Originally Posted by goldengrain
I'm just looking for any sort of compromise here.
I think the cat breeders (some) have had bad experiences with multiple vaccines in one delivery. I don't believe kittens to be more precious than our infants. I am not one to discard experience as input to decision making since scientific testing has shown results of safety that has proven erroneous in the past.
Again, if I had a child, I would get the vaccines. I would also probably take whatever safety measures that I could, paying extra for separate shots separated by time intervals and probably starting them at a later age and maybe not exposing the infant to others too much during the time period in which he was not vaccinated. I notice, around my area, mothers taking kids out among the public VERY early. That was not done so much a generation ago. That, too, is thought to increase the child's natural immunity by exposing it to disease at an early age.
I wonder if that could have something to do with the increase in autism cases in modern times? Doctos cannot really tell us HOW kids get autism, can they?
Cats are not people. Some medicines meant for humans can kill both cats and dogs. So, that being said, I can't put too much stock in vaccine studies on cats as opposed to humans. I realize the value of such studies in that it could bring up questions or scenarios that may not be addressed when developing vaccines for the human population, or any drug / medicine for that matter, but it's still apples to oranges. And no, I'm not advocating animal testing. That's a whole nother argument.
In regards to waiting until a child is older, how old? Vaccines are first given between birth and 6 months of age. In regards to families who need daycare because both spouses work, daycare will not accept children without proof of vaccination (I don't know how that works on the religious front) and you'll see infants as young as 6 weeks old in daycare. People just can't take a leave of absence to wait until their child or children are older to get a vaccinated, not when they really need their jobs to support their family.
I like the idea of separate vaccines at different times, but for some people, they wouldn't be able to afford it. A flu vaccine for my child at the pediatrician's office alone is around $100 because vaccines are not covered once a child is past the age of 6 years on my insurance. I don't know if all insurances are like that, but if so, that would certainly put a dent in the wallets of families with multiple children. I know one's child is more precious than money, but if you don't have the money to take the preventive measures for your children, what is a parent to do?
I do feel that children less than 6 weeks of age should not be taken out in public settings if possible. When I had chicken pox during my pregnancy, so many things could've went wrong with my baby. You can read one of my previous posts if you haven't already on the horror I was facing if she contracted the chicken pox in utero. This is why I'm such a strong advocate for vaccinating children. When she was born and, thankfully, okay, I wouldn't let anyone come to our apartment until she was 6 weeks of age, not even my in-laws to their dismay. I felt bad, but I was taking no chances. An experience like what I went through will really make you think.
And before anyone can say an experience of a child coming down with autism around the time of receiving a series of vaccines would make me sway towards NOT vaccinating my child or children, let me just say that the fact I had chicken pox was a physical reality whereas no studies have proven there's a connection between vaccines and autism. It's all speculation at this point, maybe even coincidence. Maybe that's just the age of a child when they come down with autism, so I DO see your point in wanting to find a way to wait for children to get vaccinated. Sadly, it's not plausible in situations where proof of vaccination is needed for things like daycare as I have mentioned.
And since doctors cannot, as you say, tell us what causes autism, then maybe it's incorrect to point the finger at vaccines.
I'm not picking on you, goldengrain, so I apologize if it sounds that way. You have valid points, but the reality is vaccines do save lives, which I know you already know. I think it's great you are seeking some kind of compromise. I really do wish there WAS one that would please everybody.