9 posts categorized "Vaccinations"
August 27, 2009
With the school year around the corner, I am struck thinking about the passing of germs and viruses running rampant, as it does every year as flu season approaches. This year, however, beyond the typical question of the flu shot "yay or nay?", I am starting to think of the H1N1/swine flu shot. Have you discussed this with your health care practitioner? Decided whether or not to get the swine flu vaccine? An urbanMama sends the timely email:
I'm wondering what other families are going to do about the swine flu vaccine that's being offered this year. I've never had a flu shot, and am not too keen on the idea. But I have a new baby and a three and a half year old who is starting preschool next month. I hate the idea of all of us being sick with a highly contagious, nasty illness. I'd love to hear what other mamas are doing.
January 06, 2009
Whether or not vaccines pose a risk to infants and small children has been called one of the great debates of this decade. Some claim that there is a connection between vaccines and the rising rate of autism in the U.S., while others argue that vaccines are not only safe but vital to keeping kids healthy.
Oregon requires children to be vaccinated against 11 different diseases in order to attend school, but the state does allow for exemptions. These are technically religious exemptions, but religion is defined broadly as "any system of beliefs, practices or ethical values." The exemption rate is 4.1 percent statewide but Ashland has recently drawn national attention for their unusually high rate of vaccine exemptions. More than 28 percent of kindergartners there were not vaccinated in 2007. That's why the Centers for Disease Control will be hosting a public meeting in this southern Oregon city on Saturday to listen to parents' concerns and gather information for a vaccine safety study.
April 11, 2008
From Public Affairs and Human Services:
Measles has been confirmed in a traveler who flew from Amsterdam to Seattle to Portland on March 26, and then back to Amsterdam from Portland on March 29. State and local public health officials are investigating the activities of this traveler, and identifying people who might be at risk of becoming ill.
September 20, 2007
I know I've started many a post on urbanMamas with...."Did anyone see Oprah the other day?" But I'm asking again...did anyone see Jenny McCarthy and Holly Robinson Peete on Oprah this week discussing autism? Oprah read a new statement from the Centers for Disease Control:
"...We simply don't know what causes most cases of autism, but we're doing everything we can to find out. The vast majority of science to date does not support an association between thimerosal in vaccines and autism. But we are currently conducting additional studies to further determine what role, if any, thimerosal in vaccines may play in the development of autism. It is important to remember, vaccines protect and save lives. Vaccines protect infants, children and adults from the unnecessary harm and premature death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases."
It seems that in the past the stance from the CDC has been that there is absolutely no connection, but in this statement they seem to be saying they are pretty sure, but not definitely sure that there isn't a connection and they're doing more research now... I know I'm opening a can of worms here but it's got me thinking and I'd love to know if any other mamas are renewing their concerns over any connection between vaccinations (specifically for MMR) and autism?
April 28, 2007
We just got fired from our pediatrician for refusing to vaccinate our 2 year old. Can anyone recommend a pediatrician in close-in SE or NE who wii be ok with our choice?
June 15, 2006
Sadie commented a while back:
I'd be interested in uM's points of view on vaccinations in general. All or none? Some or one? Younger or older? What if you travel abroad? And so on. I know this is a loaded topic, and perhaps this isn't the right thread for it. But i looked around and couldn't find a discussion on the matter.
Kate mentioned that:
I think it is a pretty loaded topic, but all the discussions I've seen on uM so far have been respectful, so I'm sure it could be done.
I highly recommend the book "Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives" by Aviva Jill Romm. We ultimately decided to vaccinate selectively (after one year) and I found this book to be very comprehensive and easy to understand, no matter what you decide.
June 04, 2006
About the MMR, India is seeking your help in searching for the following:
I'm looking for a doctor/clinic where I can get my 21 month old the MMR vaccine in three separate shots. Does any have any leads?
November 18, 2005
So, our big girl was down with a bad, bad something this week. Four days straight of fever; temperatures ranging from 102 to over 104. We went into the doctor on Day 5, knowing that the benchmark was: fever for > 4 days is often bacterial and fever < 4 days is viral. Since the fever broke on Day 5, we were in good shape. I guess. The four days of fever were still pretty rough on the entire family.
When we went in to the doctor, I asked "Should we get the flu shot?" Her thought was: "If the children are over 2 years old and are generally healthy, then I am not a big supporter of the shot." The flu shot is designed to help out folks for whom the flu would cause other health complications, like I trust our pediatrician, pretty much. I weigh her opinion pretty heavily.
My mother is a pediatrician. She is a big proponent of the flu shot and flu mist. Her rationale: why not prevent a potentially bad and terribly uncomfortable situation? She's got a point. Do I want to endure another almost week long of fevers and such sad, droopy, spontaneously-tearing eyes?
I don't know. I'm torn. I'm not big on meds. Then again, I don't really question most of the major vaccinations. The flu shot is a different matter. For my girls, the flu probably won't be a life-threatening condition. It will, however, be pretty darn inconvenient. Then, ever vaccine has it's side effects. Among the flu shots side effects: local soreness, low-grade fever, insomnia, irritability, some rashes.
Our big girl just suffered a bad virus that was almost flu-grade. Who knows? Maybe it was the flu. Even though I was already at the doctor's office, I opted not to get the flu shot for myself or the girls. I just may regret it come later in the season ...