i am very pro-vaccination and yet in a case like your son, i wouldn't vaccinate further either. however, it is cases exactly like that, that i think it is so important that the others are vaccinated, to protect those who can't receive the vaccines. another good case in point is pertussis. babies are too young (under 2 months) to get the vaccines and won't be fully vaccinated for a long time. exactly the reason that those around them (in essence, everyone) need to be fully vaccinated.
i have good friends who unfortunately don't vaccinate. it is not because they are uneducated, the father has a phd. it's also not for lack of finances, they have both private insurance and supplemental. they have opted to go for a natural route. i don't agree and i do tell her when i see sick kids with diseases that could have been prevented. but i don't make it a barrier to our friendship.
anyway, back to the basic story, very sad indeed.
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vaccination is a touchy subject today. i personally believe that vaccines have improved our quality of life and have saved millions of people. however, as a mother of a toddler, i can tell you that i am personally scared of the current vaccine schedule. i have selectively vaccinated my child and therefore i have chosen to hold off on some of the vaccines until he is older. i also chose not to get some of the exclusively infant vaccines like rotavirus. hib was important to me since i knew its mortality rate was so high, but i waited until he was 10 months old and began daycare. i weighed my risks and made personal choices based on where i felt our risks were higher. i know that in no way did i have all the information straight, but i ultimately realized that i needed to do what i was comfortable with.
there are more and more physicians that are starting to wonder if the current vaccination schedule is too much, too soon. and you can't deny that there are times when some children suffer horrible ailments from being vaccinated. my child has spiked a high fever with every vaccine he has ever received, and after his second dtap he spiked 105.4!!! even my pediatrician scratched his head and said that i was warranted in my fear of giving him a third dose, since reactions typically get worse with each subsequent dose. i have yet to give him his third dose and i don't know when i will. the fear of him suffering a seizure or brain damage is too great with his reaction history.
i also chose not to get him his hepb shot. i think it is great to try and eradicate it from our population, and this is why they are shooting up every newborn before they leave the hospital...but i knew that i did not blow a false negative twice and my sons risk of contracting hep b as an infant was virtually nonexistent. therefore i believed that the risk of getting the shot at such a young age outweighed the risk of him getting the disease. i will vaccinate him against hepb when he gets older.
again, i realize that vaccines have been a miracle...but there are times when mothers are warranted in their fears. i seriously think that the current vaccine schedule needs to be evaluated very closely. jmho