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Not sure whether to vaccinate!

Brady is 6 weeks today and his 2 month appt is coming up soon and I'm still on the fence on whether to vaccinate him or not.
I know the pro's and con's and can't seem to make up my mind about it. I asked my DH about it today and he said he doesn't think it's a good idea by the sounds of it. Which surprised me....I didn't think he would have much of an opinion about it! LOL now his opinion has be questioning it all over again!
Has anyone NOT had their child vaccinated?
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Are you wanting to skip all vaccinations or just a few? I believe and wanted to do delayed vaccinations but DH and my family talked me out of it. (I hate the idea of so many things in her body at once) we choose to just because there's just too much risk to not vaccinate and I don't want to hope that other children/adults have them. Not to mention to attend schools in my county you have to be vaccinated.
I skipped some of the vaccines to reduce the overall impact on his little immune system - but I only skipped the ones that I did not feel were essential.  I skipped Hepatitis B and roto virus (but you have to skip the Hep B at birth otherwise it does not make sense to skip it at 2 months).  I will give him the Hep B right before Kindergarten and will never do the roto virus (it is just a GI virus and no big deal if he gets it plus he will not be in daycare around lots of sick kids).  I did do the main one DTap, Polio, Influenza A, etc - the ones that are bundled into 2 shots.  

I did a lot of research and while little ones get more shots now than we did, the vaccines are far more efficient and the load on their immune system is much less than when were vaccinated.  Plus, there really are risks of babies getting some of these illnesses, especially whooping cough - there is a surging recurrence of this and infants have died.

I talked at length with my pediatrician and she was fine with me skipping and delaying the ones that I did, but really did not recommend skipping the 2 main shots.  So, I while I would caution against skipping those, it is ultimately your call.  I would talk carefully with your doctor about it and if you do skip at 2 months I would get them at some point (e.g. at 2 years) and not skip entirely.
I will honestly say that I am a big advocate of vaccinating.  Ryder has had his 2 month, 4 month, 6 month and flu shot with no trouble at all.  If it is the link to autism that has you concerned, that has been debunked now.

I know sometimes we read some scary stuff about vaccinating our children.  However, we are seeing many of these diseases make a comeback as a result of people not vaccinating. The mild risk associated for some babies to me is a far safer risk then him getting any of those awful diseases.

I would never try to push my opinion on someone else, and that is not my intent here at all.  Just my perspective.  What I would encourage you to do is discuss this with a Dr. you trust and to make sure the research you are doing is from a credible source.  

Good luck in whatever you decide!
Thanks so much ladies. The link to autsim does scare me some...I work with a little boy that has autism and I would never want Brady to end up like that. I think I would do what nola said and skip the ones that they don't really need like the chickenpox and stuff like that. Many of us are vaccinated and there is no problem. I just don't understand it completely and it just doesn't seem natural. I wanted a natural birth...which I did for fear of the drugs passing to my baby and now I'm thinking about putting drugs and foreign substances into him and it's just hard! LOL
Benoit has all his vaccines and the flue shot. I too think they are very important.

But as I don't want to overload his immunitary system, we generally part the vaccines in 2, the 2nd part being given 10 days or more later.
I would have never considered not vaccinating either one of my boys - but I'm not going to tell you that it's wrong not to, of course.

My husband works in the sciences and one thing that he's told me is that if enough people start not vaccinating their children, then it's possible we're going to see a comeback of some of the diseases that the vaccines are designed to protect against....and, possibly, worse strains that are more resistant to medical intervention.  That isn't an alternative that I like, personally.  But that's just my opinion.
And, as adgal said, the doctor who conducted the study on the MMR vaccine that supposedly proved a link between it and autism, has been completely discredited.  
I would never consider NOT vaccinating my kids for most things.  Now, the rotovirus vaccine is one that isn't a big deal if skipped, in my opinion.  DS2 got it and still had rotovirus twice his first year.  BUT as for the other vaccines, *I* Firmly believe that while there may be a handful of bad outcomes from vaccinations, the good FAR outweighs the bad and I want to protect my children from something that could kill them or make them extremely ill.  I did opt not to get my oldest daughter the gardisil shot becuase there was too much controversy around it, too many issues and it hadn't been out long enough to "prove" itself.  

out of 5 kids, I've vaccinated them ALL with all the REQUIRED vaccinations.  The biggest issue we have had was slight fever with a few them after shots for the next 24 hours.
Like adgal I am a big advocate of vaccination. And Limonada is correct. The link to autism is not only discredited, but the doctor was deregistered and the medical journal that printed it was ordered to print a retraction as his “research” was found to be fraudulent.
My mother was a paediatric nurse and tells me about spending one night in the nursery with four babies with whooping cough… going straight from one to the next all night as each one turned blue… it was a harrowing night.  
No established link has found between vaccination and death… but babies most certainly die from diseases that can be vaccinated against. It happens every day, even in western countries. Especially of diseases that seem to have disappeared coming back because people stop vaccinating!
The most common side effect from vaccination is either pain at the injection sight (well.. duh! Needles hurt!) and a slight rise in temperature. Other side effects are a lot rarer.
The centre for disease control keeps stats on death rates and vaccination side effects. Rather than forums and opinion pieces, I strongly recommend heading to their website for some facts to help you out.
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