To Vaxx or not to Vaxx?

Vaccinations have been a hot button topic issue for a while now, and with celebrities at the helm of the movement on either end, it shows no signs of slowing down. Jenny McCarthy and Robert De Niro are just two of the celebs who have been outspoken about their opinions on the matter at one point or another, but regular moms, dads and other loved ones are finding themselves faced with the decision of whether or not to vaccinate their children.

For some, it may feel foolish to even consider the option of not vaccinating, and I get it. If there’s something we can do to keep our children healthy, why not, right? Well as I’ve said plenty of times on my blog, I’m an investigator. I want to know and learn everything I can before I make a major decision like injecting a foreign substance into the bodies of the two most precious beings in my life. So that’s exactly what I did. Sue me.

Both of my children are vaccinated. Aside from the very common slight fever and complaining of not feeling 100 percent, neither of them had any issues associated with the vaccinations. To say I had absolutely no concerns regarding vaccines would be a falsehood. If you take a look at the statistics and science, you simply cannot refute the evidence. Something is going on. Cases of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a host of other conditions have increased exponentially in the last decade or so. Studies present contradicting information, and it became clear to me that, while we cannot completely rule out vaccinations as relevant to the cause, the data is correlational, not causal. I think we should consider looking into several potential harmful contributors, including radicals in our environment and even birthing drugs. I’m simply not convinced vaccinations are undoubtedly harmful, but I’m open to any and all research that continues to be conducted.

I made the choice to vaccinate my sons, but I definitely had a few reservations. While they didn’t suffer any consequences, I have always wished that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine could be split up and not given all at once. Much of what I researched revolved around the fact that this one, in particular, could be a bit too much on such young immune systems. Unfortunately, you can’t buy or request it separately; the drug companies simply don’t offer it that way.

New moms often look to more seasoned ones for advice. While my children are still pretty young, I love sharing anything that may prove to be constructive for others. To the mom who is pondering whether or not to vaccinate, I say this: do your research. Remember that anything related to traditional medicine is controlled by the drug industry. These are corporate, for-profit businesses. If you can keep that in mind, you can decrease your chances of being susceptible to making decisions out of fear. Question everything, and get second and third opinions. We trusted our pediatrician and the research we had access to, ultimately making the best possible choice for our family. Don’t be afraid to do the same.

Did you vaccinate? What were some of the concerns surrounding the vaxx movement you encountered?

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  1. Your post is irresponsible.
    By devoting so many words to this topic you suggest that there is a modicum of debate.
    The issue has been settled.
    Your column should have only said, “It’s settled: vaccinate your kids. To not do so is morally reprehensible.”

    1. First, thank you for reading. Part of the reason I choose to blog in the first place is to give interested parties the chance to get to know more about me, my life and my choices. I love that this platform allows me the opportunity to discuss and debate our opinions. With so many people in this world it would be ridiculous and naive for me to believe that everyone reading my thoughts would agree with the way I view the world. It was never my expectation. I do not agree that my post was irresponsible. It shared MY experience as a mom deciding whether or not to vaccinate my children. I have friends and acquaintances who feel differently. We agree to disagree and the respect is still there. I have never said anything about a parent’s choice being “morally reprehensible.” I think there is much to be learned from each other on topics such as this. I’d love to know your thoughts should you decide to share them. Discussion is healthy! Again, thank you so much for reading. I appreciate every one of my readers no matter what side of the issue(s) they are on. It’s what it’s all about! 🙂