Her first vaccine

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Her first vaccine
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Fri, 02-06-2009 - 4:49pm

Well, after two years of non- vaxxing dd I finally made my decision about the single polio shot and she received it yesterday. But that was all, they tried to politely push the Hep B and when I balked that a 2 year old really doesn't need a vaccine that is primarily transmitted through sexual activity I was told, "no no, it's a blood borne pathogen." "Yes," says I, "and so is HIV; I wouldn't give her that vaccine either, if it existed."

Now I actually like our doctor office; it's a small family practice and they have been so supportive of my decision to delay vaccines and then be very selective about what dd will actually get. They let me read the polio insert and insisted if I couldn't find the info I needed they'd google it or call the company. Although I was resistant due to the multiple antibiotics and the 0.02% of formaldehyde, So I was a little taken a back by the Hep B suggestion. Although when I think of it she also tried to sell me the Hib/polio/MMR all in one. Dear God, let's just riddle her immune system shall we...sigh

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Registered: 07-17-2005
In reply to: roanmom
Sat, 02-07-2009 - 3:11pm

"I have watched her like a hawk and she has done fine, probably mainly due to her being over 2 years old, it being a single dead virus and no trace of thimerosol."

I agree! I didn't let my son have any until after age two. You should do a google search for myelin sheath if you don't already know about it. I think one of the ladies here may have a good article about it, maybe they will see this and post it for me...

"She is also still nursing and I caught measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox naturally as a child, thus she is getting good antibodies there."

Mommy protection is always the best kind of protection available ain't it! :)

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Registered: 04-28-2007
In reply to: roanmom
Sat, 02-07-2009 - 2:29pm

Hi,

Actually I do live in the US, but born and bred in Ireland. Ireland currently has a great deal of African immigration and many from countries that still have wild cases of polio. So the reason for this shot was (a) we do travel back to Ireland at least once a year and (b) polio is very much in the inherited memory of my family and countrymen in general. I would consider a diptheria shot for the same reasons but only if it came as a single dose and that'll never happen.

I too received the OPV as a child and would never allow it for my kids. I have no fear of chicken pox, measles, mumps or rubella and I will leave any decision to all my kids when they are old enough to be sexually active and thus can make their own decisions about vaccines such as gardisil, rubella, hep b etc (by then there will be more info on gardisil anyway).

I have watched her like a hawk and she has done fine, probably mainly due to her being over 2 years old, it being a single dead virus and no trace of thimerosol.

She is also still nursing and I caught measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox naturally as a child, thus she is getting good antibodies there.

Dee

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Registered: 07-17-2005
In reply to: roanmom
Fri, 02-06-2009 - 11:22pm

I would offer words of encouragement but other than hoping she does fine like most kids do, I really don't have any. Oh, and that shot has been around a while I think, at least it's not a new one.

I didn't expect to hear a person picking Polio as their first choice. I have probably asked you these questions before, if I remember correctly you have a family member who suffered from Polio?

When is the last time there were any cases of Polio in this country? Was that they year that the Polio Vaccine itself resulted in one of the largest outbreaks of polio in U.S. history?

I believe that in the US, our chance of being struck by lightening is greater than the chance of getting Polio. Then, on top of that likelihood, you have a 1% chance that the disease would cause permanent damage.

My greatest fear used to be Tetanus, I guess because my OBGYN told me of how many deaths it caused in babies (during my pregnancy no doubt). Fast forward to the day I learned that those babies were born onto the freaking dirt in third world countries and their umbilical cord got infected! I’m not so afraid of Tetanus now, it seems pretty simple to avoid any damage from Tetanus, just clean your wounds well.

I totally understand the fear though, my oldest got the IPV but I knew enough not to allow the OPV which they were still using at the time. I remember telling my doctor what I had read about it. When they pulled it, I faxed him a letter, I won’t go into the details but that was one of my biggest lessons so far. Why did they need both Polio shots back then anyway? Needless to say, we won’t be getting boosters for Polio. Or boosters for anything else for that matter.
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Edited to say...You don't live in this country do you? Sorry! What is the rate of Polio in your country?




Edited 2/7/2009 2:15 am ET by crunchymomto2