"poking" around for vaccination information
September 9, 2009 7:52 AM Subscribe
Where can I find non-biased information relating to the safety of vaccinations for children?
posted by burhan to health & fitness (39 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Divorced. Sole custody and authority over children, but must consult/discuss with exwife on medical issues.
Recently, my 8 yr old was bit by a pet store hamster. In calling the community nurse I was told that she would need a tetanus shot - or rather that it was "Absolutely recommended".
I informed exwife of the situation. Exwife is adamant on no vaccinations ever, with the exception of this tetanus shot.
However, my 8 yr old is asking to be be brought up to date with all of her vaccines.
I have my children do research on things and present me pros/cons which we discuss over dinner. This works with the older kids, but my 8 yr old is too young to make a decision on this.
I have cited the problems with Wakefields immunization=autism paper/combo-vs-individual vaccination articles, articles from the WHO, the US CDC and Health Canada (we are in Canada) to exwife. I haven't gotten a response from her yet, but really need to be educated to the facts instead of the hype.
What I'm looking for is non-agenda based, objective information on the pros and cons of childhood vaccinations.
My bias is to immunize - the risks of not doing so are less than the risks of doing so, however, I want to enter into this decision with more than just a layman's knowledge gained from propaganda websites.
Does anyone have references to help?
I am just tired of googling and finding biased articles.