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Registered: 07-05-2005
Wed, 03-13-2013 - 9:01am

The standard vaccine schedule for young children in the United States is safe and effective, a new review says.

The report, issued Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the first to look at the entire vaccine schedule as opposed to just individual vaccines. The current vaccine schedule entails 24 vaccines given before the age of 2, averaging one to five shots during a single doctor visit.

"The committee found no evidence that the childhood immunization schedule is not safe," said Ada Sue Hinshaw, chair of the committee that produced the report and dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

Childhood Vaccine Schedule Is Safe, Report Says-

Have you had a chance to think about what you will do regarding immunizations and baby? BTDT mamas, did you follow the vaccine schedule recommended by your doctor?

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 7:45am

I have not decided yet.  I plan to talk to our pediatrician about it, but I'm leaning towards a modified schedule. 

~ Ashley ~

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Registered: 02-21-2004
Tue, 03-19-2013 - 9:20am
We vaccinate on schedule. There haven't been any issues with any of our 3, so we don't plan to do anything different.

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Registered: 08-13-2007
Sun, 03-31-2013 - 1:19pm
I plan to do the same with this baby as I did with the others. We will be following the standard plan. Especially in the beginning I have a hard enough time remembering to brush my hair, so adding anything more to the mix is too much. My only complaint about the standard vaccine schedule is five shots is a lot. It would be nice if our doctors office had more than one person administer all these vaccines.