This article is from the Childhood Vaccinations FAQ, by Lynn Gazis-Sax email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
(It would be easier to answer/comment if the questions were
enumerated, I hope the following does not further confuse the issue)
I tend not to allow my child to be vaccinated.
My HMO (Kaiser Permanente), has not given me actual numbers of
efficacy/side effects over the life of an average person. I understand
that the definition of side effects is what happens within 6 weeks.
If the effects are known to be longer, why should side effects be of
My wife, who is an M.D. thinks differently. Our son got all the
recommended shots. I had my fingers crossed. He also got the works
for our recent trip to India/Pakistan. I don't think it worked as he
did land up with stools etc., was prescribed some anti-biotic (Bactrin
I dont take any shots when I visit that region; but then, I grew up
there, not that I was vaccinated regularly there :-)
About the hepatitis B shots, not enough is known. Also, should babies
be given this or more likely adolescents... if they are becoming
sexually active. Apparently, they do get some residual effects from
their infancy vaccines.
My conclusion is, that if you are looking for answers, a long term
view, and hard numbers, there is a lot of gray area. All the numbers
are based on samples, statistics, control groups, duration of
followup, etc. You decide what you want to bet on, in this russian
There may also be a legal requirement in public schools, private
schools can probably do anything they wish. I think you can get around
public school limitations, however, you may have to go to court.
You may wish to hunt the sci.med archives for more discussion; I dont
know how enlightening you will find it :-). Below is an example: