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To vaccinate…or not?

So my son is 15 months old, and this weekend we’re supposed to take him to the pediatrician to get his first dose of the MMR vaccine (Measels, Mumps and Rubela).  My wife and I have been going back and forth on the idea of vaccinating him and whether it’s in his best interest.

Tonight at dinner I was sitting there watching him, totally enjoying how he smiles, talks, and feeds me.  A fear came through me of what it would be like if he suddenly changed to autistic.  At the same time, there is this gripping fear that if we don’t vaccinate him here is a great illness waiting for him down the road.

As I have learned, being a parent is about trusting God will protect and provide us, and our son.  There is a promise in Isaiah:

1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

3 For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.

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4 thoughts on “To vaccinate…or not?

  1. suehaydon says:

    I pray that God will protect your son! I too wrestle with this same fear. But I know that LORD has heard my prayer and he will hear your prayer too! I hope that the doctors visit went well!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Haven’t you heard there is no link between vaccinations and autism??
    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/AutismDecision/

    1. joshdecker says:

      While I appreciate your comments, how do you defend against such findings as these:
      http://westonaprice.org/children/autism.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/02/mccarthy.autsimtreatment/index.html
      http://www.generationrescue.org/studies.html

      Just to start with a few…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Although there has been a big rise in autism, there has only been a small increase in MMR vaccination over the same period. The number of kindergarten children in California with autism rose by almost 400 percent from 1980 to 1994, without a big rise in MMR. Unvaccinated children are just as likely as vaccinated children to have autism, and Jenny McCarthy is a Playboy centrefold, not an expert. The US government’s Center for Disease Control does, however, hire experts to study autism. Please look at all the studies they have conducted which show no link between autism and vaccines:
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/documents/vaccine_studies.pdf

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