Autism – To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

The Vaccination / Autism topic has been on the top of the list for many parents these days, especially with 1 in 150 kids being the latest statistic for children with autism spectrum disorders.  Actually, parents living naturally have always felt the need to address this issue.  Do vaccines coincide with their views and beliefs?  Vaccination is certainly a personal choice that every parent should research and decide what is best for their family.

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9 Replies to “Autism – To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate”

  1. Ok, I will preface this with the note that this is just my OWN PERSONAL OPINION & I COMPLETELY respect the right of every parent to make THEIR OWN decision.
    I think we need less chemicals not more. It seems like we’re trying to fight fire with fire. We gave our kids some of the common vaccinations, but not all. We are extremely leary of any new-to-the-market vaccines and do lots of research on how they were made, how long they were tested, and so forth before making our decision.
    We also homeschool our kids. They don’t go to daycare, or even to childcare at such places as the YMCA (when we belonged to the gym there) – we quit our membership mainly because the kids always got sick while they were there. We are fairly controlling over the environment our children are in and exposed to, as we believe parents should be.
    Red flags tend to go up within us over most of western-medical things. Too much of it seems uneccesary and overkill. Too little focus on health and wellness. The doctors’ office where my husband goes even has vending machines both in their foyer (before you enter their main doors) and IN the waiting area (little candy dispensers), all the while with a TV going about the need to be healthy!! BLECH!!!!

    1. I agree with everything you said, MamaT. I think it’s the parents’ job to protect and monitor what goes on around their children. So many parents do’nt seem to do that at all, and I’ve noticed that just by watching people in public.

      As for the vaccines, I usually tend to not get them. Where I work we were given the choice of getting a flu vaccine, and because I’ve heard there’s mercury and whatever else in it, I didn’t get one. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I know that I wash my hands and I’m a pretty clean person, so I didn’t think I would be at a high risk of the flu. Depending on what’s in them and what their for should be researched before getting any kind of vaccination.

      MamaT, how does your homeschooling work? Do you or your husband teach them? When I finally have kids I want to homeschool them.

      1. 1) We stopped doing flu shots all-together. The only years we ever got the flu were the years we got the shots AND on top of that, the shots always made us sick as well!!
        2) My boys are 4 1/2 and 2, so as far as homeschooling goes right at the very moment we are trying to not get killed by mommy because we are pushing buttons!!!
        We approach things from a very natural and unschooling method. We have some workbooks (found them at the dollar store) that we do little things from – age appropriate. But mainly it has been just introducing them to things and trying to teach them what things are, and things like that. They know to recycle and about saving energy (we call it being Mother Earth Friendly) as well as composting. Shannon (the oldest) can identify a lot of the various plants growing in our yard.
        Standard school setting we are not.

        1. Oh yeah, if there are more side effects than what the vaccine is preventing, why bother? haha. It doesn’t make sense to get a shot to keep from getting sick, then getting sick from the shot. And I think the best way to keep from getting the flu is to just WASH YOUR HANDS! It’s so gross to think about how many people I’ve seen not wash their hands when they should have, especially after using a public bathroom! GROSS!!! Isn’t it like 1 out 6 people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom? The number should be zero.

          I’m such a germaphobe. 😛

  2. To take this a step further (since I was just arguing with my mother about this), we have decided not to take our youngest (who turned 2 on 8/14) to a two-year, well-visit check-up. We know he is healthy and growing just fine, he isn’t due any shots (double-checked this), and even the nurse didn’t seem too concerned that we weren’t going. We figure, if we know he is well, if we stress and value health and wellness at home, then why the need to go? Yes, it is covered by insurance, but we still have to pay $30 to a system that we believe is TERRIBLY faulty and ill-advised (pardon the pun).
    What do y’all think? Do you HAVE to take your kids in for EVERY well visit appointment?? (and, as usual, I repsect your right to disagree!)

    1. Of course not, it’s up to the parent. Only the parents know what’s best for their children. Personally, I have to go to the doctor atleast once a year because I’m somewhat of a hypchondriac…I’m usually fine, I just make illnesses up and freak myself out if I think there is any little thing wrong with me. lol.

      Your homeschooling sounds great, I want to do the same with my future children. Is there anything I need to be able to do that, so my kids are forced to go to school?

      1. As far as homeschooling goes, rules vary from state to state, so just look online for local homeschool groups. They have been a big help for me. Even though we are unschooling it is hard to get the school regime out of my head. Learning to let it be is much harder than it seems!

        1. Oh of course.. it makes sense. When you do something a certain way for so long, it’s hard to stop. lol. I think kids shouldn’t learn that everything is structured like school is, life isn’t like that. And thanks, I’ll have to see how things work in CT. I’m pretty sure I have to have a degree in something to teach my kids…

        2. Here in VA as long as we have a high school diploma we’re cool. I think you can even do it if you have a GED, but am not certain. There are several different “levels” and criteria you can meet.
          One thing I keep trying to remind myself is that if I’ve been able to help them learn to walk, talk, feed themselves, dress themselves, and potty train … schooling them should be something we can handle.
          And to answer your question: so far, I am the primary teacher, though we try to distribute things so they learn from both of us, as they should.
          I think Sadie homeschools though – don’t you?

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