Do you vaccinate your children? What about the risks?

Most people get vaccinated each year for the flu, and get their children vaccinated throughout childhood for dangerous diseases such as measles, whooping cough, etc.  At the same time, there are scores of people out there who refuse to get their children vaccinated for fear that something awful may happen to their child; such as developing autism, brain damage, or even death.

What if I told you that both groups of these people are right?  That there is not only the extreme ends of the spectrum: “vaccines are great” or “vaccines are deadly”, but more of a middle ground.  What if I said that yes, vaccines are wonderful life saving tools and save millions of people from developing deadly diseases each year; yet at the same time there are those out there who may be susceptible to getting ill from the vaccine?

Recently I had a chance to watch the documentary The Greater Good, and it really opened my eyes to the idea that there is more than just the idea of pro-vaccine, or anti-vaccine. 

What the documentary aims to show you is that although vaccines really are good for society, there may be people who are just genetically predisposed to having a reaction from the vaccine (moreover, the ingredients used to administer the vaccine).  Some of the reactions could be simple rashes, or could be as severe as brain damage, autism, and even death.

The Greater Good, really asks you to take a look at the bigger picture and realize that perhaps vaccines are not really “one size fits all.”  We need to look at bettering the vaccines we do have so those who may be in danger of having some type of reaction are either getting a different type of vaccine, or just not required to have it.  Be that through genetic testing to look for indicators that might make them a risk, or just developing new/better vaccines.

If you do nothing else, I highly suggest watching this documentary.  There are three families featured in The Greater Good, and each of those families has a heartbreaking story to tell. 


THE GREATER GOOD looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.

Our society has reached a crossroads on vaccines. Americans are asking questions about safety but are confused about where to turn for answers. Government agencies are charged with implementing sound policies that will keep vaccination rates high and disease rates low. But to accomplish this noble goal, does the government go too far in shielding the public from possible side effects?

THE GREATER GOOD explores this pressing question and sheds light on an issue that is already on the minds of expecting mothers and fathers, grandparents, doctors and healthcare professionals across the country. Human stories of families forever changed by their vaccine choices engage audiences while vaccine experts help refocus the discussion of vaccine safety within a troubled system.

One of the stories in this documentary features a young girl who chose to get the Gardasil vaccine because she kept seeing the ads on T.V. saying she needed to get it.  Her mom took her in, and after getting the vaccine she had two strokes, seizures, partial paralysis, and vision problems.  The medication now required to keep her alive has crippled the family financially.

After watching this documentary there were several things I learned, one of which is that the drug companies that make vaccines CANNOT be sued or held financially responsible for problems related to the vaccines.  There is a special court system set up for the pharmaceutical companies that make the vaccine, and they are not liable at all!

Here is a preview to the documentary, take a look:

Watch the Documentary and then come back to let us know your thoughts.  You won’t be disappointed!

If  you want to read or learn more about this documentary please head over to The Greater Good website here:  

Or visit them on social media here: 


Twitter:  @greatergoodfilm





Written by Jesica H.

Disclosure: The Mommy Bunch was provided a free copy of the documentary to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own.

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15 thoughts on “Do you vaccinate your children? What about the risks?

  • October 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    As someone who was damaged by vaccines personally and who does not vaccine my children, I am really interested in seeing more about this! Reply
    • October 24, 2012 at 9:31 am
      Yep, me too Cinny, but I also think there may be some people out there who just are genetically different and cannot handle them the way most people do. I really think we need to research this more! What are your thoughts on something like that? Reply
  • October 24, 2012 at 9:37 am
    I saw my sister struggle with her health following a series of vaccinations. I think more research needs to be done on the ingredients. Until then I just watch my son very closely each time. Reply
  • October 24, 2012 at 9:48 am
    Unfortunately any one who has children in public schools have to get the vaccinations but I wish their was an alternative. Reply
  • October 24, 2012 at 9:54 am
    I'd love to win this documentary (although I know you haven't posted the giveaway yet) because I want to be informed. We've given out son the standard vaccines and the flu shop. But some of the newer vaccines make me skeptical. My heart goes out to the families whose children are suffering. However, I don't think all of these cases are due to vaccines. There could be genetic and environmental issues at work. Reply
  • October 24, 2012 at 11:12 am
    I get all of my kids shots. But I do not get my 3 year old son the flu shot because he has epilepsy and I don't feel safe after the bad dose they had a couple years ago. Reply
  • October 24, 2012 at 11:57 am
    I am so glad you put this information out there! There are many risk with vaccinating, and I personally feel bullied to vaccinate my children. The only ones they receive are the necessary ones for school entry. I have tried to say its my right to not vaccinate and I was told my child would be pulled out of school. We don not get flu shots or any of the extras. Reply
  • October 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    Great post! This is a very touchy subject and I pray for those who are dealing with side effects from vaccinating. I guess it would be up to that parent if they wanted to do it or not. Reply
  • October 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    After seeing the changes in my son following his 12 month vaccines, I think that there's not enough research done on these vaccines. There's too many children becoming ill because of them. Reply
  • October 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm
    I do get my son his vaccines. A lot of kids are still getting sick and some still die from being sick. I get my son a flu shot every year we all do. I think all parents should do it. The one who said her son had a medical condition then that is an exception. Some people do have side effects but you will never know till you try. I rather have my son have some side effects then be really sick. I have had some side effects from shots and now I know what I can not have. I am ok so most kids will get over it. When my son was 10 months (2 now) he had to have open heart surgery. I never want to see my son in the hospital again or being sick. Reply
    • October 25, 2012 at 8:41 am
      Kristy, I agree that people should be vaccinated for most things, but the point of this documentary is that some people are just genetically different and susceptible to having a reaction and you are right...we don't know who those people may be. That is why they are calling for more research, and possibly genetic testing to rule certain people out from getting the vaccines. If you can watch this documentary I highly suggest it! Reply
  • October 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm
    I've been very lucky that my kids had never had any negative reations to shots, I do get them vaccinated when I need to but I watch for the risks. Reply
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