I’ve started a vaccination post numerous times, but every time I do, I always end up staring at a blank screen for minutes. The thing is, vaccinations are such a complicated thing. There are so many things I don’t understand about it. I know what is recommended by the CDC and by doctor’s, but that doesn’t mean I think they’re completely right. I know what book’s say. I know what the research is saying.
I know that doctor’s are saying vaccinations don’t cause autism. I know that. My son’s pediatrician has told me a million times. He agrees with me that there are too many unnecessary vaccines available today and that they’re not all necessary.
I believe that diet, lifestyle choices, and the environment play a huge, huge
roll in our health- especially the health of our children. Diseases, sickness, disorders, behavior’s
, and our quality of life, in my opinion is highly determined by those things. I know there’s genetics- that’s a factor too, sure.
One of the things that scares me about vaccinations, is that I don’t know exactly what’s in them. I don’t understand exactly how they work in my tiny baby’s body. And I want to know. When I feed my baby food, I want to know the ingredients. I want to know exactly what is entering his body. I want to know how the food is grown and how it’s made. If my nurse is going to stick a needle in my fragile baby, I want to know exactly what’s going in him. I want to know how it works to prevent a disease. I want to know how his (and everyone’s) body handle’s vaccinations. All of it. And- I don’t. I don’t know nearly enough to feel educated enough on the subject to trust that what is going inside my baby is okay.
Phew. Glad to get that out.
Have it be about vaccinating your child, deciding on the food they eat, circumcision, the school’s you send them to or anything you’re faced with when raising them, I think we have to make our own decisions based on our own findings and belief’s. Just becuase a book says it’s right, it doesn’t mean it’s right. Just because a doctor says it’s right, doesn’t mean it’s right. It certainly may be, but it certainly might not be. I think that as parents, as mothers, we have to do our own research on anything that we do or don’t do for/with/to our children. I don’t believe in asking my doctor a question and doing exactly as he says just because he’s my doctor. I respect my doctor, I like him, and I think he is smart and highly educated. But, I still believe in learning things for yourself and deciding what is best for your child based on that.
Having said all that, I’m not for vaccinations but I’m not against them either. I stand somewhere in the middle. As for my son, my husband and I haven’t decided completely what we’re doing with vaccinations. I take them very seriously and I haven’t felt confident enough to make a certain choice yet. As of now, and what will most likely coutinue to be, we are choosing to delay some vaccinations, avoid some completely and offer some at a delayed schedule. I would share with you which we’re choosing to avoid, but the truth is, I don’t know yet.
So there you have it. I stand in the middle.
I realize that heated debates usually arise around vaccination discussions. There are probably a few of you that agree with me, a few that think I should vaccinate my son at all, and a few of you that disagree with me whole heartedly and will tell me to get every single vaccination on the day thier recommended. Thank you for having an opinion. I welcome a debate. In fact, I’d love to hear what others think on this issue and why you think that way. Just please be respectful and kind of others (and mine!) thoughts and comments.