The following is a guest post for the series, “Speak-Up Mama!” The purpose of this series is to help Mamas have more compassion for one another regarding controversial decisions. In light of that, feel free to comment but please play nicely or your comment will be removed. Thank you to this Anonymous Mama for her willingness to be the first to share her story!
Probably one of the hardest decisions for me so far as a parent was deciding whether or not to vaccinate my baby. I was vaccinated, my husband was vaccinated, our families and friends were vaccinated, even the dog is vaccinated! So why wouldn’t I vaccinate my baby? One reason, I searched out information and did what we felt was best for our little family.
Before I had a baby I just figured your kid gets shots. That’s how it worked. That’s what you did. I never second guessed it and was blind to the potential risks that can be involved. But when it came to be my time to make this decision it didn’t quite settle with me. Here are just a few things that came to light:
– I became aware of friends who had a baby that had a very severe reaction to a vaccine, and had a week-long hospital stay. It freaked them out so much that they have held off on vaccinating too. And they still don’t know which vaccine caused the reaction, so it could very well happen again.
– My mom called me frantic one morning hysterical because her friends granddaughter had died the previous night, after getting a very large round of vaccines. But that was protocol. That is how many vaccines babies are supposed to get at that age.
– Stories from friends who vaccinated half of their kids and didn’t vaccinate the others, and the non-vaccinated kids got sick way less.
– Vaccines getting recalled, not working as well as stated, etc.
Maybe all these things are coincidence, but it was enough to make me think. Aren’t vaccines supposed to help, not hurt?I researched all the vaccines that a baby is supposed to get in the first few years of life. I couldn’t believe the number. I think it’s outrageous. If U.S. children receive all doses of all vaccines, they are injected with up to 35 shots. I looked up each vaccine to see what the risks of the vaccine were and the disease that it was preventing. Truthfully, the vaccine side effect terrified me more than the actual sickness! For example: Chicken Pox. There is now a vaccine for that. I’m sure about 99% of the people reading this had it. And since you are reading this, you obviously survived just fine. The risks of the Chicken Pox vaccine are as followed: Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves), shingles, shock, blood disorders, and even death can occur! That’s a pretty heavy risk just to avoid the Chicken Pox.
Here are just some ingredients that go into basic vaccines:
- Mercury! Mercury and most of its compounds are extremely toxic and must be handled with care. So why is it in our vaccines?
- Aluminum, a poison that can cause bone, bone marrow and brain degeneration.
- Formaldehyde! Formaldehyde! I don’t even need to explain that one.
I believe that our body is made to heal itself, as long as we take care of it. Our bodies can be pretty amazing. We are made to get sick and fight off that sickness to boost our immunity.
Children can be vaccinated and still contract the illness you are wishing to prevent. Vaccines may not always provide the protection that people assume they do.
I feel that if we get sick our body will do its job and there are measures to help us heal. But with a vaccine reaction, there’s no cure. The vaccine cannot be removed or changed and is free to do its damage. Yes, I realize that we have been told vaccine reactions are rare and most people don’t have to experience that. But what if it did happen? Or what if it already has happened but we are unaware of it? We may never realize that a lifelong problem that we now have could be traced back to a vaccine. I don’t feel comfortable playing Russian Roulette with my baby’s health over something that I don’t fully understand or feel comfortable with. But until the healthcare system can prove to me that vaccines are 100% safe, I’m ok holding off.
I get that a lot of vaccine ‘talk’ can be labeled as conspiracy theories. What if it is? What if it isn’t? We’ll never know. I don’t judge others for vaccinating, again I was vaccinated. If anyone has had a bad experience from vaccinating or not vaccinating, my heart goes out to you. I wish parenting decisions could be easier. But I know that we are all just loving parents trying to do what is best for our baby, with the information that we have, in this crazy world.
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