Several of my blogging buddies have opted out of vacciniating their children, so I know that this topic is touchy. I feel informed about my choices (to vaccinate or not, that is the question), and we have chosen to vaccinate our children. My kids have always done fine with very minor (if any) side effects, so I have never questioned that we made the right choice. I have kept track of all of the vaccines the kids have gotten since they were babies, and for Cody who is now five, the shots are coming to an end. Yesterday, however, I had to take both the boys in for their physicals (Caden for his fifteen month check-up and Cody for his kindergarten physical) and both the boys got shots. Cody only had to get one, Caden got two. They really did fine (a little whimpering, but not too bad!) and we left the doctor's office with my sanity still intact. WHEW!
Last night, however, Cody spiked a fever of 102.4. No other symptoms, no complaints, just a fever. I immediately called the pharmacist (my new best friend) and he reassured me that this is normal and that it happens to 1 in 20 kids who get this particular vaccine. This morning the fever is down but it is still there.
Every mother knows what it's like (f they choose to vaccinate) when they take their little baby to the doctor's office to get those first shots. It's heart-breaking, but you truly feel you're doing the right, responsible thing...protecting your child from dangerous illnesses and diseases, vaccinating them so they don't have to fight the system once they enter school, and listening to the doctors who reassure you that what you're reading "out there" is untrue. It's hard to know what to believe sometimes, but you go with your gut and trust you're making the right decision for your kids. As our doctor says, the benefit far outweighs the risk.
But my little guy is feverish today and I feel guilty. I know I am making the right decision for our family. I just feel bad for him. And, perhaps the fever is something else entirely, something other than a side effect of the vaccine? Who knows. In any case, I'm going to shut down my computer and get some cuddle time on the couch with him while the baby naps. It's a rainy day and I can't think of anything else I'd rather do! Have a great day, everyone.