Vaccination Requirements in Costa Rica
Like most of us who were born in the first world, as an infant and child and young adult I was injected with vaccines. Overall my health is not terrible, but I have always had allergies. I researched the subject of vaccinations of children, and I was disturbed by what I found. It appears that many vaccines (past and present, third world and first world) contain unhealthy quantities of mercury, usually in the form of thimerosal. Additionally, there is some question about whether even aside from the mercury vaccines bias a child's immune response towards preventing uncommon ailments, instead of building a natural resistance to common ailments.
Here are a few links. Certainly you can find many, many more with your favorite search engine.
And finally this gives a recommendation I am inclined to follow (scroll all the way to the bottom):
"In summary, this is a vaccination schedule that I would recommend:
1. No vaccinations until a child is two years old.
2. No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury).
3. No live virus vaccines (except for smallpox, should it recur).
4. These vaccines, to be given one at a time, every six months, beginning at age 2:
1. Pertussis (acellular, not whole cell)
4. Polio (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)"
Our daughter is now almost two weeks old and very healthy. She was born at home, and we did not want to have any vaccinations and so we have not taken her to the hostpital.
In order to get a birth certificate, we will have to jump through a variety of hoops, and according to the folks at the TSE office, this includes getting vaccinations. (They need a copy of the blue vaccination record book in order to process the birth certificate.)
The one thing we are not open to is getting the vaccinations now. What would be best is some kind of legal examption; or perhaps the law here only "recommends" vaccinations and does not require them. But barring that, we'll have to come up with a special arrangement with a doctor to have them sign off in the little blue form even though we are using an "alternate" vaccination schedule.
Any experience and suggestions would be welcome on this topic.
Peter, Milyn, and Rosalinda