I know there's been a lot of hype about vaccines lately, like whether or not they cause autism or ADD or asthma or any number of other diseases. I also know that a lot of that hype is unfounded and not based in scientific evidence.
And yet, it's scary.
Clearly, a lot of people have had serious problems after giving their kids vaccines.
And I've been reading a bit of research lately about things like vaccinated children dying of whooping cough, or passing on whooping cough to babies.
I'm starting to wonder if vaccination is really worth it, which is a very scary, weighty, tough and risky thing to wonder about.
But I do not have blind faith in doctors.
I do not trust them to automatically know what is best for my future child or myself.
I, for one, have never ever willingly gotten a shot - except when I went to Africa and China, and only because they wouldn't let me go without it.
But my baby will not be in a third-world country. He (or she) will live here, and will eat clean food and bathe regularly and be fed breast milk (which supposedly has tons of immunizations built right in).
So I am asking for advice.
And I am also asking for legit articles on the topic. I want to do as much research as possible, on both pro and anti-vaccine fields. If you have read a good study or article please pass it my way. I don't just want to do this word-of-mouth.
I want to make the most informed decision I can (because I'm kind of freaking out about it).
Which, by the way, I do not consider to be a scientific article. Come on, Dad. I can tell the difference. I can!