homeschool community

Within the homeschool community that we are a part of has exposed us to all different types philosophies and ideas related to how a family should live and raise their children. Everything from homesteading, to whole learning and even vaccinations are common topics of discussion. We know of some people who are strongly opposed to vaccines but most people understand their necessity. Since we have 4 children this is a subject that we have discussed a good bit. Our oldest child was adopted from China when she was 14 months old. We were given a list of vaccinations that she had in China but were advised to get all new vaccinations when we returned to the States. There was one day where she got hit with 5 shots which contained, I think, vaccines for 9 different illnesses. There were no side effects aside from the stuffy nose and leg soreness, but in retrospect, I would have preferred to space them out more rather than getting them all at one time.

Since then we have had 3 biological children and have agreed to be more cautious with when we allow our children to get vaccinated. We do believe in vaccinating but we have our own philosophy on when they should get those vaccinations. Part of that is driven by the understanding that while the vast majority of vaccines are safe there are rare instances that a person can experience negative side-affects. While those instances are very rare they do happen. Just because something is rare doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. So with that in mind, everything is done with input from our doctor about when the best time is to get vaccinated for certain illnesses and also what vaccines can be put off. We have carefully and thoughtfully evaluated the recommended vaccination schedule and then worked with our doctor on the actual schedule that we followed. That would be my recommendation to others

 
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