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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I told my pediatrician I'm not vaccinating

I used to be an ardent proponent of vaccines, but I've been hanging out with crunchy people for years and they wore off on me. So, finally, here I am, "on the other side". Mostly because my pediatrician poisoned my child with acid reflux medicine and a naturopath healed him. So my trust of conventional medicine - wavering in the first place- took a major nose dive.

Medically, it is the best thing for my son to not get vaccinated at this time in his life. His immune system is shot (lol). He is severely allergic to eggs and dairy. Most vaccines are incubated in eggs. The one vaccine I was considering giving him was the whopping cough/tetunis one. But after a little research, I found it contains dairy! Looking back on his 2 month shots - he cried non-stop for 24 hours. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but now I'm racked with guilt.

He is ten months old now and hasn't been there since his two months appointment. Truth be told, I'd rather never bring him for a check-up again. But I need her for referrals and medicine. so whatever. Plus, I didn't want them to accuse me of medical neglect. I have yet to navigate the legality of all these decisions. So I dragged my butt there and prepared myself for the angry speech. Which was about as bad as I thought it would be. I told her that I wasn't doing it somewhat flippantly light and she was like, "you giggle but it's not funny". I TOTALLY giggle when I'm nervous. So I tried to put a sober face on then.

I had to refrain myself from debating her and just nod. I couldn't bite my tongue though when she said that 250 people got the measles in a recent outbreak. I looked at her with fake incredulousness and said, "there were 250 unvaccinated kids?" Knowing full well that most of them were vaccinated. And she was like "well, not kids, but people" Totally proving to me her ignorance. I wish doctors would educate themselves on both sides of the issue. Then she transitioned into "That guy got sent to jail" which was a terrible transition because I"m thinking the guy who brought the measles virus in town? But I eventually figured out she was talking about Andrew Wakefield, of MMR vax study fame. I wanted to be like, "that's a witch hunt" but instead I made a mental note to look into it further since I'm not really informed on that.

Finally she ranted a little about Jenny Mcarthy and how she can say what she wants without getting sued, whereas she-herself would get sued if there's a vaccine reaction. And in my head I'm like because that's bull. If something went wrong the government insurance program would pay up and that would be the end of it.

So, I thought that went pretty well considering. I should get a sticker for keeping my mouth shut.


  • At 7:15 AM, Blogger Lynn said…

    yes you should get a sticker. If I ever had it to do over again I'd be thinking twice about it too. The best advice I ever heard came from a physician who researched the correlation between false allegations of child abuse and vaccine reactions/deaths. He advocated "judicious vaccination". That is, get only the ones absolutely needed and get them slowly so as not to overwhelm the immature immune system of the young child. Makes a lot more sense than walloping them with 3 or 4 at a time and hoping your child is not the exception (the one that has an adverse, life-altering reaction). For myself as an older adult I have chosen NOT to get the flu, pneumonia or even traveling vaccines (unless required by country) I'd rather work at keeping my immune system strong and use proactive measures (avoidance, herbs, vitamins, etc)


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