Recently I picked up a copy of The Vaccine Book by Robert W. Sears. After writing this post in May, I got a few comments suggesting I read this book. I didn’t know where I stood on vaccines or how I was going to learn everything there is to know. I must say, this book really is a great resource! I feel much more educated and knowledgeable about vaccines now and I feel a little bit better about the choices I’m making for my son. I find myself constantly referring back to this book as well. It’s full of pencil marks and highlighted words.
Basically it’s like I’m in college again. Except what I’m learning and researching is not for a made up character in my fiction health class drama scenario. It’s real. It’s for my son.
Vaccines are huge in my book. There are a lots of points to be looked at, a lot of things to consider and a lot of decision to be made. It was important to me that I educated myself on what exactly vaccinations are and what they do before I just followed some recommend schedule given to me, or obeyed my doctor like he was Prince of Egypt. And even if he was Prince of Egypt (which would be rather strange, considering we live in the USA) I wouldn’t go to him for all my life’s questions and wonderings.
I would figure it out for myself.
After reading and discussing this book with my husband we both (mostly) agreed on vaccinating our son fully (or almost fully) but putting him on a delayed schedule. I don’t believe in completely not vaccinating, but I also don’t believe in injecting small children with four different vaccines in a two minute period. I believe that vaccines are important and they do prevent disease but I don’t believe they are all necessary.
“If some of the theoretical problems with vaccines are real, this schedule circumvents most of them. If the problem’s aren’t real, then the only drawbacks is the extra time, effort, and cost for the additional doctor’s office visits. It means more gas money, more co-pays, and more “scary” episodes for your child. Oh, and you risk really annoying your doctor because you’re trying to think outside of the box. However, it does eventually provide complete protection from diseases, and it does so at an an age appropriate age. It gives kids protection from diseases at the ages when those diseases are the most troublesome, and it doesn’t unnecessarily overload young kids with vaccines that they don’t really need until they’re older.”
If you’re still on the fence and have questions about vaccinations, I strongly recommend picking up a copy of Dr. Sears Vaccine Book. There are also some great comments from readers in this post who share their thoughts and feelings about vaccinating. I encourage you to check it out and look into reading the book. There are many other vaccinations books out there as well. Read them all. Anti -vax, for -vax, in-between -vax. Get out a fancy highlighter. Buy some fun sticky notes.
Be confident in the decisions you make for your children.