Vaccinations - The Big Debate {Introduction Post}



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Vaccinations are one of the most controversial subjects of our day.  I believe it is a very important subject, and one that each parent needs to research for themselves.  


I'm sure you've heard some of the controversy:


The government only pushes vaccinations because of the big money they make.

Those against vaccinations are conspiracy theorists.

Non-Vaccinating parents are terrible for not protecting their children from disease, and are putting my child at risk.

Vaccinating parents don't care about their children enough to research what's in them.


Some of us may have different opinions on this subject, but we do all have one thing in common: the great love we have for the children God has blessed us with.  And because of our great love, we make the decision on whether or not to vaccinate based on what we feel is best for our children.  Moms that do not vaccinate are not bad moms, neither are moms who do vaccinate bad moms.  I don't think it's right for us to name-call and say hurtful things to those on the other side of the fence than we are.

When my first child was born, I didn't think about doing anything different than whatever my pediatrician said, which included the full schedule of vaccines.  When my second child was born, I noticed that she was sick after every shot she had, and this sick reaction was supposed to be "normal".  When I expressed any concern to the pediatrician, he very much persuaded me to vaccinate my baby.  He warned me of the risk I was putting her in if I did not allow the shots.  I believed him and the "facts" he shared.  I also believe he was very sincere and concerned about her well-being.  I just believe he was misinformed. 

During this same time that my second daughter was still a baby, I began hearing more news about the growing numbers of parents not vaccinating.  I also became acquainted with a lady that did not vaccinate her children.  I began asking her questions and researched for myself what the vaccination buzz was all about.

I am not a professional and I do not have all the answers.  I'm a mom.  Simple as that.  I'm a mom who has studied this subject for years and have made decisions based on what I feel is best for my children.  I am  not going to tell you whether or not you should vaccinate.  I have no authority, right, or desire to do so.  

What I am now passionate about is sharing the reasons why I don't choose to vaccinate my children, why I have jumped from one side of the fence to the other.  Some may say that this series is biased, and I can't stop you from saying that {though I don't believe that it is}.  Moms all over this country have received plenty of information on why they should vaccinate their children.  I desire to let people see the other side, perhaps understand a little more of why so many growing numbers of parents are choosing not to vaccinate. 


What I desire to look at in this series is, how do vaccinations really affect your child, both now and long-term?  

I plan to cover topics such as:
  • What is in a vaccination and are they safe?
  • How are vaccinations cultured?
  • Are they effective?
  • Is there lasting immunity?
  • Can they cause autism and SIDS?
  • Why do we have less disease and many third-world countries still deal with the diseases?
    I don't know how long this series will last, and I will probably only cover one or two topics a week.  I would love to be one of these super moms that pump out blog posts every day, but I'm just not. :-)  I also have other things I may write about here and there during this series that don't have anything to do with vaccinations.  But I do plan to share my view on these topics throughout the course of a few months. 

    Maybe you're reading this because you have never considered doing anything else but vaccinate your child and you're wondering if I've lost my mind.

    Maybe you're reading this because you're straddling the fence and you would really like to know the reasons why another mom would choose not to vaccinate her child.

    Maybe you're reading this because you've studied this subject and have chosen not to vaccinate.  You are curious if we share the same views.

    Maybe you're reading this because you have studied this subject and are a firm believer in vaccinating.

    For whatever your reason for being here, I'm glad you are.  I hope you can walk away from this series with a little more knowledge than you had before, and a little more understanding of why a mom would choose to go against the main stream and say "no" to vaccines.


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    *Disclaimer: I am not a professional, nor a doctor.  Nothing I say has been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease.

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