Need input on delayed vaccinations

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Need input on delayed vaccinations
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Thu, 05-22-2008 - 3:04pm

Let me start by saying I do not like debates and I have feared posting this for it turning into a debate. I know this is a debate board but I wasn't sure where else to go for information. I am hoping you all will (as I'm sure you will) respect my personal choice, situation and just give me info and not make me run away and cry! LOL See I am a wus and hate debate and am a sensitive little flower. Ok really I don't think anyone will be mean but I know debates can get heated.


Here is a little background...


My son Zachary is 6 months old and at 5wks he was hospitalized for FTT and we were faced with a possible diagnosis of JMML...a RARE chronic infant lukemia. Z is a medical marvel/miracle and after several rounds of testing, a bone marrow drive, more testing and procedures, we still don't know if it was a "fluke" or what. Something was wrong w/him and may still be but for now, he is stable. Because of him facing a possible bone marrow transplant he was not vaccinated. I have not gotten the OK to have him vaccinated just yet. His oncologist has suggested we wait. I am fine with that because we are so unsure of his future still. My question is, when we get the okay to vaccinate him do we let them do it all at once or is there a "delayed" schedule we can use? I see his pediatrician on the 2nd and will discuss this with her, I trust her but I am also my baby's only advocate and want to do some research on this. He will be vaccinated because we want him too but I just want to make sure we do it the best way we can for him.


Thank you all for listening to me and sharing any info you may have.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 05-22-2008 - 3:36pm

Hi Jennifer. Personally, I don't vacc my kids, but never do I suggest to anyone what they should or shouldn't do as a parent. That was a sad read, I'm very sorry to hear of your son's problems. It must be VERY scary! This is just my personal opinion, take it for what it's worth. The fact that your doctor didn't want to vaccinate is actually, pretty reassuring. I'd talk to her about what vaccinations are "really" needed. Personally, I'd try to eliminate as much as I could, but, that's my personal opinion. He's already starting behind the curveball with a weak(er) system to begin with.


Talk to your doctor, then follow your instincts. I'm a firm believer that a mama's instincts are never wrong, no matter what you decide to do. If you feel "funny" about something - there's a reason for that; if you don't feel funny, then trust your instincts.

Rands

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 05-22-2008 - 3:41pm

Here's the link Jennifer.

Rands

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Registered: 10-26-2005
Thu, 05-22-2008 - 3:55pm

Thank you!


My first son had all his vaccinations so I just assumed I'd do the same w/Zachary but now I just don't know.


When he was hospitalized he also had pnuemonia and HiB. The tested him for CF. I will read this thread and talk to his doctors. Obviously it was not too big of a concern for them. I did get a DTP shot at my annual b/c they wanted to prevent me from getting whooping cough since he wasn't vaccinated.


Thanks again for your kind words and info!

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Thu, 05-22-2008 - 3:58pm

Hi Jennifer,

Welcome to the board. Zachary is really cute and I'm happy to hear he is now stable.

We have stopped vaccinating just so you are clear on where I am on the debate. I believe that parents should have the right to choose whether to vaccinate or not.

That being said, I fully respect any parent's decision to vaccinate. I personally thinks parents need to take the time to do their own research and come to a conclusion they are comfortable with for their children.

There are two other vaccine boards in addition to this on iVillage - the vaccine support board and the non-vaccine support board (which does have selectively vaxing parents on it) - you might also wish to post on either of those boards. "Debates" are not allowed on either. Links: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppvaccines and http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppnonvaccine

The CDC does publish what it calls "catch-up" schedules that can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/default.htm

And then other people follow alternate schedules, Dr. Sears new book proposes an alternate schedule that seems to have been welcomed by some of the medical community.

Some other alternate schedules:

A User-Friendly Vaccination Schedule
by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD
http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller15.html

Are vaccines a waste of time?
EXTRACTED from The Truth About Vaccines by Richard Halvorsen, GP
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23404585-details/Are+vaccines+a+waste+of+time/article.do?ito=newsnow

Dr Sears:
http://www.askdrsears.com/thevaccinebook/labels/Alternative%20Vaccine%20Schedule.asp

I believe Dr Stephanie Cave's book also has alternate schedules:
http://www.amazon.com/What-Doctor-About-Childrens-Vaccinations/dp/0446677078

I hope this helps,









Edited 5/22/2008 4:00 pm ET by cl-tashlb
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Thu, 05-22-2008 - 4:22pm

Thanks Tash!


I didn't realize we had the other boards (sorry!). I also knew that most people who debate on topics and are passionate about it gather lots of info! So thank you so much for the links.


I think I have time and just that one article/discussion from Dr. Sears had so much information! I really like how he broke it all down. You ladies got me thinking so thank you!!!

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Thu, 05-22-2008 - 4:26pm
No problem Jennifer and you are more than welcome to continue posting any questions you have to this board! Happy to answer and be of help :)





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Registered: 04-09-2008
Fri, 05-23-2008 - 12:23pm
And, BTW Jennifer... "most" on the debate board that are active are actually very friendly so don't be timid. Yes, we all have strong opinions, but most also respect the other person's position - it's sort of like a friendly-debate board - kinda wierd... ;-)

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Registered: 03-17-2008
Wed, 05-28-2008 - 9:23pm

I wanted to thank you ladies so much for your help! I talked to my pedi about this and she said that when we get the ok, we can discuss each shot and my feelings on them and go from there.


I appreciate your kindness and help!!!

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Thu, 05-29-2008 - 7:51am
Very glad to hear your pedi is open minded to your wishes and concerns. Some are - some aren't, it's always a toss up!

Rands

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Thu, 05-29-2008 - 11:02am

Hi Jennifer,

Happy to hear your pediatrician was open to having the discussion.

Best of luck with your decision.