I usually stay away from politics or hotly debated current events on this blog because I really want visitors to my words walking away with something beautiful- a picture of my babes, a story about how great my husband is, something I learned from one of my colorful friends or the goodness of a random encounter. Beauty comes from the difficult things too and I want the grace of God to be evident in how I process the ugly bits and offer hope. I want to be raw and honest but a little restrained as well... I save the swears-packed rants for beer dates with girlfriends.. :) The reason I write is to share my life and have a record of things as they happened so that our family can one day go back and re-read about the seasons as we go through them. I love writing and love even more when my life is worth writing about because of how much goodness is in it. People, places, food, holidays, etc etc- life is just precious. Thank you for reading what I write-
Today I am thinking about vaccinations so want to write about it and I want to hear what you think about it. PLEASE READ THIS NEXT PART. I understand that this topic is a hot one because everyone is affected by this subject and if you are a parent, you have made a decision about how your family "does" vaccines. I truly want to know how you came to your decision about whether or not to vaccinate, whether you follow the traditional schedule from the AAP or if you came up with your own schedule, how your child reacted to vaccines and where you found your information.
If you are willing to share, please simply share your personal experience and thoughts. This is not an opportunity to vent your feelings about how you feel about the different camps. Mamas take too much criticism from each other and I won't tolerate that here. But I am all about gathering information and sharing resources. If all you have to say is that you simply feel a certain way- share that! If you have a bibliography of articles you have amassed- share that! I know a lot of Mamas read this blog and all of us could use a little more information.
Here's mine: we decided to vaccinate both our babes following the traditional schedule from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). We held off on the Hepatitis B vaccine because we felt they were already getting quite a few vaccines at each visit the first two years and their risk of contracting this particular virus was the lowest out of all the infant vaccines. We will have them both get the 3 step series before we take them to Haiti but felt comfortable holding off for right now. Neither Purslane nor Knox have had any adverse reactions to vaccines, other then a little grumpiness or low grade temp. We did our research about vaccines on the Mayo Clinic website and the AAP website. Grant also has a background in public health and we have both worked in pediatric hospitals and treated babes with pertussis, mumps and even influenza. We decided the small risk of reaction to vaccines was worth the benefit of avoiding these diseases and the others prevented by childhood vaccines. So that is us and we are peaceful with our decision.
And you? Thank you in advance for sharing with grace and kindness...