Our Reasons for Not Vaccinating

Madeline will officially be starting homeschooling this fall.  In order to register her we had to present either her proof of vaccination or our religious exemption. Thinking that the religious exemption needed to be written, I began work on a mini-paper explaining why we chose not to vaccinate.  However, a few days into my work, another non-vaccinating mom told me I only had to sign a pre-written form.  Nothing fancy.

Well, instead of letting my hard work go to waste, I thought I’d finish and share it for those of you considering whether or not to vaccinate.  For those of you who do vaccinate and may consider non-vaccination to be foolish or negligent, I would love to have you stick around and consider the other side. You may not change your position on vaccinations, but I hope it will keep you from viewing non-vaccinators as nut-job, faithless, fringe-lunatics.  🙂

Not a Matter of Salvation

Before we dive in, I wanted to review that vaccinations are not a matter of salvation.  To quote from a post I did on this topic a while ago:

Those of us who believe that vaccines are more dangerous to our health than the diseases from which they protect us, are no more righteous than those those who believe otherwise. Parents who vaccinate are doing what they understand to be best for their families.

Those of us who believe vaccines are more beneficial for our health than they are dangerous, are no more righteous than those who believe otherwise. Parents who don’t vaccinate are doing what they understand to be best for their families.

So, why discuss it?

We believe that we should be seekers of the truth.  Scripture tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to “test everything; hold fast to what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.”  (Though some might think applying the “evil” part to vaccines is a bit much, consider that many vaccines make use of aborted fetal tissue and animal cells.  More on that to come. . .)

In 1 Corinthians 10:23, Paul says, “‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up.”  Though there is certainly no direct command in scripture to avoid vaccines, we feel they are not helpful for building up our children to serve the Lord and others with all of their strength and might.

Our Investigative Journey

This is part of a long process of investigation that Erich and I have been doing for the last 6 years or so.  It started before Madeline was born.

Though we understood that there are risks to not vaccinating we ultimately determined that there are more risks to vaccinating and decided to avoid them at least for the time being.

***As a side note, even if you are 100% convinced that you do want to vaccinate your child, delaying them is a GREAT option, widely recommended by many medical experts like Dr. Donald Miller and Dr. Bob Sears. If you’re not 100% about vaccines, please consider delaying until you are. ***

As Erich and I continue to study the topic, we’ve remained firm in our decision.

Posts to Come

I’ve boiled down our reasons for not vaccinating into nine main points which I hope you’ll consider with me in the coming days:

  1. Decline in Disease Not Due to Vaccines
  2. Ingredients (including aborted fetal tissue and animal cells)
  3. Autism, Asthma, Autoimmune Diseases
  4. Lack of Studies Proving Long-Term Safety
  5. Lack of Integrity in Industry and Government
  6. Doctors are Human Too
  7. Vaccine Failure and Injury
  8. Mild Diseases
  9. Better Health Without

Lots of these topics actually blend into each other.  Vaccine ingredients are related to autism, asthma, and autoimmune diseases, which are related to lack of integrity in the vaccine industry and government. . . You get the picture.

Here’s a great video summarizing the issues I’ll be addressing in more depth.  There are a couple of sections that deal specifically with the H1N1 vaccine which was big last year when the video was made, but the sections surrounding it are more general and very informative:

My hopes

To quote again from my previous cross-centered discussion of vaccines post:

I hope that my communication on this topic will inform you.

If you’re a wife, I hope you bring everything to your husband and ultimately rest in his leadership.

I hope that those of you who disagree with me never feel condemned or judged by me.  Likewise, I hope those who disagree with me will not condemn or judge me for my position.

I hope that you will engage with me in this topic.  If you disagree, I’d love to hear why.  I am SO grateful for those willing to engage in debate, not just on this issue but on any!  There are certainly things I haven’t thought of, studies that I am not aware of, and sources I don’t know about that would be beneficial for consideration.  I am not seeking to be right.  I am seeking the truth.

ADDENDUM made Jan 2005 – Here’s an important read for those presently considering not vaccinating their kids. Now pediatricians are having non-vaccinators sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” form.  This post outlines several reasons parents should not sign it.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. […] it any better, and she has done a lot of research, so I would highly recommend you stopping by The Stewardship Diaries to read what she has to say on the subject.  I promise you will come away either challenged or […]

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  2. Well-done article, Erika. I’m looking forward to reading your follow-up posts, and I’ve linked to this on my blog. I’m not trying to get out of blogging on it myself; but I do think, “Why reinvent the wheel?” This is good stuff.

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  3. Well said, Erika. You have done far more research than I have, and I look forward to hearing more. There was a lot of this that I had never heard before. We do delayed vaccines, and skip just a few, but mostly I am scared into them for fear my kids will get something since they are the few unprotected ones. Very interesting!

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  4. Thank you for your care on this subject and for the reassurance to rest in our husband’s leadership. Our compromise has been an adaptation of the dr sears delayed schedule. Our wonderful doctor helped us create a schedule that will work for us, our babies, and our health insurance and will enable the boys to go to school if we choose in the future (exemption laws are a bit different here).

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  5. Posted by Jane on July 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Good job Erika! We have 7 children and we have faced this issue for the last 28 years. We chose not to vaccinate and felt the Lord’s leading in that direction. Our children have grown up healthy and had few childhood illnesses, praise God! The scripture that inspired our decision was Exodus 15:26, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord you God, and do that which is right in His eyes,… I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” It was an encouragement to us to trust God to protect our children and he would allow trials in our life for our good, by his design.
    I also researched every time I was challenged by doctors and nurses to vaccinate. The doctors could never produce legitimate research proving the efficacy of vaccines. Now that our children are having children, it is interesting to see what choices they will make. Each family will choose what they are convinced is right and we will trust God in both choices for healthy children and trust that God is in control of all he allows in our lives.

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