Selective Vaxing question

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Registered: 04-21-2003
Selective Vaxing question
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Mon, 04-21-2003 - 11:55pm
Hi all. I just came across this board and have a question about where to find info regarding selectively vaxing. We have read Stephanie Cave's book and found it to be very helpful, and have delayed all vaxes for now (dd is 3.75 months). We're thinking we want to get even less vaccines than Dr. Cave recommends but aren't sure how to decide. For those who selectively vax - how did you decide which ones to get and not get? I've done internet searches and just can't find a good reference. We've already decided to selectively vax, so it's not really a debate question but it doesn't seem appropriate on either of the support boards. Thanks for any help you can give :)

Betty & Sarah 3.75 months and no vaccinations yet

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-22-2003 - 9:44am
Hi Betty, welcome to the board. There is not a lot of information out there about selectively vaccinating. I also selectively/delay vaxx my children. As long as you follow the rules regarding the spacing of shots in a series (meaning not giving the next shot in a series too soon after the previous one) you can use whatever schedule you are comfortable with. One thing I always suggest is calling your state health department to see which of the diseases we vaccinate for have been seen in your area in the recent past. This might give you a better idea of what she is most at risk for and help you decide which vaccines you might want to give first. You can also get the rules for vaccine/school requirements in your state, and see which exemptions are available to you if you choose not to give all the vaccines your schools require.

One more piece of advice -- I waited on my oldest child until he was 4 to start vaccinating, and it was a nightmare. He was TERRIFIED of the shots, and had to go every few months for 2 shots until he completed the ones we are giving. It was really hard on him at that age. My baby is getting DTaP on schedule because of my concerns about Pertussis, but the other shots are being delayed. Probably will start one series when he is 1, one when he is 2, one when he is 3, etc. until he is done.

Best of luck to you!

Keeley

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Registered: 04-21-2003
Tue, 04-22-2003 - 2:09pm
Thanks Keeley! So your baby will only be getting DTaP and nothing else until 1 year old? Any that you don't plan on giving ever? What are your thoughts on Hib? Thanks for your response :)
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 04-24-2003 - 11:21am
Hi again,

If I had my way, my kiddos would probably get just DTaP and MMR. They are the diseases I am most concerned about. At this point, I truly do not think they are at much risk for Hep B or Polio, but they are required by schools in my state and I do not have a philosophical exemption option (can't pick and choose vaccines if I want to use public schools -- it's all or nothing). I also would have skipped Varicella, and am waiting until nearly the last minute on that one!

I am skipping Hib and Prevnar for my kids, which are not required for schools here. Hib I considered, but in my research found that breastfed babies out of daycare are not at great risk. There is still a risk though, and my Ped *does* want me to get it. And conincidentally, the balinitis my 2-year old (at the time) suffered *could* have been caused by Hib. Just a guess, we don't know that was the cause. So many parents still opt for Hib, even if the baby is nursed at home.

Hope this helps!! Do your research, and then do what seems right for your family. It is hard, because there is risk either way. I want to minimize vaccines due to the allergies/autoimmune conditions in my family, but I still want my kids protected as best I can. (By the way, there is not proof vaccines are more than very rarely related to allergies/autoimmune disease, but research is ongoing to study possible connections.) That's why I've been here (this board) forever -- I'm still always looking for more information. If you haven't been there, PubMed is a great resource for specific information you may need http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Entrez/ IMO, medical journal studies/articles are the best resource out there.

Keeley