We vaccinate on the pedi's schedule. With DS I was freaking out at one of his big appts where he was going to get multiple vaccinations and the pedi sat down and talked to me about why she believes that research shows it was safe. She really calmed my fears about vaccines and all the horrible things you hear about them.
I would do your own research and come to your own conclusions. I second the recommendation of the Dr. Sear's book-- it is helpful and weighs the pros and cons, risks and benefits.
I've taken a different approach on nearly each of our kids-- bc we were in different situations. For example, we delayed the DTaP for our 2nd DD, bc she was only kept at home and not in any daycare setting. However, with our 3rd DD, I did get her the DTaP nearly on "schedule" bc she had siblings who attended public school with a fairly large non- immunized population.
Some things, like HepB, I delay until my kids are ready for kindy. Just bc I feel confident that they won't be using intravenous drugs or having sex before then (the only ways HepB is transmitted....) So I wait until their systems are more mature. Other vaxes I skip entirely (chicken pox) since they are now discovering that a bunch of middle schoolers are getting shingles bc the immunization hasn't been totally effective for as long as natural immunity.
I"m grateful for the science that has brought us immunizations and glad that I don't have to worry about my kids getting polio. At the same time, I think there is a balance between when and how many shots they get as wee infants......
That said, I don't think there is a "right" way to do it. It depends on your family, your situation. My decisions were made as an exclusively breastfeeding, kids never in daycare mama.....were my circumstances different, I would proceed in another way.
GL with your decisions!
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
Baby #3 due July 6 2013
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We selectively vax. Kaylee had her newborn vax's, some of the vax's from nb-one year and then after research we decided that we no longer wished to vax at all. We will be doing the same for Rowan when he gets here [no vax] We will look over all the vax's again when Kay is 5 and decide if there is anything we feel she needs. The human body is simply amazing when you allow the immune system to develope on its own. Plus a vax doesnt 100% prevent any illness or disease, you still have a chance of your child rejecting it and you'll never know unless they fall ill.
For school we will be filling out exemption forms stating religious reasons for our non-vax; same for daycare if we ever use it. (:
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We do vaccinate on schedule but I like Audra's take on it. I think it is an individual decision and while I don't particularly understand the choice of not vaccinating at all (I think that's a bit extreme, personally), I think "to each his own". Everyone's got to make their own decision based on their own circumstances. And I think the pharmaceutical industry is largely greed-driven so I do have a fair amount of distrust in any studies and propoganda that come out of there.
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CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
From our Dept of Health info:
"Since 2001, thimerosal has not been used as a preservative in routinely recommended childhood vaccines, with the exception of some influenza and tetnus-diphtheria vaccines in mutli-dose vials. Thimerosal has never been used in live vaccines (MMR, varicella, and intranasal flu vaccine)."
I have requested and received flu shots without thimerosal while TTC and while pregnant (it's a requirement at my hospital to be vaccinated every year) so I would think the same could be requested for children (6 months or older) or the nasal spray if older than 2 years old. I'm choosing to vaccinate my child because after reading info for each vaccination and different studies, I think the benefits outweight the risks. I do appreciate how great our immune systems can be for certain diseases (e.g., colds) however a lot of the diseases we vaccinate for (measles, mumps) can have serious outcomes (recognizing these are usually the rare instances but I don't want to risk it).
I'm curious too what shots were received by your son at age three because according to our pediatrician's schedule the only shots vaccines that would be received at age 3 are catch up vaccines missed at an earlier age.