Therein lies the problem. A decision not to vaccinate can put other people at risk. My Mrs is anti vaccine, the main issues for her being the carriers that are used to preserve them and also the potential side effects of combined vaccines like MMR.
Originally Posted by James1979
When we got together she already had two children of 7 and 9 but I hadn't started a family with my ex.
The long and short of it was, given we were both in our mid forties, we hoped but didn't expect to have a baby.
We did and he's now 5 but at 16 months he contracted hooping cough. It can be fatal in young infants and people of compromised immunity. They call it the 100 day cough and for about 2 months of that it was absolutely hellish watching him cough himself to the point where he'd turn blue, then the awful sound of him sucking in air so desperately he'd make the classic sound which gives the disease its name. Other times he'd cough so violently he'd throw up. The doctors basically said we just had to ride it out as there wasn't any useful treatment which made the whole experience all the more painful for us as parents, feeling like we weren't really able to do anything.
To make matters worse, my Mrs then caught it and just as our son started to improve she developed pneumonia and was hospitalised for 4 days.
Nobody died thankfully ! But I was a farking nervous wreck by the end of it all and as soon as she was better we had a long and frank discussion about vaccination. Eventually we reached a compromise. All of the children were vaccinated up to date but we used a private doctor up in town. They didn't use the same preservatives/carriers and although she still wasn't completely happy about it all she knew there was no way I was going to allow our son not to be vaccinated. I basically told her I'd take him to the local doctors for his jabs if I had to, something I didn't really have a problem with.
I don't think anybody can catogorically say one way or the other whether the vaccines or their additives can cause permanent mental or physical damage but one things for sure. If more and more people decide not to take up vaccination, herd immunity will be lost and we'll see more and more pregnant mothers, elderly people and those with compromised immunity die from diseases which were all but eradicated.
He'll regret it till his dying day, if ever he lives that long