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Old 10-10-2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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Don't vax or selective/delay vax?

I never know what to say to people when they find out we haven't vax our YDD and I want them to understand So Laymens terms please

ETA: I don't want to be defensive about it, I want to be informative.

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Old 10-10-2009, 11:09 AM   #2
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I don't see the need to explain my parenting choices to people. Sorry I'm no help.
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Well, why don't you vax? There are lots of reasons for people. I'm a huge vax advocate, but I understand there are certain reasons people don't.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:30 AM   #4
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I generally just say that I'm not comfortable with a lot of the ingredients in vaccines or with the validity of the testing they do on them.

If someone honestly wants to know more about it and they ask, I'm willing to share the specifics, but usually that's enough for people.
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I dont feel the need to explain, so I usually respectfully and firmly say that "We dont vaccinate and its the right choice for our family". That way it is a true statement, it is polite and respectful, but firm enough to say that I will not be bombarded with their opinion!
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If it ever comes up I just say there's a lot of possible side effects and the risks outweigh the possible benefits for us-and then I change the subject My friends think I'm weird but they already think that because we use cds
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I don't see the need to explain my parenting choices to people. Sorry I'm no help.
This exactly.

And honestly..I flat out lie about it. My mom and dad are the only ones who know we don't vax. My family would just butt in and give a bunch of crap advice. My MIL would probably have a heart attack if she found out. So when she asks about how DD does with her shots..I LIE! I just say she does ok with them or something like that and change ths subject. My family doesn't agree with me on about 75% of the things I do so why even tell them about it?
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Old 10-10-2009, 01:24 PM   #8
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If I di say anything it's usualy that it's a personal choice. I have to say that no one beyond DH and our doc know that we do not vax. I don't like to get into it with people that haven't done any research. MY MIL did ask us if we were going to get a flu shot this year, I said probably not. ( really meant Heck no!)
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My dad was floored when he found out, but I just shrugged it off and said, "I feel the risks of vax'ing outweigh the risks of illness. I've done a lot of research on it and it's the right choice for my kids." He tried to push the issue a bit (typical of my dad) and I just smiled blandly and changed the subject.

I don't feel the need to defend my choices beyond a simple polite factual statement. But then again, I've never had anyone attack my choices, either. Good luck!
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If someone I care about asks and genuinely wants info I just tell them that I don't feel comfortable with the ingredients. I may also mention that I trust doctors to treat the we vax against illnesses, but that they are usually useless when a child has a vax reaction. But mostly we don't mention it, it's no one's business.
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