I am pro vaccination. I did hold off on the MMR with K since he had a severe food allergy to eggs and the MMR is grown on egg culture. Nevertheless, he eventually got it and did fine.
Since there is a lot of stuff on the internet and literature about vaccination and autism, I've always been nervous about my kids being hurt by vaccinations or having a bad reaction. However, both K and L have done fine and are up to date.
However, after A's 4 month shots, he became very irritable, stopped smiling, began to arch his back when nursing, and was fussy to say the least. His trademark of being left in a room and forgotten because of his natural tendency to be content, became no more. The usual box of toys he would play with happily, he would pick up and shake and then scream. The best phrase to describe what happened to him is that he went autistic on me. I remember thinking, wow, my wrists hurt so much trying to nurse him in a weird position. Something's not right.
He was really bad for a week. I was soooooooo sad and stressed out about it. I took him for a really long walk on a sling against my chest. He seemed to calm down. It took a month for him to get back to his normal, happy, self meaning that when I walked into his room to get him from a nap, he would be there ready and smiling.
I did a lot of research, talked to doctors, blah, blah, blah. Since I am a person that relies a lot on my intuition, I have felt strongly that his reaction was due to certain vaccines he received that day. He has yet to get those ones again but has received others such as the chicken pox, Hep A and Hep B.
Had I been too busy or not putting two and two together, I would of passed what was happening to him as a phase. However, A was not a fussy baby at all. In fact, he was the most pleasant little baby I've had so far.
I think so much more research needs to be done. This might be far fetched but I think that a small portion of children aren't able to handle certain vaccines. Instead of it protecting a child, the vaccine inflames the brain and continuing to give them the vaccinations may end up causing permanent brain damage.
As a parent we all want the best for our kids. We want them to have the best chance in life. So for now, I am holding off on certain vaccines for A. It doesn't mean I am against vaccinations. It just means that I understand that each person is an individual with different needs. Some kids don't handle them well and I wish more research was being done to know what type of kids those are and act accordingly.
As a note, both A and K had their well appointments 1 1/2 weeks ago. Poor K had 5 shots and four or five warts burned off, one of which became a bloody blister the size of a penny. We ended up at urgent care because of the pinkness around it and the pink streak going to his wrist. Red flag. The doctor cut it out (nasty BTW) and he's currently on antibiotics. As for getting five shots.....it hurt but he's not autistic. The next day after getting his shots, A got a fever, threw up, became croupy, and was a mess. Go figure!
My advice........Be careful. Be observant. Follow your gut feelings! Make your own decision and stick to it.