To vaccinate or not…continued

So a while ago I posted about the conflict my wife and I were feeling with regard to giving our son vaccines, especially the MMR vaccine. I just wanted to give an update on what we decided, and how it’s going.

So we did decide to go ahead and vaccinate him. However, we did not decide to do this because it was “the thing we’re supposed to do”. There were several factors we considered while making this decision. The most important was praying about it. The others were as follows:

  1. Impact to the rest of his life.
    As we considered what may happen, one of the fears we had was if we would “handicap” him for the rest of his life, making it difficult to do things.  For instance, if we did not vaccinate him, it would make it difficult to find a sports team that would let him play growing up.  Additionally, if we did not vaccinate him and he wanted to go on overseas missions trips later in life, this would be a much more difficult process, if not impossible, if he was not vaccinated.  We did not to limit what he could do in life because of our fear.
  2. Risk of the actual disease.
    There are few things in life that are risk free, and vaccinations is definitely something that carries risks with it.  While the ABP and CDC has said there is no link between vaccinations and Autism, the anecdotal evidence is hard to ignore.  Even with that, why did we choose to vaccinate?  Well, if we didn’t vaccinate our little boy, then he an the risk of contracting the various diseases they try to prevent.  With that said, would we rather risk losing our son because we’re afraid of a “hard life” of having a child with Autism, or take the risk and make sure our son has one less factor threatening his ability to see his next birthday.  A slim a chance as eiter contracting Measles (or another disease) or developing Autism might be, we decided we would rather give him the vaccine and know that these diseases are not going to threaten his life.

Let me say that I know the decision is not the same decision every parent makes.  I understand more each day how the decisions of parenthood are ridded with questions, gray area, and a faith that God’s grace is great enough to cover our mistakes (as parents and otherwise).  If you’ve decided not to vaccinate your kids, I want to stand behind you.  It’s not the decision we made, but I don’t think there are any black-and-white, right-or-wrong decisions here.  I only hope you made the decision based on what is best for your child and through seeking how God would have you parent.

Please drop me a comment and let me know the decision you made, and how you arrived at it.