choices in vaccination

shutterstock_52870667Many of us vaccinate our children or ourselves without giving it a second thought, what with dynamic advertising campaigns from the NHS, pressure from doctors, nurses, midwives, and often pressure from within our own families. We tend to see only one side of the story and that is the side expressed by the government. Whether you are considering vaccinating a newborn child, the HPV vaccination for 11 and 12 year old girls, or travel vaccinations for yourself and your family, there is another side to the story and a quite interesting side at that. As a homeopath I will always support your personal choices in vaccination what ever they may be, but I urge you, have a look at the other side of the debate. Make an informed choice. Two starting places are The Informed Parent and Arnica Parent’s Support Network.

The Informed Parent has a website with a host of information about vaccination. They state ‘More and more parents are questioning the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations. Greater knowledge enables parents to have the confidence to exercise their right to an informed choice’.

Arnica Parent’s Support Network (no relation to Arnica Homeopathy) write on their website ‘The Arnica Network was formed in 2007 by parents concerned about the vaccination program and interested in the role of Natural Health in disease. Within 5 few years, 75 new Arnica groups have started nationwide, which we feel reflects the strong interest in natural immunity and the need for like-minded friendship and support systems when making such choices for our families’.

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  1. Rosie Evans says:

    Thanks for this post. We delayed our DD’s vaccinations after finding out that the UK schedule for a newborn is different to that of the manufacturers recommendations. I was at least, able to breastfeed her through all of her vaccinations. However the final one was after she had weaned and I couldn’t bear to be there. I still feel so guilty about this! I remember reading as much as I could about MMR and held off for a long time. An outbreak of measles in the county along with a comment from a well meaning friend working in our GP surgery led to her eventually havimg it. We could have paid for the administration of this vaccine in its separate parts but I don’t think we could afford it at the time. It makes me sad that I didn’t have more like minded people around me to talk to about the issue.

  2. Karenza Grant says:

    Hi Rosie
    Thanks for your comment. It is really interesting to hear your story. It is truly a great asset to have like minded people to talk with about these issues. Whatever has been done in the past, I think it’s important to look forward to the positive healthcare steps we can make now. Having information to make these decisions, whatever they may be, is truly empowering. I’m really glad you have more like minded people around you now.

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