Vaccination: Why I understand both sides

I vaccinated my child fully when she was a baby/toddler, but there was a period of time when I was worried about doing so, so I can understand, to some degree, the anti-vaxxers’ fears.

Here’s my honest confession about why we did what we did.

These are the things that worried me, and caused me to delay vaccination, at first:

–My cousin’s first daughter apparently had a bad reaction to a Hepatitis A vaccine that resulted in her needing a liver transplant.

–My sister-in-law was not vaccinating her children, and gave me anti-vaccine literature to look at.

–According to The Happiest Baby on the Block philosophy, babies in their first three months are essentially in the fourth trimester. I just couldn’t imagine injecting stuff into my newborn baby. Still, we elected to let her have the Vitamin K injection right at birth (this one helps prevent forceps babies from bleeding to death internally from any bruising that might result from being yanked from Mama with giant tongs). So delaying the two-month shots until four-months made no sense, but pregnancy and baby-moon are not good times for rational decision making.

Here’s why I eventually decided to vaccinate:

When my daughter was born nearly a decade ago, were living in Vancouver, BC, Canada; a busy metropolis. Our family doctor told me that her own parents had not vaccinated her. As an adult, she had also decided not to vaccinate her own children. But working as a doctor made her realize how many cases of measles, tuberculosis, etc. were coursing through our international city, and she decided vaccination was the safer choice. In adulthood, she went through the process of having herself fully vaccinated, and also caught her children up on their vaccinations.

So we did the same with our baby and had her fully vaccinated. There were no complications, and now she’s a happy, healthy kid.

I hope if you are reading this and are on the fence, you will take the time to research thoroughly. It’s not just your own children’s lives and health that are at stake.

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