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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Give me a simple answer, please.

I love doing research. Before I was even engaged, I spent time planning my wedding- figuring out what I liked, what was cost effective, etc. When I got pregnant, oh, man, the hours I spent online and in books reading about various birth techniques, experiences, etc. I learned that I preferred to try to have a med free birth when before I got pregnant, I was saying I wanted an epidural before I left the house. I also read up on child rearing and vaccinations. I decided to do the Dr. Sears "alternative" vaccine schedule, which gets Kadence fully immunized, but at a slower pace. Since she's been born, I've spent countless hours reading up on, purchasing, and talking about cloth diapers because it's best for our family (cheaper) and the environment..not to mention, they're so stinkin' cute. After all the research I do, I feel more informed and able to make decisions (big or small) that are best for my family. Well, after accidentally learning (meaning, I wasn't doing research) more about vaccines, I am overwhelmed with information- conflicting information, and I cannot figure out what I think is best for Kadence. Most people generally believe that vaccines are safe and effective, and any potential side effect of the vaccine is not as bad as the disease, but is that true? I'm still trying to figure that out. Kadence has had a few vaccines already, and thank God, she has been fine, but will she suffer later on? How "immune" is she from the diseases or illnesses that she's vaccinated against? Some information I've read says that when there is an outbreak of a disease, say measles, more than half the people who catch it are fully vaccinated...so why should I risk her having a reaction to the vaccine if it may not even work? Oh, man, and I don't even want to get started on the ingredients- animal byproducts----some ingredients come from aborted babies!!!! Is it ethical to put these "ingredients" into my child if I am pro-life? I am only scratching the surface right now of the wealth of information out there. I will read pro and anti vaccine literature, and make the decision on which vaccines we will still get, and which ones we will forgo. I just really wish there was a simpler answer; Oh, wait, there is: "Stop reading up on stuff and trust your pediatrician." Sorry, that's not like me. Off to do more research!

4 comments:

Rebecca said...

I think vaccines are around 90% effective once the series for each one is complete. So if there is an outbreak, your child could still get sick, but hopefully they would be less likely to get sick, or they would be less likely to get seriously ill. And the reason that so many people who get sick in an outbreak are vaccinated may be just because most people are vaccinated.

kennedyeatworld said...

Just wanted to let you know that someone's reading your blog! I'm from the Bump :)

Shannon said...

I'm a research lover too! I call myself an information junkie :)

Stephanie said...

I'm the same way that you are. I research everything like crazy and I never just "trust the pediatrician." I'm still having a hard time deciding what to do about vaccinations for our new baby. We kind of "did our own thing" for our firstborn. We researched each vaccine, weighed the "potential to harm" of the vaccine versus the disease, and then made a decision...