In the last 10 years, research shows that there have been over 25 different vaccines added to immunization schedules that our children “must” have in order to go to school and for their safety and well-being. The numbers on this may not be exact, but the idea of my child having five or six shots in one well-check visit was too much for me – and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way.
After reading the article “Vaccine Timeline for Kids is Safe “by all existing data”, Shots don’t Cause Autism or Asthma, Panel Finds,” in The Daily News, I am still not convinced that vaccines are safe for our children. You see online forums where mothers fight back and forth – very heatedly I might add – all day long over whether it’s right to choose not to vaccinate your children. As a non-vaccinating parent I truly try not to get into these hen fights, but some of the mothers are a little more than anyone can bear without striking back.
My opinion on the matter is simple. It’s your family, your child, and your life. What you choose to do about vaccinations for your children is simply up to you. No one is wrong and no one is right in this debate. Everyone has to do what they think is right for their own family.
As for whether the vaccines are really safe – who can say. In my opinion, way too many vaccines are given for reasons that we aren’t even sure of. A lot more research still needs to be done to find a definitive answer in this debate.