Last night Revolution Health sponsored another one of those great phone calls that provides bloggers with a chance to talk to health professionals about important health and wellness topics. The topic this time was Immunizations. Good timing since this is National Immunization Awareness Month.
Catherine sat in on the call and I'm pretty sure she will be blogging her thoughts at women 4 hope.
Eliza Sherman of Babyfruit was also in attendance and asked questions about delaying her daughter's vaccines until she's older. Have you considered doing this? Did you know infant vaccinations are formulated specifically to work for infants? Delaying them may not be the answer so talk to your doctor and think about the pros and cons before making that decision.
I think it was Pam of Soul Gardening who talked about insurance companies that aren't covering vaccines. She's not the only one thinking about this. Susan at Working Moms Against Guilt has an interesting question:
Ironically, children who receive government-provided health care get the new vaccines, because they're covered. But for kids of middle-class families with private health insurance, some of the newer vaccines (chicken pox, rotavirus, meningitis, etc.) aren't part of the package.
So this gives me pause: Has Cassie's doctor not administered necessary vaccines because insurance doesn't cover it? He hasn't recommended any out-of-pocket vaccines to me, but could it be he assumes I won't want to pay the hundreds of dollars for them? I would, of course.
Pam, like a lot of parents, has been struggling with decisions about vaccinations and finding reliable information to help you make these decisions can be difficult.
I just wish there were more sane, solid information available on the subject so that anyone who chooses this route can make the most informed decisions possible.
Which leads us to the "vaccinations causes ________" problem. Luckily we had Kristina from Autism Vox on the phone call. Talk about a voice of reason, she certainly is that - and more. This is what I love about blogs and bloggers. Kristina is a real "expert" in the field of autism and if you have a question about immunizations and their link to autism, she's probably got a link on her site or can point you quickly to facts and theories.
Kids aren't the only ones who need immunizations. Check the adult immunization schedule or give the CDC Immunization Quiz a try. You might be surprised by what you find out.
Last night's call covered more topics than I can hit in this post. The Revolution Health Audio Cast is available for you to listen to at your leisure.
I'd love to read your immunization and vaccination stories and questions - in the comments or if you've got a lot to say, click "Create Content" and blog your thoughts right here on BlogHer.
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