And - and this is totally of subject - there is some weird unidentified disease in Cambodia that only seems to effect children between the ages of 3 months and 11, it has killed 52 out of the 59 of those infected in 2 months and there seems to be some link with hand foot and mouth disease..
Off topic too but what is hand foot and mouth disease? About 6 kids that we know have had it and it freaks me out! How contagious is it- DS has been around all of them but luckily nothing !
Its meant to be this really mild virus, bit of a temp, not feeling great but nothing major and little blisters on the soles of the feet, hands and sometimes in the mouth. Certainly nothing that is supposed to cause death!
It is supposed to be very contagious and very, very annoying.
Interesting stats on age group and VPD for this year in Australia - roughly 70% of all whooping cough cases were over the age of 10, 80% of cases over the age of 10 for pneumococcal and 80% of all measles cases were over 10, certainly backs up the booster/adult vaccination argument!
I am in no way saying that I won't vaccinate.
Just these things have given me pause to think.
If I made a choice to vaccinate, and my child was the one in a million, would I ever recover from that? If in 20 years, they turn around and say 'oh that vaccination we were using for the last 30 years, we are recalling it cause it increases the chance of X cancer 50 fold', I would be devastated.
I know the chance of getting an illness is higher then the chance of an adverse reaction. But still. It is such a huge decision that needs to be made.
You have to trust so many different people. Trust the scientist who came up with the vaccine. Trust the company to remake it correctly. Trust the Dr to measure and inject the correct amount. Trust the needle used is clean and not previously used.
So much trust needs to be had, and I don't trust anyone but my DP...
And you can never imagine a problem until it happens. EG there was a case where someone was 'skimming' the drugs used to put people to sleep in operations. Due to this, cross infection occurred and they came down with Hep C or Aids or something..
How do you put your faith so deeply in the system? How do you deal with the fact that your child could be that one in a million? Or do you just not think about it and just say 'it won't happen to me?'
ps, in regards to my dog. This year I missed the heart worm vac (cause I thought it might have been this that caused it). Next year I will delay the actual vaccination and see how he goes. I feel like such a bad puppy mother (I am not trying the 3 year vac as I want to figure out what it is first that is causing it. No point trying something new yet)
I get worried, just like most people I guess, I feel stressed at vaccination time, I hope that I have made the right decision. And I am glad when it is all over.
I guess at the end of the day - I know that I couldn't not vax, so the only option for me really is to vax.
I do agree this will end badly and much like every other non vacc thread.
The only thing I have to say on the subject is this ... Please remember it isnot only newborns who are at risk of these diseases ... Sick and elderly, immune suppressed (people who have had transplants, cancer patients) are prob at more risk than a newborn who can be vaccd
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