The Vaccination Vexation

Mama Greenest reflects on the sensitive issue of whether to vaccinate her child



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Another prominent factor in our decision was the manufacture of vaccines. For example, I don’t like that you can no longer get the mumps, measles, or rubella vaccines individually; why that is the case is suspect to me. And it’s no secret that many vaccines contain ingredients like formaldehyde, preservatives, antibiotics, fetal bovine serum, and aluminum (some, like the Hepatitis B vaccine, used to contain mercury). The amount is said to be trivial, but for me it’s still too much. I don’t even use chemicals to clean my bathroom, so why would I want them injected into my daughter, in any amount? Even Coraline’s doctor — who is supportive of our choice not to vaccinate — said: “You just don’t know what’s in them.”

I guess the bottom line is this: There are plenty of doctors, religious groups, public health officials, and parents who believe that not vaccinating your children is dangerous and silly. But there are also plenty who believe that to do so is dangerous and silly. That’s why it really is such a personal decision: What do you feel is right for your baby? Go vaccine by vaccine and asked yourself three questions — What is it? What is it for? Are they really at risk? See what you come up with and take it from there.

Green Living Tip of the Week:
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Shannon Gallagher

Shannon Gallagher
Rhinebeck, NY


Dutchess County native Shannon Gallagher is a contributing editor for Hudson Valley Magazine. An erstwhile thrill-seeker, these days she courts disaster of a different variety wrangling a spirited toddler, honing her vegan baking skills, and chasing the ever-elusive work-family balance. She teaches Pilates and does fascial bodywork, and lives in Rhinebeck with Coraline, a cat named Otie, and Sushi the Fish (named, of course, by the toddler).

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