I am not a pro-vaccination type person. My mom passed this on to me. She is quite fanatical in her views on modern medicine. I was raised on home-grown and home-remedy. While I think modern medicine can be life-saving, I follow my mom's thinking when it comes to vaccinations. Shooting chemicals into your body that actually weaken your immune system seems foolish. I know things like polio and rubella have been kept in check this way, and I am thankful, but things like the flu and chickenpox seem to be going overboard when it comes to immunizations. Our state requires the Hep-B shots and the chicken pox vaccinations for every child. Now they want to require that all children recieve a flu shot every year? I don't think so. There is so much information out there about the link between vaccinations and autism, ADD, etc.
These are a couple of sites I found with a lot of information on them.
I have had people criticize me already because my children have the flu this year and I never had them vaccinated. They also think that because I only medicate my children in the direst of situations, that I must be like my ma, a fanatic. We use herbal remedies whenever possible and I get a lot of advice from this site- http://www.learningherbs.com This site was on someone's blog, here and it has been tremendously helpful. The garlic oil I used on my daughter's ear infection, worked in less than 12 hours. She hasn't had a any problems with it since.
"We are building up our immune systems." That's what I tell my family, as we battle any virus or infection.