Here are some questions to answer for yourself in deciding about vaccination:
1. Name of the disease 2. Description of the disease 3. Length of time from initial infection to end of all symptoms 4. Infectious period 5. Normal symptoms of the disease 6. Known serious consequences of the disease 7. Proportion of persons infected developing serious consequences 8. Transmission route of the disease 9. Prevalence of the disease 10. Treatments of the disease and efficacy of those treatments 11. Relevant research about the disease 12. Name of the vaccine 13. Company that makes the vaccine 14. Contents of the vaccine 14A. The significance of whether or not the vaccine is live 15. History of development of the vaccine 16. Known side-effects of the vaccine and rate of incidence of those side-effects 17. Possible side-effects not yet acknowledged by the vaccine maker 18. Relevant research into the vaccine 19. How effective is the vaccine at preventing the disease? 20.What is the vaccine meant to do? (Many vaccines are not meant to prevent infection or transmission). 21.Number of cases reported each year. 22.Number of deaths reported each year from the vaccine and natural disease.
Make a decision that is best for you and your family.
And vaccination is not an all or nothing decision. YOu can choose to vaccinate selectively, or on a slower schedule, etc.
All of my children are fully vaccinated though I declined the Hep B in the hospital---I'm not a drug user, I don't have hepatitis and my newborn is not having unprotected sex :o) I waited to get that vax.
My last child has autism and his pediatrician and I made a decision to slow down his vaccine schedule. DS was completely vaccinated before school started and that is all that matters as far as school regs.