most non-vaxxers. I'd like to arm myself with as much science AND personal stories as possible.
(FYI: I generally don't debate on this board. I do so with other people I talk to in person and on some other boards.)
Hey, sorry it it's taken me so long to get back to this - busy weekend, Sydney's birthday, and then some of the kids are down with the flu (not the baby who go her flu shot though ).
Anyways, when I had kids, I never even considered NOT vaccinating. Having had whooping cough as a child and a family member with polio I had always thought vaccines were a good thing UNTIL my (then 2½ year old) son Angus was diagnosed with autism. All of a sudden I found myself on the fence about vaccines, because of all the controversy surrounding them and autism, and people asking me if he got it from his vaccines. I began questioning everything. I had read plenty that discredited the autism/vaccine link theory, but really hadn't given it much thought, and now that I had a kid with autism, and was due any day to have another baby, I decided I needed to learn more before I could continue with Gus's immunizations or give any to the new baby. I read everything I could, studies and articles, talked to doctors, visited this board an the non-vax board, and delayed giving the kids any vaccines in the meantime - Sydney didn't get any from birth to age 1 (and had chicken pox, rotavirus and flu ). By the time Sydney was a year old though, I felt comfortable with resuming their vaccinations. I just had more faith in what I read FOR vaccines, in the science behind them, the studies dispelling the MMR/autism link, and just didn't find all the anti-vax info as credible. So, I got off the fence on the pro-vax side and have never looked back .
Crissy ♥ mama to Jack 7.16.01 ~ Mia Bella 10.29.02
Angus Pickle 2.24.04 ~ Sydney Bean 10.26.06 & Kater Tot 2.15.09
Thanks for sharing your story. With the non-vaccinating parents I've talked with, I always get stuck on the paranoia. When I try to discredit it, I end up hearing "well that's what they want you to think!" I feel like there's no way to convince them so I just don't bother. I'm glad that you were able to do your research (which I'm sure consisted of more than "google university" ) and make an informed decision.