Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The vaccination debate

My daughter has her regular check up soon, and it is time again to consider whether I will allow her to get the recommended vaccinations.  So far I have allowed her to receive all the ones recommended, just on an altered schedule.  Now the tough decisions are going to be coming, like MMR, and the pressure from doctors to get the flu shot, which we have never favored.  

There is suppose to be a ton of scientific evidence that vaccines work; however, there is also no determined cause for autism, and vaccinations have not been ruled out.  There was recently a Japanese study that proved a link between the two.   It can be anything from an ingredient in a vaccine, to a reactions between two or more of them, or even, a combination, faced with a specific genetic trait that could be causing an increase in occurrence.  Hopefully one day we will have answers.  Until then, must we conform and follow recommendations?   

When I was young, we were required to receive 7 immunizations, my daughter today is required to get 14.  Sometimes piggybacked to be the equivalent of  8 or 9 vaccines at once.  Even if considered safe, that is an awful lot for such a little body to handle all at once.  We have never been a family who relies on the drug store or pharmacist.  We prefer not to allow these chemicals into our bodies, but are required to put ones worse into our daughter?

Did you know that people with Eczema should not get a vaccine for smallpox?  How about if you have a egg allergy you could have a reaction to the flu shot, and what if it is given to a child to young to know of they have an egg allergy yet??  How about a connection between vaccines and diabetes?  What about adult booster shots causing problems such as auto immune disorders?  There is a ton of mixed information out there,with the government & pharmaceutical companies being, seemingly the only ones, saying they are safe.

I live in WV, which has one of the toughest laws for vaccinations exemptions.  My daughter is required to be on schedule in order to attend public school.  Some child care centers even require them to be current on their shot record.  Religious beliefs and personal beliefs do not matter! Refusal to get immunizations basically requires you to home school your child.  Which with all we are seeing today may not be a bad thing to consider.

For other parents I would love to hear from you on your feelings towards the requirements, or how you have managed to navigate through the dreaded immunization schedule to allow for something potentially less harmful for your children.  Or do you simply follow recommendations and don't question the doctors?  As parents isn't it our job to try and protect our children?  With all the mixed information out there, I guess you can only make an informed decision, if you are well informed.