Whether to vaccinate your baby or not is a very emotional subject if you don't just simply listen to your pediatrician who will likely not bring up an alternative. But if you do your research, you will end up very confused, because you will see two definite sides with points as clear as mud. We went through this very process and went from parents who blindly listened to the doctor holding the shots, to completely skipping "well baby" doctor visits. We no longer vaccinate at all, not because we know more than the emotionally frazzled parents that might end up here, but because with everything, we err on the side of caution. If you truly examine both sides, you might end up where we did. We do believe that vaccines do more harm than good, yet there is also that little bit of doubt that the mainstream (and pharmaceutical companies) have put into the back of our minds that we are "off" for the stance that we take. No matter where you end up, it is important to examine for yourself what vaccines can do to your child. This is not an exhaustive list, and there are other sources on the internet that I encourage you to examine. Here are some books, and some links that will be helpful in your research.
Here is an excellent visual/audio education on vaccinations, their effectiveness, and the truth about the science behind the "success" of immunizations. Vaccination: The Hidden Truth
Books on Vaccinations (aka Immunizations)
These books are largely anti-vaxing books which present numerous facts highlighting the danger and history of vaccines. I am purposely not providing pro-vaxing books, because frankly, they only support the myths that your doctor regurgitates. Two things that you should remember is that 1) you have to sign a consent form with lots of health warnings before your child is vaccinated, and 2) there has been legislation that provides compensation for families with vaccine injured children. So, "it's safe, but just in case..."
Helpful Vaccine Links
Autism & Vaccines: A New Look At An Old Story - All parents should read this article before they allow their babies to receive vaccinations.
Chicken Pox Vaccines - Two different perspectives. On July 10, 2006 I received a seemingly innocent publication from BabyCenter in my inbox. Being the skeptic that I am, I did a little search for more information.
Vaccines and Aluminum Hydroxide- Vaccines show sinister side By Pieta Woolley Study showing vaccine "reactions" may occur years later, in the form of ALS, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's
Generation Rescue- This website is a MUST read if you are considering vaccines OR if you have a child with autism, ADD, ADHD, asperger's, and other developmental delays and learning disabilities. This site is FULL of helpful information!
Do Vaccines Work and Are They Safe? - Article by Dr. Vernon Coleman.
Vaccination Liberation- Information - The Polio Death Rate was Decreasing on its Own Before the Vaccine was Introduced.
The Dangers of Smallpox Vaccination - Excellent information regarding the smallpox vaccination and statistics throughout time.
www.VaccineTruth.org/ - Excellent website, a MUST read for all parents.
Tetanus Vaccine Read about my personal account and research that has alerted me to the insanity of this vaccine.
Alternatives to the Flu Vaccine by Dr. Joseph Mercola "All the turmoil being generated by the media and governmental agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) over the flu vaccine and its "shortage" has me concerned. With this overreaction to the shortage of this "cure" that can actually be harmful to you, I am worried that many otherwise reasonable people may believe the hype and feel even more of a need to take the flu vaccine."- Dr. Mercola
National Vaccine Information Center Your authority on vaccines, including information on mercury or thimerosal in vaccines, the risks of different vaccines, and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. That's right- if your child is injured by a vaccine, the government will pay you up to $250,000. But how much money would replace the life of your child?
Vaccines are Not Mercury-free PRESS RELEASE, August 12, 2004 Health Advocacy in the Public Interest (HAPI)