I live in the UK and have a healthy and vibrant 3 year...
"I live in the UK and have a healthy and vibrant 3 year old daughter who is, I am proud to say, completely unvaccinated. She has no health problems, no allergies, no food intolerances, and takes no medicines. She is by far the healthiest kid in our street. Is this due to her avoiding vaccines? I believe so, but as the 'powers that be' never fancy comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children in a scientific manner, I guess I can't prove it. The fact that this kind of study has never been done by manufacturers or governments says it all.
Our experience of the health authorities here in the UK wasn't too bad - I know some people get bullied a bit, but we only got a bit of gentle pressure after my daughter was born. If you know what you're talking about and stand your ground, the midwifes/health visitors don't seem to push things. Our parents were harder work, the vaccine dogma seems to run deep in their generation I'm afraid.
I recall a neighbour (a pharmacist) telling me how many children had died of measles at his hospital in London. I then had to point out to him that the last child to die of an acute measles infection in the UK was in 1992!! Once you do your research, the level of ignorance surrounding vaccines is quite depressing, even amongst so-called health professionals.
Although I have strong feelings about avoiding vaccines, I almost always keep my views to myself - experience has shown me that people can get very defensive about the subject. I have absolutely no regrets about not vaccinating my child, but sometimes I wonder how parents that have decided to vaccinate feel. Once it's done there's no going back, and even if they have doubts, I think it's virtually impossible for parents to admit to themselves that they might have done something that has harmed their children.
To parents thinking about not vaccinating their children, I would just say do your research, read widely and don't just absorb the mainstream views. You will discover that there is a lot of bad science, dirty money and dirtier politics surrounding vaccination. "