If you have doubts about vaccinating your kids, but you are still doing research, then you are probably what people like to call a fence sitter.
On the Fence About Vaccines
Folks who are on the fence haven’t made a decision yet and are torn between what they see as two difficult options.
In this case, the two options we are talking about are:
- vaccinate your kids
- don’t vaccinate your kids
What makes those options difficult?
If you spend a little time on the Internet, those two options get complicated quickly and can turn into:
- vaccinate your kids – exposing them to toxins and all kinds of vaccine-induced diseases, from autism to SIDS
- don’t vaccinate your kids – risking a deadly disease because they are unvaccinated or the possibility that someone will come and force you to get them vaccinated
How do you figure out the truth to help you make the right decision for your family?
The Truth Behind Your Vaccine Decision
Most parents vaccinate their kids on time and on schedule.
Do they all have a hard time making their decision?
They understand the risks their children face if they aren’t vaccinated.
“When a well-meaning parent like Jenny McCarthy blames vaccines for her child’s autism, placing the fear of God into every parent who has a baby, it’s not only irresponsible – it’s dangerous. Why? It’s simple math: vaccines are less effective when large numbers of parents opt out. And the more who opt out, the less protected ALL our children are.
Celebrity books come and go . . . but the anxiety they create lives on in pediatricians’ offices across the country. A small, but growing number of parents are even lying about their religious beliefs to avoid having their children vaccinated, thanks in part to the media hysteria created by this book.”
That’s not to say that they don’t think about their decision to vaccinate their kids. Or even think twice about it.
But in the end, they know that:
- vaccines work – even if they aren’t perfect and waning immunity is an issue with a few vaccines
- vaccines are safe – even if they do have some side effects, which can rarely be severe
- vaccines are necessary – without them, we would end up in like it was in the pre-vaccine era, even with modern health care, nutrition, and sanitation, etc.
And they know that their decision might affect others around them.
If your research about vaccines has pushed you off the wrong side of the fence and into your pediatrician’s office with a copy of Dr. Bob’s vaccine book demanding an alternative immunization schedule, then you might want to do a little more research.
“If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.”
President Bill Clinton
Ironically, the anti-vaccine “experts” and websites that scare some parents often talk about choice and informed consent.
Understand though, that by exaggerating the risks of vaccines and vaccine injury (no, vaccines are not full of toxins), playing down the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases (no, they are not mild diseases that should be thought of as a rite of passage), and ignoring the benefits of vaccines (yes, vaccines do work), they are violating the basic tenets of informed consent themselves.
And that limits your ability to make the right choice for your family.
Making the Right Decision About Vaccines
There is nothing wrong with asking questions and being skeptical about the answers you get.
With all of the things you see and hear about vaccines, there is nothing wrong with being a little scared and wanting to do more research, instead of blindly following the advice of your pediatrician.
But remember that if you are going to be skeptical and are not going to blindly follow the advice of someone you know and maybe trust, then don’t blindly believe everything you read on the Internet that says vaccines are bad.
“My husband and I agreed we would just not have our new baby vaccinated until she was at least 1 year old, which seemed like enough time to continue looking for information. Also, we were not concerned that she was at risk of contracting any serious childhood illnesses.
We were wrong.
A week before our baby girl’s first birthday, she was feverish and listless. When she refused to nurse for 24 hours, I took her to see our pediatrician. She was hurriedly admitted to intensive care with the diagnosis of spinal meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae, type B, which is a vaccine-preventable disease.”
Suzanne Walther on A Parent’s Decision on Immunization: Making the Right Choice
Suzanne Walther discovered that “it is easy for parents to be misinformed. It is a real challenge to be well informed.”
What questions did she want answers to?
- Are vaccines really effective at preventing diseases? – Yes, although they aren’t 100% effective, vaccines do work well at preventing and controlling 16 different vaccine-preventable diseases on our childhood immunization schedule. And yes, vaccines did help eliminate smallpox and herd immunity is real.
- How are vaccines made? – Vaccines are made in a multi-step process that begins with generating the antigens that will go in the vaccine and then moves to releasing and isolating the antigen from the growth medium, purifying the antigen, strengthening and stabilizing the vaccine, and then combining it all into the final vaccine. Unlike videos you may have seen on the Internet, there is nothing scary about this very scientific process.
- Are they tested for safety? – Vaccines are extensively tested in Phase I, II, and III trials before they are approved and added to the immunization schedule. This entire vaccine development process may take as long as 10 to 15 years.
- Are there ongoing clinical trials to rule out the possibility that vaccines cause diseases later in life? – Yes, after vaccines are approved and are added to the immunization schedule, ongoing Phase IV studies continue to monitor their safety and efficacy. In addition, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Project, and the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) help make sure vaccines are safe after they are approved.
- Have allegations of adverse reactions been studied and confirmed or refuted? – Yes. In addition to several Institute of Medicine Vaccine reports, study after study have shown that vaccines don’t cause autism, SIDS, ASIA, or any of the other vaccine induced diseases “they” come up with.
- And, last but not least, where can I get truthful, clear answers to my questions? – In addition to your pediatrician, there are plenty of vaccine books, sites, and groups that can help you get educated about vaccines.
Today, she might also have had questions about package inserts, aluminum, MTHFR mutations, shedding, vaccine mandates, the CDC Whistleblower, and the HPV vaccine. These and a hundred more have been answered over and over again.
Suzanne Walther learned about vaccines the hard way – after her infant contracted Hib meningitis, a vaccine-preventable disease. She also discovered that you can sometimes delay or wait too long to vaccinate your child.
What will you do to be well informed and to make sure you are making the right choice?
What to Know If You Are on the Fence About Vaccines
It is easy to be misinformed about vaccines, especially if you are on the fence and aren’t sure what to do. Get educated and and be sure you are making the right decision for your family.
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