Thursday, April 2, 2009

I'm just reading The Vaccine Book as we're scheduled for Oscar's shots on April 9.

We're definitely vaccinating the little dude, but the aluminum talk scares me. So much stuff in such a little person's system all at once!

I'm going to call Burnaby Public Health tomorrow to chat with someone about what brand of vaccine they use (not that I know anything about that but can research more with that particular info), and what levels of aluminum re in them and if I really have to worry here in Canada.

Basically, I'm just going to ask a lot of questions and probably call them a few dozen times.

Talk to me... anyone here in Vancouver/Burnaby staggered the vaccinations of their little ones, and why?


Mommy Project said...

Hi Stephi,

This is one of the issues that is causing me the most angst! It seems like we are stuffing a lot of ~stuff~ into these little babies all at once. Aluminum, cow serum, formaldehyde... :-0

I read that book, as well, and found it to be very informative and well rounded. I've opted (for now) to stagger the initial vaccines (as they have the least amount of reactions, with the most benefit). I'll have to think on the MMR ones some more, though!

Good Luck to you in figuring it all out! It's kind of least I find it to be...I think maybe, especially, for moms of new baby boys.

How are you feeling these days?


Lexi said...

My dr did tell me that some people choose to stagger the first set of vaccinations, and seemed happy to go along with that if it was our choice. When it was time for The Boy's shots, we opted to do all 4 at once because we were traveling to Europe days after he reached 8 weeks, and didn't want to go without having it done (planes being vectors for disease and all).

He was tired for a few hours after, but otherwise no reaction at all.

If we hadn't had the time limit would I have chosen differently? Maybe, maybe not.

And if you're worried about the MMR/autism link, it doesn't exist. That study has been widely discredited. The author, who used only 12 subjects and falsified his data, was later found to have a financial interest in a product that would have competed with MMR. It was a (well publicized since it played into parents' fears) scam.

Do what you're comfortable with. You are the only person qualified to make decisions about your child.

alix said...

Another tough decision. I don't believe for a moment that the medical industry knows what vaccines really do or what the long term effects are. Their standard line for everything is that it's safe (remember cigarettes)until they are forced by overwhelming evidence to admit that it's not. The medical industry has a bad track record with truth. So, it's a crap shoot.

At the same time - you'll be hard pressed to find trustworthy information on the other side of the argument too.

I find it funny when people say it was OK because the child didn't react... that is not proof that there has been no impact. Lot's of things take months and years to show up in the body...we know that from environmental and occupational exposure to toxins.

After you gather what will mostly be opinions from other people - I think the best source of information is your heart..tune into the vaccine...tune into Oscar's body and really be open to knowing the truth. That's the best you can do.

Heida Maria Sigurdardottir said...

Hi! I don't know you but I'm pregnant so I found your blog by accident. I just wanted to say that I am SO glad that you decided to vaccinate your boy. There are so many wrong stories circulating about how bad vaccines are, but in fact they have saved many lives. From Wikipedia: Mass vaccination helped eradicate smallpox, which once killed as many as every seventh child in Europe.[4] Vaccination almost eradicated polio.[5] As a more modest example, incidence of invasive disease with Haemophilus influenzae, a major cause of bacterial meningitis and other serious disease in children, has decreased by over 99% in the U.S. since the introduction of a vaccine in 1988.[6] Fully vaccinating all U.S. children born in a given year from birth to adolescence saves an estimated 33,000 lives and prevents an estimated 14 million infections.[7]

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