Quoting Kristennnnnnnnn:" My opinion is Measles, Mumps. and Rubella are all dangerous diseases that can be life threatening. I ... [snip!] ... I don't want my kids to have to worry about that as they get older. I have to be careful during my pregnancies especially."
I was actually recently told the exact opposite from my daughter's pediatrician. She just recently (a few days ago) caught measles. I was FREAKING out. Thinking she was going to be in the hospital for days etc. Her pediatrician told me it was dangerous a long time ago because when the outbreak occurred, the living conditions were very poor and un-hygienic, access to a healthy diet was very difficult and those elements connected to getting sick is what caused the severe side effects to follow like pneumonia and death. Having colds and a stomach flu also caused those deaths at that time. Today we have much better living conditions, our children are well fed and strong. Unless there is a disease affecting the immune system most get over those no problem and without the help of medication. She compared it to a bad cold or chicken pox. Even said that the vaccination for it is in her opinion based or financial gain versus actual medical need in our days. In a third world country with harder living conditions they could benefit from it but not here. My daughter today still has the rash but is absolutely fine.
It then got me thinking...why the heck do we have vaccination for chicken pox now? We didn't have it when I was a child. I caught it, was fine. Everyone I know who caught it at a young age was fine. Heck parents used to have chicken pox parties when one was sick to have all the others exposed at a young age or during summer vacation to get it over with. Sure some have bad side effects from it, like some have bad reactions to colds. I think that vaccination should be administered to teenagers that have not yet contracted chicken pox since it is more dangerous when they are older but not for babies that's for sure.
A lot of the vaccinations we have listed as requirements today are not necessary and certainly a HUGE business/financial profit tactic for many companies.
Learning this, we chose to have our third child not get vaccinated. I don't know if it causes autism or not but I can guaranty you that of all three, my youngest is the one that bounces back from illness the fastest and the least likely to catch something the minute someone has the sniffles around us.