I will be the first to say that I have been very pro-vaccine. It just didn't make sense to me that people would choose NOT to vaccinate. I mean, that's putting your child at risk, isn't it? Why would one be so irresponsible? Vaccines are there to help us, and we should trust those that make them. I never thought I would ever be convinced otherwise, and chose to respectfully disagree with those who didn't vaccinate for one reason or another.
For a little history on my family... Rowan was fully vaccinated, because I had never heard there was any reason not to. Then came Bria, and I starting questioning things. I was given answers that pacified me enough to go for another full round for Bria. She is fully vaccinated up to where she is required to be.
Fast forward to Emery... This is where I really started to have a lot of doubt. See, it was during my pregnancy that H1N1 was the talk around the world. It was scary, and I lost sleep over the issue. I let fear sway me back and forth over and over again, but in the end, there was no way I was going to inject my body with a vaccine that was proving to be detrimental. And certainly my kids were not going to get it. I've always thought the regular flu shot was kind of ineffective too. So why did I feel this way about these shots and not the regular vaccines that we are supposed to give our children? I didn't really know.
When Emery was born, I was so much more informed on my choices as a mother. I'm incredibly thankful that I had such a wonderful midwife who explained things to me so I could actually make a decision, instead of just following orders. I wish every mother was able to have that option. We should all have choices in regards to our children's health.
Fast forward again, to Emery's 2 month immunization appointment. First, I delayed the appointment til she was 3 months. I needed more time to think. And then, low and behold, she was sick at the time of her appointment. I thanked God and told the nurse I would call when I was good and ready :) I still have yet to be 'ready', lol. And now I'm incredibly grateful that I have put this off for so long.
A couple weeks ago, I was reading one of my new favorite blogs, and came across this post. See, I figured Carrington was just taken up by all the natural, hippy type fads, (pleas don't take offense, if you read this Carrington! I agree with more than I care to admit, lol.) and while I agreed with a lot of her posts, this one I kind of skipped over. Until today. This afternoon, Drea and I were chatting, and she linked to Carrignton's post again. She said she was watching the video and I should check it out. Drea and I agree on a lot of things, and I trust her opinions on things, so I figured, why not?
I've been sitting here, watching this video, almost crying, thinking of the fact that my older kids have been vaccinated. I know my family and friends are probably praying for me right now, thinking of ways to show me the error of my ways, but I honestly believe this video, and at this point, I will say that Emery will remain unvaccinated. Please don't think that this means I think everyone else is wrong and making a bad choice. Like I said earlier, we should, as parents, be presented with the facts, and then be able to make our own decisions.
If anyone has proof that this video is in error, I would like to know. But I figure I can't undo a vaccination, but I can always decide to do it later if I am ever convinced to.
Whew. I said it. Please watch the video and decide for yourself.