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Your vaccination options as a South African parent

By November 16, 2015 5 Comments

To vaccinate? To delay vaccination? Or to go the homeopathic route? What are your options?

The big heated debate that often turns a calm conversation into a full blown war. There are 2 very clear sides to this war (let’s just call a spade a spade) – we have the anti-vax parents and we have the pro-vax parents. And it’s a tough decision. Especially when you’re sitting on the fence.

You don’t want to not vaccinate your child and then live in fear of them contracting all these terrible childhood diseases, but then on the other end, what if there is some truth to this whole anti-vax movement? What if…?

I think whichever choice you make (and yes you do have a choice and yes your child can still attend school), it’s important to be informed and feel 100% confident in your final decision.

We personally chose not to vaccinate our son, but it took us months to make that decision. We didn’t just watch one YouTube video of Jenny McCarthy. We delayed vaccination at birth, to give us enough time to do the proper research and in the end we decided that the risk of vaccine injury outweighed the risk of contracting one of the illnesses.

That said, I don’t believe that this is the right decision for every family. Just like breastfeeding might not be the right decision for every family, or natural birth – I believe that vaccination is just as big a decision to make.

If you are a concerned parent or parent-to-be, this talk is for you. It is hosted by Global Wellness Chiropractic in conjunction with Vaccine Awareness South Africa and is happening this Saturday the 21st of November from 9-11am at the Milnerton library. You can purchase your tickets online via Quicket.

I’ve kept comments open on this article, for now. Please be respectful if you wish to leave a comment. If any undesirable comments are posted (swearing or nastiness will not be tolerated) I will be forced to close this post to comments. Please feel free to leave a respectful comment, no matter which side of the fence you stand.

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Shannon McLaughlin

About Shannon McLaughlin

Shannon is a mama to her busy little toddler Leo, who is the inspiration behind her business, Ubuntu Baba. She strives to create the simplest and comfiest baby carrier on the market, helping new moms to step out into the world again with confidence, freedom and style.

5 Comments

  • Jo-Anne says:

    This is fantastic, especially for people on the fence (like myself) and still trying to get enough research done. I have, however, been exposed to Vaccine Awareness South Africa in their closed group on Facebook and am concerned that this will be a bit of a bias talk in favour of anti-vac as opposed to a neutral setting. What are your thoughts? I’m just looking for information coming from a neutral ground to help make my decision easier as this has all been very confusing with such conflicting information from both sides :(

    • Lucy says:

      Hi Jo-Anne

      The time for the seminar will be very limited, so no propaganda. ;-) Christine will be giving information that parents don’t normally get from their Paed or Clinic. But it is information that parents can readily find if they are prepared to research. But this workshop is to eliminate the overwhelming feeling of where to start… It is not going to be Anti or Pro Vaccine – it will be Pro Informed Consent. Yes VASA is biased – but Vasa will give you the other side which you don’t often hear about in open forums. Yes the speakers are biased but they will be giving you information you don’t normally get. The onus is on you to make the decision based on the talk and your own research via your Paed, Clinic or academically yourself. The exact topics will be based on exactly what is written about in the Quicket link, we don’t have much time to cover anything else. But there will be handouts for further research with links etc. I will be honest my son was vaccine/antibiotic damaged and it’s taken me 4 years to rectify, so I cannot lie about my stance now – after he did get all his vaccines till 18months. But with the help of VASA and GWC I have made amazing strides and love sharing my story to help others. Please message me if you would like any further information. ;-)

      Thanks so much
      Lucy

  • marika says:

    Please come to Pretoria!!! Would love to attend it!

  • tracey says:

    Any chance this could come to jhb / pta? Im very interested.

  • Cara says:

    Awesome way to allow parents to make an informed decision for their family.

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