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    They give so many vaccinations now, even compared to 10 years ago when my first two were babies. I agree with waiting on Hep B. I don't know why they are in such a rush. It's a blood borne pathogen. You can only get it through sex or blood exposure. I don't think my newborn is going to be sharing needles or having sex.

    I'm considering a modified schedule so that my kid won't be getting six or seven vaccines at once. Does anyone know of any good research on this subject? Any information on how many vaccines it's safe to give at once? I know certain ones you can only get in combination any more, like DTaP.

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    I agree with PP that Dr. Sears's vaccine book is a great source of information on alternative scheduling
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    We vaccinated DS on schedule. I didn't have time to do the research I wanted beforehand, so we ended up just going along with everything. I think vaccines for the most part are a good thing and save lives, even though they also kind of freak me out, but I plan to be a bit more cautious this time. I'd like to follow the Dr. Sears schedule with this one, and delay the Heb B and probably skip the chicken pox. I kind of regret giving DS that one. We also don't do flu shots in my house, much to all of our doctors' chagrin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiggersMommy View Post
    We vaccinate on schedule. After doing a lot of research I came to the conclusion that I fear the diseases the vaccines prevent far more than I fear any potential side effects.
    We also vaccinate for this same reason. Had a doctor friend tell us a scary story about an 11 year old that came into the ER with leg pain. They had a hard time figuring out what was going on. It turned out that the 11 year old had somehow contracted Polio, and having never been vaccinated, ended up losing all function of both legs at the tender age of 11. I guess up until recent years, there wasn't a lot of debate about vaccinating children, it was just something that people did, so there was no chance of these diseases becoming epidemic or anything (I still doubt there is, but I know there are cases occurring again). These days, with the scare of autism and other things, there has been quite a lot of debate, and many, many parents choosing not to vaccinate at all. So maybe that is allowing room for some of these strains, like Polio, to emerge, especially in larger cities where there is a lot of immigration. I just can't take that chance with my daughter. I do, however, really like the idea of the delayed schedule. At her one year appointment, I recall her getting 7 shots all at the same time. She had them in both legs AND both arms. That just seemed so extreme to me at the time! We have been lucky and she has never had any reactions to shots, not even fever. But as everyone keeps telling me, all babies/children are different. So I am also taking this discussion into serious consideration for my son.
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