Wow what a story.
Yes, all parents want what is best for their children, just like this mom. It can be very difficult to make the decision whether to vaccinate in today’s world where government agencies and medical professionals and other authorities have so much at stake and therefore have a vested interest in reassuring everyone that what they have been recommending and doing for decades doesn’t harm children and when these same groups often deny the very adverse reactions parents have witnessed before their very eyes.
But there is another piece to this, namely the difference between what we know and what we feel. This woman’s educated friends had done research, read information, perhaps read the studies themselves and had educated themselves to know there was more to the issue than what they had been told. This woman’s friends who supported vaccination were going by what they felt or what they had been led to believe by the media, Federal health agencies and yes, many doctors. Just because we feel that vaccines are safe doesn’t make us informed and doesn’t make it true. And just because Federal health agencies and many physicians don’t know about the research or suggest it does not exist, won’t make it go away for those who want to educate themselves and know. For instance, this woman’s vaccine proponent friends argue that there is an epidemic of whooping cough and that we must vaccinate to prevent it but this is misinformed. It has been widely acknowledge by Federal and State health officials that the whooping cough epidemic has been caused by vaccination, not the other way around. Sadly, this has not stopped the corporate media from reporting that non-vaccination has caused the outbreak. See our Catalogue of Science to read research exploring why pertussis vaccines fail and how they are causing whooping cough.
Lastly, something that happens 10-14 days after a vaccination is not an allergic reaction. Use of that term is an attempt to pass off vaccine damage as a something less severe. When this kind of thing happens, where a child develops a fever, a rash, etc. (sound like measles? perhaps induced by the live virus in the vaccine?) thousands of parents report that their children never fully recover and go on to develop immune problems, chronic illnesses, digestive troubles, learning problems, speech delays, and yes autism. A reaction 10-14 days after a vaccination is a serious reaction, not an allergy, though that is not to say that allergies are not serious nor that vaccines are not damaging the immune system and causing the epidemic of allergies we see in children today. See our Catalogue of Science to learn how vaccination damages the immune system.
The bottom line, it is up to each of us to inform ourselves by looking at the research itself, rather than trusting someone else who may or may not have a vested interest in your choice. You have to live with your decision, not your friends, not your healthcare provider, and certainly not a Federal health official.
What would you say to this mom?
Here is the mother’s blog post from CafeMom.com:
Toward the end of my pregnancy, one of the (many) things my husband and I discussed and researched was whether or not we would allow our baby to be vaccinated.
We had friends with strong feelings on both sides of the fence. Many in the holistic community felt that most, if not all, vaccinations for children were not only archaic, but dangerous. I heard and read about how vaccines can damage children’s immune systems, cause allergic reactions and have even been linked to conditions such as autism and MS. Scary stuff.
On the other hand, we had friends who felt very strongly that not only were vaccinations completelysafe and effective, they were potentially life-saving.
There was certainly much to consider.
We opted not to have our baby vaccinated in the hospital when she was born. We waited until her two week visit with her new pediatrician to talk with the doc face-to-face the pros and cons of vaccinatingbefore making any decisions.
Read the whole the blog post here.