The Angel had her shots yesterday. She was a sad angel :( I wish I could make them not hurt. She was so sweet too. All smiley with the doctor. And then...
I know there are a lot of people who don't vaccinate their kids anymore. I did read up on it, just so I could make my own somewhat informed decision, but I couldn't find a convincing argument against vaccines. There was a case of autism that seemed to be linked to a vaccine, but then that was apparently proven otherwise. And I don't think I could live with myself if anything serious happened to her because I didn't vaccinate.
I am a big believer in a more natural approach to baby care. I breastfeed on demand and intend to let her self-wean; we co-sleep and again intend to let her decide for herself when she is ready to move into her own bed; I wear her in a sling for most of her waking hours and some of her sleeping ones too; I am introducing solids using a baby-led approach; I have been reading a lot about home-schooling and un-schooling and hope to make the right decision when that time comes. But I really can't get my head around not vaccinating. It just doesn't feel right... in fact it feels a bit stupid and reckless.
Yes, there is a lot to be said for more traditional societies who practice these more natural methods, but they also have higher mortality rates. What is wrong with a balanced approach? Take the best of both worlds. We have made huge advances in medicine, for a reason. Yes, go back to nature, but take some of the things we have learnt along the way.
Anybody else have any thoughts on vaccines?