well DD had no vaccinations and no health/development reviews and there is a bloody great notice which fills the screen every time I attend with her .
But I have visited my GP and allowed HV etc one visit to explain my decision making and saftisy them that my decisions are informed and not disinterested IYSWIM. They don't worry about her or my other two at all. My GP is lovely actually
Well one gp berated me for not having ds vaccinated with MMR when he was 4 months old. When I pointed out that babies don't get that vaccination until they're 13 months she was very embarrassed. I have no idea what they might do but the idea that not immunising according to the NHS schedule is a red flag for neglect is worrying. there is a difference between carefully deciding what is the best thing for an individual child's health, and just not bothering to turn up for immunisations, and nowhere is this differentiation made in the guidelines. That is what upsets me.
I avoided vaccinations without having a discussion with anybody about it -- that's what bothers me. I rather hoped that the delaying tactics would work, without me going on some blacklist. And they did, but I wasn't neglectful, I just wanted privacy.
It does seem to mean that you have to respond to the health visitor and the GP and explain your reasons. But it does also indicate that parents are losing a lot of freedom as well as privacy when it comes to treating their children.
Given that there was a lot of fear of blacklisting and being struck off -- perhaps that has dissipated now -- I think it's understandable that parents might want to refuse or avoid without having a discussion with their health visitor about it.
It worries me a hell of a lot. I'm really glad I don't have a baby now. Crumbs. It seems really sinister to me.
I'm a little bit unhappy about this too. Sure it doesn't mean parents have to vaccinate, but it certainly brings compulsory vaccinations a big step closer should a future government decide this is desirable.