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July 25th, 2011, 04:46 PM
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I just want opinions.. Its hard to find information on the web about this, and some stuff just scares me more...This is cross posted because I want both ends of the vaccine debate and different views to help me make a decision..

My daughter has to get her 15 month shots tomorrow, the MMR and Varicella.. I am so so so nervous about the MMR.. I was going to try to wait until around 2 to get it..she stays home and is watched by my MIL and we never travel, etc.. However we are in an area where there are ALOT of colleges with people who come in from all over the world (including IV league Cornell University) and I know that Measles and Mumps have started to increase in the number of infections..

I just don't know what to do. She is up to date with every other vaccine except I opted out on the rotovirus vaccine.. My son (who is 7) has had every vaccine on schedule.

My husband thinks I should just get it, but I'm afraid of it. I know that the whole correlation between Autism and MMR has been "proven" over and over again to be illegitamate, but I can't help but wonder..

I know if I ask the doc he will say that its fine, she's better to have it than not to, and that there is NO connection between MMR and Autism.. I still can't shake the feeling I have about it screaming "NOT GOOD!" I dont know what to do.. I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons here.
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July 25th, 2011, 08:19 PM
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We don't vaccinate at all but if we DID do some, those wouldn't even be on my radar. Unless you regularly feed your kids lunchables, hot dogs, juice and fast food, those diseases aren't a terrible threat. Healthy kids don't die from any of those diseases. They used to be considered benign childhood illnesses. Some baby books still have "measles" *gasp* on the list of 'Childhood Illnesses I've Had' LOL It's NOT THAT BAD... really! And that's if you GET them

I would trust your mommy instinct on this one. There is no harm in getting it at 2 or even later. Your daughter sounds like she's pretty low risk anyhow. Best of luck

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July 26th, 2011, 05:55 AM
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I would listen to your mommy gut and wait it out a few more months until she is 2. That is when she will have a brain/blood barrier and it will be safer. You can always vax later, but you can never unvax

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July 26th, 2011, 06:34 AM
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what i'm afraid of, is if I DONT get it and she ends up getting measles/mumps.. But She has gone what? almost 16 months without it, I just wanted to wait until she was 2. My husband thinks she should have it now, but he doesn't do as much research about these things as I do. i will say I regret NOT getting the rotovirus vaccine.. I thought that because we don't live in a 3rd world country, doctors and hospitals are readily available if she should get THAT sick from it.. My son is SEVEN and has never been that sick.. well, guess what? she got THAT sick. Had to be hospitalized for dehydration. SHe just refused to eat or drink a single thing. Was absolutely miserable. She slept for almost 24 hours straight one day.. After IV fluids though, she got better.. so I am like, well if she DOES get it, I will kick myself... I just simply dont know what to do.
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July 26th, 2011, 08:01 AM
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for what it's worth my friend who is very vax friendly went thru ALL of her kids having rotovirus....and at least the youngers were vaxed for it....but they still got it...

Anyway....here's the thing...you can always catch up the missed vaccine...but you cannot undo it. If you have reservations wait until you know it's the right time. Just dont let fear guide you...either way. I dont vaccinated at all anymore. Not because I am scared of what the vaccines will do but because of how they are made and what they put into their systems....the thought of something going wrong IS in my reasoning but it's not THE reason...kwim? Fear mongering is all to common with so many things these days...."they" use fear to make us do things or not do things....which isn't fair...if fear is guiding all decisions then your emotions are getting in the way of what your brain/heart are saying is the right thing to do. So anyway....those are my thoughts

Good luck!
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We aren't to give a baby milk, berries, or peanut butter. We are to introduce new foods one at a time. But it's OK to inject several viruses, bacteria, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, animal serum, mercury, squalene and more into an 8 week old? I don't think so.
In order to be healthy it is an unfortunate fact that people must be allowed the opportunity to be ill. I trust my body and those of my children to work correctly against the relatively benign diseases they vax for, and do not trust the ingredients in the vaccinations.
Our choice to not vax isn't based in ignorance, poverty, conspiracy theory and rumor. It's research, common sense, fact and evidence based..something the medical community has largely forgot about.
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