[quote name='Josunshine' date='16/04/2010, 03:42 PM' post='11287744']
Hi everyone and thanks for the welcome!
Its really great to know there are other mums out there in the same boat.
As for encountering discrimination about not vaccinating I've been given so much grief by family and friends its crazy.
I really had no idea that other mum's who decided to not vaccinate were given such a hard time. My kids haven't had any. I had one negative comment (when my DD was in her first weeks, she is now 4) from my MIL. I was in tears over that. But that was it. No overtly negative comments from any other family, friends, GP, childcare or kinder. It's not like I bring up the subject though. Up til now, I've just accepted that most of my friends aren't interested in questioning the program. I've had only one friend ask more, and I lent her the papers of clinical trials I gathered.
These days my daughter is at a steiner kinder and last week they had an anthroposophical health consultant talk about "managing children's illnesses with confidence and care". She was clearly anti-vaccine. And was in the "better to get the illness" school of thought. Quite new for me! So obviously no pressure to vaccinate coming from there/the kinder.
I also have to admit to agreeing with what you said about the pharmaceutical industry. If a negative result comes up, there seems immense pressure to downplay it so that it doesn't get into more mainstream channels. Not many GP's or other people for that matter, have the time to read the original full text from clinical trials, but if you do, it is staggering when you read a negative result suddenly presented in the most positive light or not at all, in the Abstract - which is all 99% of people are going to read.
You are brave to bring up the issue!