Is not really the question…
The question is…have you made a conscious, thoughtful decision?
Yes, I am going there – the controversial, divide families topic – immunisation – where I’m NOT going?…….a self-righteous rant telling you what you should (or shouldn’t) be doing.
As a parent, the immunisation issue is both on my mind and in my conversations.
As a parent, my children are my world, and no matter what I choose, as with all my decisions, I can only hope to god they are the right ones.
As a parent, I make these decisions with the information I have at the time.
As a health professional, I look at the facts and assess each child/family individually, but I will never tell the parent what they should do.
If you decide immunisation is the way to go for your family, there are a few things that you do to consciously immunise and support immune function at this time:
– Do not immunise if you child is unwell or taking antibiotics, their immune system is ‘busy’ and doesn’t need the extra burden at that time. Simply reschedule for a more convenient time for your family.
– If your child is showing developmental delays, stop the vaccinations until your concerns are understood and the the cause is discovered. The autism/vaccination debate is raging, and there is strong evidence on both sides of the fence, but do you want to be the one trialling it?
– Schedule immunisation at least 8-12 weeks apart – give the immune system a chance to stabilise.
– Check the immunisation insert – NEVER accept a vaccination that has thimerosal (mercury) as an ingredient.
– There are several nutrients to help support immune function at this time, such as cod liver oil, vitamin C and zinc – dosage will depend on your child and their requirements.
– Never be afraid to ask questions, if your questions aren’t being answered, wait until they are.
Most importantly, as our little darlings don’t come with instruction manuals, be kind to yourselves, to others and respect everyones decisions.