reply to post by Grimpachi
Guess I'll weigh in since I lived during the time when there was few vaccines. Let me start off by saying that I feel it is up to each parent to
research for themselves what is best for they're children.Either way you take a chance with your kids health.Nothing is full proof nor totally
Very few vaccines existed as I was growing up,they had just come out with the polio vaccine thank goodness,and they had them for tetanus .Therefore I
had to suffer through the usual childhood stuff.I've had mumps and both types of Measles,plus chicken pox.
Here are a few things to think of that I learned from handling animals.If they are vaccinated they may or may not get a disease.But they will not have
a permanent immunity to that disease.If you have something happen that your dog was out in the woods and came across what might be a rabid animal.The
vet will want to vaccinate them again to be on the safe side.Why? Because the vaccines don't always take.When they give you a flu shot,they will tell
you that it may not prevent you from getting the flu,but you won't have such a bad case of it for the same reason.Also and here is food for
thought,if your animal comes in contact with a rabid animal (perhaps dead) and you are not aware it has happened your animal being vaccinated could be
a carrier for rabies and transfer it to you.I asked a vet about this and they said they get the rabies vaccine regularly due to not knowing where
peoples animals have been.
When I was dealing with my mom's cats I found that anything they were exposed to and came down with,they would have a permanent immunity too,but if
vaccinated then you had to keep up on the vaccines.Its the same with people.You have a choice with this,either get the disease and suffer for now,then
have a permanent immunity to it,or take the vaccines for the rest of your days. Then take a chance of the vaccine not working or there being side
effects from it.
This doesn't mean that vaccines don't work, in MOST cases they do.Its when they don't that you hear about it.I at sometime in my life,probably when
I was around 3 was given the tetanus vaccine that was 'live'.The results are now that I can no longer have a tetanus shot at all.My arm swells up
twice its normal size and turns black,least the last time I got one it did (1980).I've been told by my doctor to NOT get another one.Each time the
reaction is worse for me.But for others getting the shot is by far better than ending up in the hospital with your muscles locking up till you can't
breathe and die.
I think careful consideration needs to be taken when it comes to vaccinating kids, your immune system goes by the rules of use it or lose it.A healthy
immune system must be able to stand up to daily assaults by all types of germs and virus' and keep on fighting. Its what its there for.History
records what happened to the natives when exposed for the first time to childhood diseases brought by whites.
There are things that our elders knew about these diseases and how to fight them that has been lost to us.That is where MOST of the complications from
these diseases come from. When I got chicken pox it was summer time and I had broke out with the rash,my mother told me ( I didn't remember the
why,just how miserable I was) that the rash had 'gone back in'. In other words the rash went away.She called her mother and her mother told her that
she had to get the rash to come back out or I would be in danger.That is when you can end up with complications from the disease.She told my mother to
bundle me up and let me sweat it out. IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER.Lol. All I can remember is sitting on the couch in my winter suit crying.But it
worked.The rash came back out and from there on it was a matter of letting it run its course.In this day and age doctors do everything in they're
power to fight fevers,that is not always the best idea,your body uses that fever to fight off invaders.If you stop the fever you hamper the bodies
ability to fight.
Now for what its worth,I'm neither against or for vaccines.I tend to straddle the fence.I think they have saved alot of lives. I also think that
there are things being put in them that make them unsafe.Therefore if pressed to answer I would have to say, that I think it should be a careful
decision made with your childs safety in mind,and I would definitely vaccinate for small pox, polio etc. Anything that has the ability to damage your
child for the rest of they're days.But for childhood diseases that can be managed with careful treatment, I would have to say I would let they're
immune system do its job.As far as shingles goes,if you are having that much pain with them,a doctor can help you.I have them myself every couple of
years.In my days as a child I had no choice on it. So now I deal with shingles out breaks once a in while.
All this being said, we need to demand SAFE vaccines for kids.Cut all the extra chemicals out.Weigh if you want your child to have a permanent
immunity to something or vaccinate for life.If you child ends up with something yes a fever is the bodies way of defending itself,but be very careful
how long that child runs that fever.THAT is the danger of fevers, run long enough they can and will cause permanent damage or death.It takes common
sense to know when to let a fever run for how long and how high.I would consult with a doctor on that for safety sake. Sometimes you only get one
chance with your child,use it wisely. I wouldn't want to explain to my kids years later that I made a wrong decision that cost them dearly.