Immunizations are a hot topic right now so it was understandable that everyone was asking whether we would be getting Sweet Baby J’s first immunizations or not. It was also understandable for some people to question our decision. I get that there is so much conflicting information out there, and I understand that there are a lot of shots given at once. I contemplated researching and giving my stance on an alternate schedule, but I eventually decided against it. The truth is that I didn’t want Sweet Baby J to get any of the illnesses that could be prevented with an immunization. I wanted him to be worry free when it came to things like the measles and whooping-cough. For me, it was about his safety and the safety of others around him.
The truth is that if you’re not immunized then you run the risk of catching an immunization preventable illness, and I’d be okay with that if it only had an effect on the person who wasn’t immunized. You see I have a degree in political science from a prestigious university and my adviser once told me that your right to swing your fist ends when it hits someone else’s nose. I can have all the personal freedom I want so long as it doesn’t infringe on someone else’s freedom. I’ve always believed this to be true, and I try to live by it. In keeping with that ideal, I was more than comfortable getting Sweet Baby J his first vaccines.
It was rough for me at the doctor’s office. I knew well before we got there that my baby could sometimes be intense and/or feisty so I was nervous. I was nervous that he was going to be screaming the entire appointment like last time unless he had my boob in his mouth, and I think the doctor worried about it too. She let him continue nursing when she first came in because well it was easier to converse and not talk over him screaming. I was anxious about how he was going to react to the shots. I was nervous about how he’d be afterward. The truth is though that I shouldn’t have been so nervous. My baby takes medicine like a champ, and he was somewhat distracted by sugar-water for the shot itself. Now, he felt a little pain, and he was unhappy. He was cranky and cuddly the entire afternoon afterward as well. I can’t blame the kid. He was running a low-grade fever and just generally feeling icky. It was worth it though.
I now know that Sweet Baby J is protected from a number of illnesses not only from my milk but also from his own first vaccines. I feel safe taking him places. I feel like we could conquer Disneyland! It’s easy to prevent diseases like the measles, and I think that we should all consider not only ourselves but others. Now, I’m not going to tell you how to run your life or raise your kids, but I know that it was right for me. I know that I feel that it should be something that happens for all children. Would you really want polio to make a comeback? I hope you’ll consider this when thinking about your children’s first vaccines.
Sweet Baby J was cranky for 24 hours, but it was well worth it. We are both happier today, and I know he is safe. I never look forward to my little guy being in pain or not feeling well, but I do look forward to him having a healthy immune system with good antibodies and immunities.