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This is not a post on if you should or should not vaccinate, but advice from our doctor on HOW to vaccinate. I thought that it was worth sharing…
If you are debating vaccinating, here are some reasons that we choose to vaccinate:
Should I Vaccinate?
This is a personal decision, but here is the reason that we DO vaccinate.
“Although vaccines have dramatically reduced the number of people who get infectious diseases and the complications these diseases produce, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases and death still exist. Without vaccines, epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases would return.” ~PBSKids
“Only approximately two of every five children and adults in the United States had received an influenza (flu) vaccination by early November 2017:
- 38.6% of all persons 6 months and older
- 38.8% of children 6 months through 17 years
- 38.5% of adults 18 years and older”. ~CDC.gov
“Our grandparents were never vaccinated & they did great”
Think of it in another sense- apply the same reasoning to buckling up. It is a precaution that you take to prevent something bad from happening. It can hurt your shoulder, it can be a nuisance, it can hurt you in an accident by leaving bruises or cuts, but in the end, it saves lives.
I have heard people say “Our parents didn’t buckle up” or “I never buckled up as a child”
“The threat of death by disease isn’t the only medical consequence of skipping vaccinations.”
Every time you call 911, ride in an ambulance, go to the doctor or visit the hospital emergency room, you must alert medical personnel of your child’s vaccination status so he or she receives distinctive treatment. Because unvaccinated children can require treatment that is out of the ordinary, medical staff may be less familiar, and less experienced, with the procedures required to appropriately treat your child.
“Special groups of people cannot be vaccinated, including those with compromised immune systems (e.g. those with leukemia or other cancers). These people rely on the general public being vaccinated so their risk of exposure is reduced.” ~ Health.com
Suggestion on HOW to vaccinate (tip from our neurologist)
Watch how closely the vaccines are given. Our neurologist told us not to have two live vaccines given at once. He is an amazing Doctor and I trust him completely. He pushes many natural solutions, does not rely on medication as the first solution, and he looks for natural ways to heal children. Yes, he still keeps modern medicine as an alternative, but it is not his go-to choice. He looks at nutrition, environment, and lifestyle. He is well-known all around the country.
His advice on giving vaccines:
1. Vaccinate your children, without a doubt.
2. Space out their vaccines.
3. Give live vaccines at least 6 months apart.
In the end, we need to remember that everything that we do is for our family. Do what is right for you and your family, but take in all of the facts before making an educated decision. Do what works best for you & your family.
Remember… teaching good hand-washing is a VERY important skill, so start there. 🙂