I have three new books that will quickly fill you in on the ongoing discussion in my mind and with my husband (and you’ll probably also get filled in on where I presently fall in the vaccination debate:)
All of this was read about, thought about, and discussed prior to Jameson’s arrival. I was definitely of the “not to vaccinate” persuasion before I even began my research, but Ryan had never even considered that such was even an option — and quite understandably, since in my interactions with pediatricians and nurses after Jameson’s birth, they all present the schedule of vaccinations with such, I don’t know, bossiness, that one would never know they could actually think and decide for themselves.
You know, chipper nurse walks you to the exam room, and announces, “So, today Jameson will receive his first round of immunizations. Here’s the information on what those shots will include.”
Me, nervously mustering up the courage to put my foot down: “Uh, no, actually, I’m not going to have him get any vaccinations.”
Well, didn’t that throw a wrench in the gears. Oh well.
Anyway, our decision when Jameson was born was basically that we knew we didn’t want our infant with an undeveloped immune system getting injected with live diseases. We at least wanted to wait — so, no pressure for an ultimate decision.
But eventually, there needs to be one. So, I’m curious. Who’s been around this block before, and what are your thoughts and reasonings? Have you come up with your own vaccination schedule — one more sensitive to a child’s development? Have you decided yes on some shots, and no on others? Have you opted for the absolutely not approach?
(And if you just follow the standard shot procedure, go ahead and tell me why.)