I was fully vaccinated as a child and teenager. I was also breastfed and a very healthy child. To this day I still think that I have a strong immune system. I've never had a flu shot or anything more than the absolutely mandatory vaccines to attend primary school and college (I'm 27, so aside from a tetanus shot I got about three years ago after an accident, I'd say I haven't had vaccines in at least ten years).
My only preventative plan for protecting my unborn child is breastfeeding/limited exposure the first two weeks of life. And really my primary reason for limited exposure is to bond with my baby and not have a million people over. Luckily our extended family lives far away, so only myself, my husband, and my parents will likely see the baby the first two weeks.
Everyone has to do what they're comfortable with. I enjoy reading the differing opinions and the philosophies behind them. As with any aspect of raising children, most ideas/suggestions are sort of controversial. But discussion breeds understanding and knowledge, so I'm all for it.
Just to be clear, I wasn't suggesting anyone do anything other than they're comfortable with.
I just see a very concerted effort to create exactly this type of scenario among people where it's family members against family members, friends at school can no longer play, kids need to be separated on teams by vaccination status. They don't want co-workers to feel comfortable working next to the person they worked next to for the past 20 years. They want people to pressure everyone around them to "keep them safe".
I think it's sad and scary because there are 2 things that are absolutely true. You can be healthy without a vaccine, and some people, as rare as it may be, do have severe and life altering reactions. and yes people can have severe and life altering reactions to a disease if they aren't vaccinated and some even when they are. But regardless, there is risk everywhere and the choice to just get in a car is 10's to 100's to 1000's of times more dangerous than this issue. as far as i'm concerned, if you get in a car, you have no business talking about vaccination and risk from not. A completely man made and used to be hospital only disease in resistant C. diff is now seemingly infecting people outside of hospitals. Killing in the 10's of thousands every year, yet the narrative is to freak out over 200 cases of measles. A disease we used to laugh about on the brady bunch. The disease that was almost welcomed because there no shots, no nasty medicines and they could take 2 weeks off of school and play games.
I don't like where this is headed and I know enough to know I do not trust the gov't to keep my best interest at heart nor an industry that stands to make billions and billions more by pushing the narrative they are. People might think i'm anti-vaccine, but it's more, i'm anti-the way we do it.
I think new parents should stay home with kids, at least for a year at least 90% of the time. I think they all should be breastfed for at least 18 months, preferably 2 years. I think mom's need to quit eating crap, dad's too. I don't think most shots, or I will say all shots should not start till at least 18 months of age, preferably 2 years of age. Blood brain barrier is mostly intact, immune system has developed with the help of maternal antibodies protecting them in times of need. The nervous system is mostly mature. I think they should be screened before giving. I think whole cell is more dangerous, especially for younger, so I like older. I think they offer better immunity and life long, but they are with more risk in theory. But I'd say using chemical adjuvant to illicit immune response comes with it's own risk, but that's another story.
It keeps our very young safe and still reduces wild type variants in older child and adult populations. But this would require society to change, and who wants that? They want their stuff, they want their freedom, they want what they want.
No vaccine offers full protection life long and we need a better system than just keep adding shots to the young and old alike to "cover our bases"
anyway, i've probably hijacked enough, lets get those new babies here. They're more interesting anyway.