Hello everyone. Here i come again with a question
I lived in NY state for almost 9 years. I have a 3 year old and we did all the immunizations, according to AAP.
From conversations with my family, who lives overseas, I discovered that in my home country immunizations are not done until the child is at least 5 months old, but the immunizations are given all the way through school. They include TB and small pox on top and the rest. The only vaccination they do not do is mumps.
I started doing research on vaccinations in US and for a second I questioned the purpose of vaccinating an infant so small - like preemies and newborns. I also talked to some parents who don't immunize at all.
Recently, I entered nursing school
and got a job at a hospital. Titers/immuizations were mandatory.
After working in the hospital and coming in contact with everything, I am truly glad that I received my immunizations, because it has been 3 months and I haven't even had a cold, considering how many people I work with and how many isolation patients I have to deal with.
ALmost every mainstream american physician I met believes in immuizations.
How do u feel about it?
Nov 21, '03
I feel very strongly about immunizations and am horrified when healthy people without contraindications refuse these.
It is so important for those of us who can be immunized be so, because then, those who may not be immunized, e.g. the very sick, the immunocompromized etc, receive some protection as much of society is immunized.
And with flu vaccine; it may not prevent flu in the older population, but it definately cuts down the rate of hospitalization for complications in this age group (and thus the stresses on the health care systems).
There is so much misinformation about immunizations out there; I'm a veteran nurse - seen too many infants with pertussis or diphtheria; even watched a foal too young to be immunized die of tetanus. Horrible.
The most common source of pertussis infection in a very young child is an adolescent or adult in the home with an undiagnosed case of pertussis. Adults do not 'whoop' (nor do very young infants) and may have very mild disease, but passed on to an infant, pertussis still kills.
Visit the www.cdc.gov/nip
for the research based, recently updated information and then get immunized yourself and spread the word. It's part of being a professional nurse.
Last edit by indie on Nov 21, '03
Nov 23, '03
Originally posted by traumaRUs
I think parents should be informed consumers. Mercury is used in the DPT immunizations and are known to be related to autism. I believe in immunizations and both of my sons (now 23 and 18) have been immunized. I don't however believe in the Hep B vaccine until adulthood and then only for high-risk people (like healthcare workers). I also don't believe in routine flu shots for people who are less than 65 years of age unless they have chronic illness.
Unfortunately children are too often potential Hep B victims. Children, like it or not, are becomming sexually active at an early age, are experimenting with drugs at an early age.
Even if a child does neither of the above, God forbid they still may come in contact with contaminated materials that are found everywhere today including schools and playgrounds. It is not uncommon today for children to stumble on contaminated sharps.
Even worse, though we all like to believe are children are safe from this, they could be exposed by a molester.
Hep B is virulent and everywhere. I do not understand your objection to using it for our vulnerable children.
Waiting for them to become adults can be too late.
I hope you are aware that health care workers are not the the only ones at high risk. Besides drug users an homosexuals, anyone who had multiple sexual partners without consistent
use of condoms is also high risk.
Plumbers are at risk, (have you seen what they pull out of drains?) Police and fire and EMS personel are at risk.
My best friend died a slow death with hep B. She was not in a high risk profession. She never used illicit drugs. She was a faithful married woman. she died shortly before the vaccine came out.
Last edit by Agnus on Nov 23, '03
Nov 23, '03
Immunizations don't have mercury in them (you're thinking thimerisol, which is in such minute concentrations you probably get more mercury eating fish for dinner). There has been no known link to autism. The study that was done was a retrospective study which showed a coincidence (that autism symptoms start to show up the same time as the MMR vaccine is given, but that happens at that age anyways. It's like saying the kids all wore shoes, therefore shoes cause autism). It was complete bunk.
There have in fact been studies that showed absolutely no relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Click on this link and hit MMR on the left hand corner of the screen.
Last edit by fergus51 on Nov 23, '03